Whatever Joe Lieberman Wants

As the only Democrat who supports Bush on the war, he's become the Senate's one-man tipping point. What will he do with his power?

Jay L. Clendenin/Aurora for TIME

U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) poses for a portrait in his U.S. Capitol office.

In his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Joe Lieberman has cultivated an image of himself as a lonely prude among the morally corrupt, that rare Washington official who places principle above politics. But with the Democrats' hold on power dependent on just one vote — in effect, his — and with Republicans courting him to tilt the balance in their favor, Lieberman has been indulging in some fairly immodest political footsie. Early this year he terrified fellow Democrats by skipping several of the weekly caucus lunches that cement party fidelity in the Senate. Recently he was spotted in the Republican...

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