Lieberman To Keep Chairmanship?

It’s looking more and more likely that Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs when Senate Democrats decide his fate by secret ballot today. He may lose the chairmanship of an environmental subcommittee, but that’s about it.

It all comes down to questions of loyalty. Lieberman campaigned for the opposition’s presidential candidate, gave a speech at the RNC, and has been flirting with the GOP ever since his win as an independent in 2006. And yet, it’s his vote that helped the Democratic caucus keep their hold on the U.S. Senate, and he votes with Democrats on most major issues.

I’m thinking the majority of Senate Democrats will be in a mood to forgive and move on, if not necessarily forget Lieberman’s transgressions. This is going to make a lot of Democrats angry, naturally, both nationally and here in Connecticut, but they may be willing to risk it for the sake of harmony.

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8 responses to “Lieberman To Keep Chairmanship?

  1. I haven’t mellowed during your hiatus…welcome back…As to Senator Lieberman…

    He may be John McCain’s Senator, the beltways Senator, he may be the insiders Senator, he may even be the Senate old boys club Senator, but he is no longer Connecticuts Democratic Senator. Let him play out the balance of his term, and then let him go the way of Ted Stevens.

    Until he leaves his Washington well feathered nest and returns to Connecticut to apologise and mend some battered fences, then he’s no more than someone elses Senator.

    At the end of his term, we can turn our backs to him and start another chapter.

  2. [quote comment=”38595″]
    At the end of his term, we can turn our backs to him and start another chapter.[/quote]

    Independents tend to like him.

    So if the GOP were to cross-endorse him (not that we would) just who would you put up against him that would win?

    Remember, he’s not up for 4 more years, and voters have remarkably short memories.

    Would the GOP do it?
    Well………….the thought of all of you hemorrhaging with rage is a fairly attractive thought to most Republicans.

  3. [quote comment=”38595″]I haven’t mellowed during your hiatus…welcome back…As to Senator Lieberman…

    He may be John McCain’s Senator, the beltways Senator, he may be the insiders Senator, he may even be the Senate old boys club Senator, but he is no longer Connecticuts Democratic Senator. Let him play out the balance of his term, and then let him go the way of Ted Stevens.

    Until he leaves his Washington well feathered nest and returns to Connecticut to apologise and mend some battered fences, then he’s no more than someone elses Senator.

    At the end of his term, we can turn our backs to him and start another chapter.[/quote]

    He’s Connecticut’s Senator. He’s a registered Democrat. He caucuses with Democrats and he votes with Democrats nearly 90% of the time.

    You can call him what you want, and the caucus will call him what it wants, but it seems like everyone else has overlooked his 3.5% loss in a primary that was participated in by a quarter of Democrats, and instead looked at his 10% victory in the general election and his voting record, and is calling him a Democrat.

  4. Remember Mr Schlessinger? The Republicans encouraged him to run, and then threw him out like used bathwater to support Souless Joe.

    Nothing would please me more than to watch the Republicans deny their up and comers to once more do the dance with Souless Joe, and then watch him vote with the Dems for six more years.

  5. Fox 61 is up with this Sunday’s The Real Story, Shelly Sindland’s interviews with Senator Lieberman and then Senator McKinney. I’ve posted it here with remarks…

  6. oops, forgot to close that tag ….
    that oughta do it –

    Hey GC, what happened to previewing comments?

  7. You can also see those segments here.

    I updated the comment previewing plugin, at which point it promptly ceased working, so I disabled it. I’m looking around for another one. If any of you WordPress gurus out there have one you use, I’d love to know about it.

  8. Heh. Ever feel like we are standing on opposite street corners hawking the afternoon edition? 😉

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