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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Democrats

Politico:
Senate Democrats have voted to allow Joseph Lieberman to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee -- despite his support for John McCain and criticism of Barack Obama during the presidential race.

Lieberman's punishment for what many Democrats saw as an unacceptable betrayal: He will lose his seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The vote on Lieberman's fate came in a closed-door session in which Lieberman, members of the Democratic Senate leadership and some current and soon-to-be-senators all spoke.

Sources who were inside the meeting said Lieberman did not apologize for supporting McCain during the campaign, but that he did say he was sorry for some of the statements he made about Obama.

You know, if you can't stand up to Joe Lieberman . . .

MORE:
Lieberman was removed from the Environment and Public Works Committee, a largely meaningless punishment, a committee where (unlike Homeland Security) he has no differences with Dems.

Asked about liberal "anger" towards Lieberman, Reid said: "I pretty well understand anger. I would defy anyone to be more angry than I was."

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So, Senate Dems will be allowing Lieberman to keep his plum spot despite the fact that he has been deeply awful in that role, and despite the fact that he endorsed efforts by the GOP to imply that Obama is in league with terrorists, suggested that Obama endangered our troops, and said Obama hasn't always put the country first.

Worse, Reid is echoing an argument he knows is false: That this is only about retribution. Reid and his fellow Senators have made the political decision to leave Lieberman in a job that he was a disaster at, rather than make the good governmental decision to remove him for the good of the country.


Harry? Fuck you.

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6 Comments:

  • Lieberman might pull a Jeffords. They're thinking they might need his name on the Dem side of the Senate when it comes to that filibuster thingy.

    Besides, the Dems just loved McCain when he was sticking it to Bush. What goes around comes around.

    By Blogger NCReader, at 2:34 PM  

  • Lieberman might pull a Jeffords. They're thinking they might need his name on the Dem side of the Senate when it comes to that filibuster thingy.

    Collins and Snowe will be more reliable filibuster breaking votes.

    Besides, the Dems just loved McCain when he was sticking it to Bush.

    That must have been in bizarro world.

    By Blogger Barry, at 2:40 PM  

  • Google McCain and Maverick.

    Dem election talking points to the contrary, he didn't get called that for riding a horse.

    Next google McCain and RINO.

    By Blogger NCReader, at 4:53 PM  

  • What do you expect from Harry Reid? This is the man who essentially forced an Iraqi vet -- who was the perfect Dem candidate and a truly great, ethical and intelligent man -- to pull out from the Ohio US Senate primary a couple years ago so a party hack could get the gig, thus stripping the voters of their right to choose. And why the hell a Nevada Senator should be calling the shots in an Ohio race is beyond me. He's always doing whatever fits in with his scheme of the day, and he gives partisanship a bad name. If he let Leiberman off the hook, then it's only because he is getting something out of it, count on it.

    By Blogger Parsnips, at 6:53 PM  

  • If he let Leiberman off the hook, then it's only because he is getting something out of it, count on it.


    There's no question about that. It's called politics and we shouldn't be shocked.

    However, I doubt that the benefit goes only to Reid. No doubt the Democratic caucus gained something from it.

    By Blogger David, at 7:18 PM  

  • I was thinking about this and unfortunately the Dems need as much of a majority as they can muster.

    Over time, the Dems may also boot him out of their caucus, just not right now.

    Let's all do our best to take that m*th*rf*ck*r down in '12.

    By Blogger Tony, at 10:30 PM  

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