Democratic Party insiders now say Joe Lieberman will be allowed to remain in the Democratic Caucus and heâ€™ll likely retain his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. His only punishment for supporting Republican John McCain and speaking at the Republican Convention will reportedly be the loss of his chairmanship of the not-exactly prestigious Environment and Public Works Committee.
The leniency is apparently thanks to President-elect Barack Obama who wants bygones to be bygones and has publically stated he would like Lieberman to remain in the caucus. At this point, what Obama wants, heâ€™s going to get, even though there are a few Senate Democrats who would like to take a harsher line with Lieberman.
Democrats will meet tomorrow behind closed doors to determine Liebermanâ€™s fate. But, right now, it looks like Obama really is a uniter — at least between a wayward Senator and the Democratic Caucus.