Lieberman joins with Tea Party star on Syria

Sen. Joseph Lieberman seems to revel in forging an odd-bedfellows alliances and taking stances that burnish his maverick image. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he is now teaming up with one of Congress’s biggest Tea Party stars, Marco Rubio.

Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, and Rubio, a Republican from Florida, will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday to talk about Syria. With the wave of political uprisings sweeping the Middle East, Lieberman has been among the most outspoken critics of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Last week, he pressed for Assad’s ouster and called him a thug.

Now, he and Rubio are planning to unveil a Senate resolution condemning the Syrian government’s crackdown on protestors and expressing concern about the “deteriorating human rights situation” in the country.

It’s unclear when, or if, their measure will get a vote in the Senate, not to mention whether Assad will give a hoot about it. But the pairing of Lieberman and Rubio, no matter the topic, could generate at least a mini media frenzy.