I Was Wondering About That…

2 comments November 7th, 2008at 10:40pm Posted by Eli

Namely, why is Lieberman so keen to hold onto a committee chair that he never actually did anything with?

Reid offered Lieberman a chance to stay in the Democratic caucus, keep his seniority, and become the chairman of some other committee. Lieberman thinks that’s “unacceptable” and reportedly “begged” to stay on as chairman of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


This seems to be routinely overlooked, but take a moment to consider what the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs actually does: it’s the committee principally responsible for oversight of the executive branch. It’s an accountability committee, charged with investigating the conduct of the White House and the president’s administration.

As chairman of this committee for the last two years, Lieberman decided not to pursue any accusations of wrongdoing against the Bush administration. Lieberman’s House counterpart — Rep. Henry Waxman’s Oversight Committee — was a vigilant watchdog, holding hearings, issuing subpoenas, and launching multiple investigations. Lieberman preferred to let his committee do no real work at all. It was arguably the most pathetic display of this Congress.

And yet, now Lieberman acts as if keeping this chairmanship is the single most important part of his public life. Why would he be so desperate to keep the gavel of a committee he hasn’t used? I’ll let you in on a secret: he wants to start using the power of this committee against Obama.

Lieberman didn’t want to hold Bush accountable, but he seems exceedingly anxious to keep the committee that would go after Obama with a vengeance, effectively becoming a Waxman-like figure — holding hearings, issuing subpoenas, and launching investigations against the Democratic president.

Lieberman doesn’t care about “reconciliation,” he cares about going after a Democratic administration. Why else would he fight diligently to be chairman of one committee instead of another?

This sounds exactly right, and exactly in character for a self-righteous, vindictive little prick like Lieberman.  I would love to see Obama magnanimously “reach out” to Lieberman to offer him a non-critical cabinet position.  Governor Rell would appoint a Republican, but consider:

1) We would get Lieberman out the Senate, out of the Democratic caucus, and out of his committee assignments (where he counts against the Democratic allotment of seats) four years early.

2) We would get a real Democrat into that seat two years early, as I doubt that Lieberman’s Republican replacement could get re-elected in CT.

…Or the Democrats could just kick him out of their caucus and let him scrounge a committee seat from the Republicans.

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Lieberman,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. elmo  |  November 7th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Damn…what a conniving SOB. That’s exactly his mission. Fits right into the wingnuts’ playbook. Thanks for that, Eli…

  • 2. woody  |  November 8th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    along with the list of Rather inquisitors, this is a GREAT catch, amigo…keep on keepin’ on

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