WASHINGTON -- Get ready for an ugly divorce.
More than 53,000 "Liberal Critters" have signed the "Lieberman Must Go" petition that calls on Senate Democrats to remove Lieberman from his chairmanship
Joe Lieberman and the Democratic Party are headed for splitsville -- irreconcilably divided over who should lead the nation in this time of war.Bank on it.
Truth be told, it has been a marriage of convenience for the past two years -- ever since Connecticut Democrats turned away from Lieberman and his support for President Bush's Iraq war policies.
Senate Democrats welcomed Lieberman back in their caucus -- happy to gain a 51-49 majority, but uneasy with his militant foreign policy.
They swallowed hard when Lieberman endorsed Republican John McCain for president; steamed as Lieberman attached himself to McCain's hip on the campaign trail; and boiled when Lieberman launched assaults at their own candidate, Barack Obama.
But the latest news -- Lieberman's announcement Wednesday that he will kick off the Republican National Convention -- has them ready to burst.
He'll stand there and tell the nation to elect a Republican president.
"I only wish that impeachment existed for senators," complained California filmmaker and political activist Robert Greenwald, who launched an Internet petition drive to strip Lieberman of the chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.