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Joe Lieberman ’64, ’67LLB

These are tough times for those Blue boosters who like to bask in the reflected glory of Yale’s dominance in presidential politics. This summer, for the first time since 1968, neither party nominated a Yale graduate for president or vice president, and Eli watchers are left to grasp at whatever alumni stories they can—in this case the odd spectacle of a former Democratic candidate for vice president addressing the Republican Convention.

In his speech on September 2, Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman ’64, ’67LLB, praised Republican nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin and dismissed Barack Obama as someone who “has not reached across party lines to accomplish anything significant.” But he did have a good word for his old friend Bill Clinton ’73JD, whom he said “got some important things done like welfare reform, free trade agreements, and a balanced budget.”

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