Joe Lieberman for Defense Secretary? Fuhgeddaboudit

 You gotta laugh at this one.

The New York Post is reporting  with editorial enthusiasm that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would love to see Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is expected to quit soon.

Yeah, like that’s going to happen.

Joe announced this week that he’s calling it quits after 2012, which is a good thing, considering his standing in recent Connecticut polls.

McCain’s suggestion is likely to rub some raw nerves at the White House; come to think of it, maybe that’s what he had in mind in the first place.

Lieberman, the erstwhile Democrat who ran and won as an independent after losing the 2006 Democratic primary, endorsed McCain in the 2008 presidential election, thus earning the enmity of a lot of Democrats – including, probably, the guy in the Oval Office.

Lieberman, the Huffington Post reported yesterday, still believes Saddam Hussein had an active WMD program and still thinks the Iraq war was a good idea – hardly the thing to endear him to a president who’s trying to figure out how to extricate America from Afghanistan, and is still dealing with the costs and consequences of the Iraq adventure.

Lieberman is a hawk’s hawk, not a great fit for a president whose political base is not just a little irate that he’s turned up the heat in Afghanistan. And he’s something of a scold, not exactly what this president is likely to want as he gears up his 2012 reelection campaign.

It’s hard to image McCain meant this as serious; I imagine it was more like another way to poke the man who defeated him in 2008 in the eye.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.