It’s Official.

7 comments November 18th, 2008at 12:47pm Posted by Eli

The Democrats have no brains, no courage, no pride, and no honor.

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, was allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday despite his support for Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign.

Democratic senators voted instead to strip Mr. Lieberman of a subcommittee chairmanship on the Environment and Public Works Committee, a slap on the wrist compared with the prospect of losing the homeland security leadership post.

“He’s part of this caucus,” the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said after the Democratic caucus voted behind closed doors. “We are not looking back. We are looking forward.”

Mr. Lieberman, who had angered many Democrats by campaigning for Mr. McCain, his longtime friend, emerged from the private session looking pleased. He called the result “fair and forward-looking” and one of “reconciliation and not retribution.”


Before the meeting, Mr. Lieberman said he was optimistic. “I’m going into a roomful of friends,” he told The Associated Press.


Many Democrats were infuriated that Mr. Lieberman… ardently supported Senator McCain of Arizona. Mr. Lieberman actively campaigned against Mr. Obama, and harshly criticized him in his speech at the Republican convention.

But Mr. Obama signaled that he did not want Mr. Lieberman thrown out of the Democratic caucus, since expelling the senator could prompt him to align himself with the Republicans. Mr. Lieberman had also signaled that losing the chairmanship of the homeland security panel would be unacceptable to him.

Lieberman “aligning himself with the Republicans” would be nothing more than cosmetic – he’s already aligned with them in every way but name.  Yet the Democrats still act as if he’s one of them, that his support of McCain (and Coleman, and Collins, and Shays, and war, and torture, and wiretapping) was some kind of momentary and forgivable lapse of reason, rather than a continuation of the backstabbing he’s been practicing for at least the last ten years.

“A roomful of friends”?  More like a roomful of suckers.  My expectations for the next four years just got a whole lot lower.  The Democrats have demonstrated once again that words like “consequences” and “accountability” hold as little meaning for them as they do for the Republicans.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Lieberman,Politics,Wankers


  • 1. bluespapa  |  November 18th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    I agree with all of your assessments. But what the Democrats do have right now is 55 seats in the Senate. Very likely 56.

    And Sleazy Joe in their pocket — at last for now.

  • 2. Eli  |  November 18th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    It doesn’t really have an effect on how many votes they have – Joe was going to vote with the Republicans whether he kept his gavel or not. The problem is that Joe is still in charge of an important oversight committee where he can continue to let the Bush administration’s handling of Katrina slide, and possibly even start witch hunt investigations of the Obama administration.

    Unless the Democrats specifically structured the organizing resolution of the new Congress to make it easy to remove him from his chair, any promises they extracted from him in exchange for his gavel are less than worthless.

  • 3. Donna  |  November 18th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    The fact that the vote wasn’t even close is what throws me for a loop. He should have lost that committee and been offered one where he can do little harm and not get in the way of the Obama administration.

    Well, his senate seat is up for election in 2010. I hope the people of Connecticut will do what the weasley congress won’t, throw the bastard out, and elect a real Democrat.

  • 4. Eli  |  November 18th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Yeah, I love that. *Everybody* loves Joe, despite the fact that he’s one of the most petty, narcissistic, unlikeable politicians this side of Dubya himself.

    And unfortunately, his seat isn’t up until 2010, unless Obama can entice him into a nice out-of-the-way cabinet post or ambassadorship where he can’t do any harm.

  • 5. david  |  November 19th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Eli, that’s a brilliant thought. Let’s hope you’re on the mark. That would in fact be a really clever move. Can’t they remove him later if he misbehaves? Or if they’re not getting to the filibuster-proof 60 anyway?

  • 6. Eli  |  November 19th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    As I understand it, the way the organizing resolutions that set the rules for each Congress usually are, it’s really really difficult to remove a committee chair. So unless they write the organizing resolution specifically to allow for this (which I would be very interested in knowing about), there will be zero accountability for Joe until 2011 at the earliest.

  • 7. Charles  |  November 19th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Petty and narcissistic is what the Village is all about, Eli. That’s why Joe is so well loved.

    I agree that the central issue is his performance. His decision to go balls to the wall for a campaign clearly destined to lose was just as astute as his oversight of DHS. The fact that he was disloyal to a man who helped him stay in the Senate is a clear sign that he’ll betray the Democrats as soon as its convenient.

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