From The Hartford Courant:
WASHINGTON — – Senate Democrats will decide by secret ballot Tuesday whether to take away Sen. Joe Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — a post from which he oversees U.S. security issues, as well as the operations of a wide segment of the federal government.
The anger over Lieberman’s campaigning for the Republican presidential candidate is still boiling — fueled by memories of his undercutting Barack Obama, including in a nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention.
Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Lieberman two days after the election, telling him that his chairmanship might be on the line.
But just as it looked as if his future in the Senate could be as a political hermit, the backlash against him has faltered. So Tuesday’s vote — the talk of Capitol Hill — has become as uncertain as a stock market investment.
Only a few of Lieberman’s fellow senators were open about their opinions.
Two fellow New England senators, the duo from Vermont, want Lieberman’s gavel taken away. Sen. Patrick Leahy, judiciary committee chairman, said in a Vermont Public Radio interview Friday, “I’m one who does not feel that somebody should be rewarded with a major chairmanship after doing what he did.”
And Bernie Sanders issued a statement quoted by the Associated Press: “To reward Sen. Lieberman with a major committee chairmanship would be a slap in the face of millions of Americans who worked tirelessly for Barack Obama and who want to see real change in our country. Appointing someone to a major post who led the opposition to everything we are fighting for is not ‘change we can believe in.'”
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told Fox News, “I don’t think retribution or revenge is in the best interest of anyone.” […] But he said in a different interview Wednesday night that Lieberman should apologize for what he did — a sentiment that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., echoed in another interview.
Whether he is calling to issue apologies or not, Lieberman has been trying to set up a phone conversation with Obama. He has already spoken on the phone recently with Vice President-elect Joe Biden — a call that was said by a Lieberman aide to have been “a friendly, congratulatory conversation.”
Sen. Chris Dodd has said he’s trying to find a way to keep Lieberman in the caucus, although his office wouldn’t say Friday whether he would vote against stripping Lieberman of his chairmanship.
Obama’s spokespeople said the president-elect is not holding any grudges and wants Lieberman to keep caucusing with Democrats. After threatening Lieberman’s position, Reid said in a CNN interview, “Joe Lieberman votes with me a lot more than a lot of my senators. He didn’t support us on military stuff, and he didn’t support us on Iraq stuff. But you look at his record, it’s pretty good.”
How should the Democrats punish Say-It-Ain’t-So Joe Lieberman for palling around with Republicans?
Say-It-Ain’t-So toured the country this summer and fall with his buddy John McCain, cheap-shotting Barack Obama at every opportunity.
Is Obama a Muslim?
Say-It-Ain’t-So didn’t think so but he wasn’t 100 percent sure.
Is Obama a Marxist?
Say-It-Ain’t-So thought that was a “good question.”
And then there was the little matter of the speech Say-It-Ain’t-So gave at the Republican National Convention in which he said:
“When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle, which would have been a disaster for the U.S.A., when colleagues like Barack Obama were voting to cut off funding for our troops on the battlefield …”
Low blow, Say-It-Ain’t-So, low blow.
What you have to ask yourself is this: If the Republicans, and not the Democrats, had been in the position to offer Say-It-Ain’t-So the chairmanship of a powerful committee, which side of the aisle do you think he would have been sitting on?
Another defense Sen. Home Loan [Chris Dodd] and the boys are spouting is that Say-It-Ain’t-So votes with the Democrats 90 percent of the time.
OK. But on the other hand, wasn’t Say-It-Ain’t-So just a hair’s breadth away from being McCain’s running mate, a guy who voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time?
And what about Say-It-Ain’t-So’s thinly veiled threat to go over to the Republican side if he loses his chairmanship?
Is somebody missing a loyalty gene?
Unless the Democrats want to be played for saps yet again by Lieberman, they need to remove him from the Homeland Security committee.
If they want to give him another chairmanship, I don’t know, Chairman of the Senate Conscience Committee, fine.
Go read the entire thing, kids. Shea lists punishments for Say-It-Ain’t-So. 😆