Obama Throws Lieberman A Life Preserver

Obama Throws Lieberman A Life Preserver


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.

From Huff Post:

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…

  • http://thegauchopolitico.blogspot.com/ Gaucho Politico

    Lieberman should not keep his committee chairmanship. Forgive and forget is all well and good but lieberman votes with the gop on matters of national security, not the dems. he fights the party on national security issues, the chairman of a committee cannot be opposite the party line on that issue. no self respecting party would allow that. Not to mention that he needs some punishment for speaking at the other parties convention and backing all of the smears against Obama.

    Even if you dont care about that he is very bad at his job. He conducted zero investigations of the Bush administration. He is supposed to be a watchdog and he found nothing worth investigating in the Bush Admin? He can stay in the caucus but needs to be on a different committee where he actually acts as a dem and does his job.

  • Mark Richards

    Seriously- Lieberman needs to lose his position as chairman of the Homeland Security committee for no other reason than he’s a paranoid lunatic that thinks the Patriot Act was a good idea and hasn’t realize we need to move on. -Mark

  • Simon

    I agree, Lieberman shouldn’t keep the Homeland Security committee chairmanship. I wonder if Obama has adequately assessed the threat of Lieberman in this position, launching inquiry after inquiry to hamper his presidency. Unless he has another way to nullify this threat, the democrats really need to remove him from the chair. Obana is obviously balancing off the advantage of Lieberman’s vote in the Senate against this possibility, but it difficult to see if Lieberman can be trusted. Are there other approaches to preventing him from launching a crusade against the White House even he retains the chair of the Homeland Security committee?

  • Steve

    It’ll be so nice having a president who doesn’t let pettiness and ego trips get in the way of doing his job. The American people have a big job ahead of them, and we’re going to need to bring as many people on board as we can if Obama is going to get anything done.

    For those who worry about Lieberman launching numerous inquiries into Obama out of vindictiveness, I think self preservation will encourage Lieberman to simmer down.

    In any event, Lieberman threw a tantrum because the dems didn’t support his senate run when he went independent, but it wasn’t personal against Obama. It certainly displayed Lieberman’s lack of character though. Luckily, Barry has more than enough for both of them.

  • Martin Dodge

    It looks as though politics is resembling more and more la Cosa Nostra.

    I can picture Lieberman going up to a seated Obama, hat in hand, murmuring “Sorry, Michael… I mean Barack, it was nothing personal. It was only business.”

    The only proper response from Obama would be to kiss Lieberman hard on the mouth and send him to sleep with the fishes… or to chair the bovine and porcine affairs subcommittee of the Senate Agricultural Committee. If there isn’t such a subcommittee, it should be created just for Joe.

    I don’t know why Senator L. should have the chairmanship of anything. After all, he didn’t run as a Democrat. He ran as an Independent. (I really wish McCain had chosen him for VP. He would have been the only man to lose as both a Democrat and a Republican.) Next time, let his Independent Party take control of the Senate. Then he could appoint himself chair of ALL the committees.

    I can understand Obama’s move, but I sure hope he extracts some hard guarantees out of Lieberman — and fails to invite him to any White House functions. That’ll fix him!

  • Edward Virtually

    If Lieberman’s “punishment” is, as it increasingly sounds like it will be, being stripped of chairmanship of various politically meaningless committees but allowed to retain his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Government Reform committee, the Democrats will lose support of all rank and file Democrats who are paying attention. Lieberman has done nothing to protect our rights, has helped prolong the war in Iraq (and the associated cash hemorrhage) and would be in a position to harry the Obama administration with bogus investigations whenever it annoyed Lieberman’s true party, the Republicans. Leaving him unpunished and still a danger to the administration will be an act of inexcusable stupidity and will begin hurting the Democrats immediately as those who are not in the mood to accept such an obvious return to the good old boy network politics turn their back on the party.