Karl Rove pops back up!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the political water!

Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.

Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.

Lieberman “laughed at the suggestion and certainly did not call [McCain] on it,” said one source familiar with the details.

“Rove called Lieberman,” recounted a second source. “Lieberman told him he would not make that call.”

Interesting on a couple of counts -- the notion that Rove is still in the game is a gift from God to the Democrats, who now have one more strand to tie the immensely unpopular Bush/Rove to the GOP's 2008 strategy. What's more, you have to think that Lieberman is under serious veep consideration for Rove to make that call.

Why? Republicans will revolt at such a selection (on abortion and on other issues), and the man is despised by a majority of Democrats (even a majority of his home state Democrats voted against him in 2006, and he's less popular now than he was then). His appeal to moderates? Maybe, but he's just not a warm or charismatic guy. I don't get it.