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What to do with Lieberman?

November 6, 2008

It was reported today that Joe Lieberman met with Harry Reid today to discuss his chairmanship.  The bigger question is do you turn your cheek and forgive Lieberman for some of the more explosive comments he made about Obama or do you just kick his azz off the team?  Reid had in essence proposed that Lieberman can caucus with the democrats, give up his chairmanship and they would find a lesser seat on some subcommittee.  Lieberman declined.

…Reid said in a written statement that negotiations will continue.

“Today Senator Lieberman and I had the first of what I expect to be several conversations. No decisions have been made,” he said. “While I understand that Senator Lieberman has voted with Democrats a majority of the time, his comments and actions have raised serious concerns among many in our Caucus. I expect there to be additional discussions in the days to come, and Senator Lieberman and I will speak to our Caucus in two weeks to discuss further steps.”

It seems Lieberman was offered a deal but declined and rather put his fate in the hands of the Democratic steering committee, whose members decide committee chair assignments.  Lieberman emerged from the meeting making his sells pitch to democrats, via reporters, by stating that he wanted to do as Obama wants to do and get working on bringing our country together and solving our economic woes.  Funny Lieberman did not feel that way when he was kicking it with McCain.

Me think that what Lieberman is offering is just a little bit too late.  I remember clearly when he declared that Obama was not American enough and how he feared the country’s fate if Obama was elected.  On the upside, for us, Lieberman’s begging will probably result in this happening:

Unfortunately for the Connecticut Senator, it is highly unlikely that Democrats would act against the wishes of Majority Leader Reid, who wants Lieberman to give up his chairmanship. Moreover, progressive activists have been anticipating this move for months, and have organized efforts to pressure steering committee members to strip Lieberman of his perks.

Enough said.

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