Everybody knows that Joe isn’t a Republican, and the idea that he would caucus with them was a bit silly.
Still, it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen, and it looks as if Obama is trying to mend fences with the Connecticut Senator because of it.
President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.
Obama’s decision could tie the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been negotiating to remove Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security and Government Reform committee while keeping him within the caucus. Lieberman has insisted that he will split from the Democrats if his homeland security position is stripped.
The story I’ve heard so far is that Lieberman would retain his position and seniority in the Homeland security and Government Reform committee, but will be stripped of his seniority in the couple other committees he’s in. George Stephanopoulos confirms at least the first part of this.
Honestly, this make sense for so many reasons, not the least of which is a clear signal from Obama that he’s willing to forgive and forget. Sure, some in the left wing of the Democratic party will be pissed, but my guess is that their grousing will be marginalized as Dems focus on more important policy matters in Obama’s first 100 days.
In other words, “Stop worrying about Joe and let’s start helping Americans.”
More as it develops…