Lieberman says he doesn't know whether the battle will help him politically, and his relationship with home-state Democrats may have deteriorated beyond repair. A Quinnipiac poll last January gave him a 27 percent approval rating among Democrats, and several Dems are weighing a primary challenge for 2012. Lieberman's long-winded preachy style can sound grating to those who disagree with him. But for those who believe that keeping gay soldiers in the closet was a national disgrace, his appeals for equality sounded eloquent.
More:Lieberman Dadt Repeal Joe Lieberman Dadt Don't Ask Don't Tell Dadt Repeal Joe Lieberman Don't Ask Don't Tell
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more