Imagine, if you will, that Al Gore had won a marginally better campaign in 2000 and won the electoral vote as well as the popular. Imagine further that Mr. Gore chokes on a chicken bone at a victory party and thus the vice president elect, Joe Lieberman, becomes president.
Mr. Lieberman, you’ll recall, though ostensibly a Democrat until last year, has been one of President Bush’s staunchest supporters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus it’s not unreasonable to assume that he’d have prosecuted a similar foreign policy, and that we’d find ourselves in a similar quagmire.
How would the political landscape be different? Would other prominent Democrats support the war? Would the neocons oppose Lieberman because he was of the wrong party? How might things be different?