According to Politico, Joe Lieberman, the current senior senator from Connecticut, will tomorrow become the third senator who would have had to run for re-election in the 2012 cycle but instead is choosing to retire.

Lieberman, or Holy Joe as he is sometimes known, has had an interesting ride during his tenure in the Senate. For his first decade or so, he was a typical liberal Democratic vote. Then came Monica/Clinton; Lieberman became conspicuous for his attacks on Bill Clinton’s lack of morals. Obviously, this attitude resonated with much of the American people.

Joey then parlayed this into a Vice-Presidential nomination in 2000. Many observers believed that Gore nominated him solely because of his vote-getting capacity in South Florida. This, if true, turned out to be ironic, since Lieberman in effect conceded the Florida recount, much to the relief of a nation that feared putting him only one heartbeat from the presidency.

Then Joey spent the rest of the decade in the Senate threatening war upon virtually every Islamic nation (with the possible exception of Indonesia). When Democratic voters rejected him in the 2006 primary, Lieberman gathered all of his Dem allies among labor unions and his fellow senators to campaign for him and send him money, as opposed to the nominee from their own party. After he won that race, Lieberman rewarded their loyalty by campaigning for the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, John McCain. It is likely that this was because they made up 2 of the 3 amigos (along with Lindsey Graham) in the Senate who relentlessly call for an endless supply of American troops into whatever nation will take them.

Lieberman may well be historically recalled as the standard-bearer for disloyalty (or at least a close second to Arlen (the Human Yo-Yo) Spector. Although he is claiming that this decision to retire had nothing to do with politics, it is worth noting that his current popularity among Democrats is at 24%, and his overall popularity is at 34% among voters in Connecticut.

A refreshing sign is that, at this time last year, Connecticut had two of the more disreputable members of the Senate representing them; now they will soon both be gone.