Joe Lieberman, Republican?

(CNN) -- Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat who sits with Democratic caucus, said Tuesday that he would not rule out running for re-election in 2012 as a Republican.

Lieberman angered his colleagues in the Democratic caucus this week by threatening to torpedo health care legislation if it contains a government-run public health insurance or an expansion of Medicare.

Lieberman said he wasn't sure which party, if any, he would represent in his next election.

"I like being an independent, so that's definitely a possibility," the Connecticut senator said. "But I'd say all options are open."

He called running as a Republican "unlikely" but added that he wouldn't "foreclose any possibility."

"I've reached the stage in my career where I'm not measuring every step I take based on how it's going to affect the next election," Lieberman said. "I think if you do that, you end up compromising the quality of your service."
I doubt it. I suppose that anything can happen, but my hunch is that Senator Lieberman likes being the Guy-In-The-Middle. He gets to have leverage with both political parties -- regardless of which is in power. He's got his proverbial cake... and he's eating it too!

I think we'll see him run as an independent again when his current term is over. Although I must say that I admire his comment about not making decision based on 'how it's going to affect the next election'. I wish more (all?) politicians would take that stance...