Specter: Lieberman is ‘practically’ voting as a Republican already.

In his RNC speech Tuesday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) referred to himself as a progressive, stating, “What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this?” In a small RNC press conference yesterday that ThinkProgress attended, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said that Lieberman is “practically” voting as a conservative now and should switch parties:

Well I would like to see him move a little closer to being a Republican. I’d like to see him vote with the Republicans when we go back in September. He’s practically there. That would have the consequence of giving us a Republican senator . We could confirm a lot of judges. We could do a lot of things.

Specter said he has talked to Lieberman about switching parties “over the past many months.” Lieberman responds with “a very winning smile” when discussing the matter, he added.