Removing Joseph Lieberman from the Chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would be an act of extreme pettiness, unbefitting the new political environment which President-elect Obama wishes to create. Sen. Lieberman’s demonstration of loyalty and friendship to John McCain are virtues to be desired, not disparaged. Hopefully the majority of the members of the Steering and Outreach Committee feel the same way.
When Senate Democrats meet Tuesday to decide Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (ID-Conn.) fate, leaders are expected to propose that he keep his gavel at the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee but lose his Environment and Public Works subcommittee chairmanship.
Dana Bash reports that Lieberman is "not happy" with this deal but will abide by it.
Oooh, maybe they’ll take his teddy bear away too, and talk mean about him in the hallways and make him stay late after school.
I know others feel differently, and I’m only too happy to be wrong, but this has smelled like kabuki from the start.
The Senate Democratic caucus don’t hate Lieberman, they hate you. They hate you for having the temerity to think you could take down a sitting US Senator, or hold him accountable for his actions.
Take that, you…you…plebe.
Still, we do what we do. The number of people who want Lieberman held to account grew exponentially during the 2008 election, and those who stood up to defend him might be surprised at how much political capital they expended in doing so.
We’ll be delivering the petition signatures to the Senate tomorrow. You can still sign.
Did I mention my favorite poem is Childe Rowland To The Dark Tower Came?
In other words, if this reporting is correct, Lieberman will be stripped of a subcommittee chair that presides over an issue where he votes with the Democrats, and left in charge of a full and subcommittee (Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland) where he votes against the Democrats. That’s fucking brilliant.