Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is replacing West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin at centrist group No Labels.
Lieberman, who ran for the vice-presidency in 2000 as a Democrat and later switched his party affiliation to independent, joins former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) as honorary co-chairmen at the organization. Huntsman called Lieberman a “proven leader and an undisputed problem solver” in a Monday announcement of the decision.
“We are getting closer, as a nation, to healing our divisions and working together, but we have a long way to go. The 2016 presidential elections are a great opportunity to focus on problem-solving, and No Labels is the only group that can make that happen,” Lieberman said.
Let’s be honest about something here: Joe Lieberman can only be considered “centrist” because the Democrats have been lurching leftward for thirty years. He’s actually what a real Democrat used to be but seems practically reactionary relative to the progressive loons the party holds in such high esteem (see: Elizabeth Warren).
On a side note, Jon Huntsman’s brand of centrism is definitely not something that the Republican Party needs with the power it now has. It’s been moving a bit leftward itself in recent years and could use a rightward correction.