We aren’t talking about a little friendly disagreement during the course of an election- Lieberman was parroting all the poison and nonsense that got so old so quick this election. Hell, he was a featured speaker at the Republican Convention.
Glenn has a good read up (and some of you need definitely need to read it, because he makes clear some things that seem to confuse people- mainly, it makes no sense to flame Obama for things he hasn’t done, but that doesn’t mean he is beyond criticism. Without naming names, some of the dimmer bulbs out there simply can not grasp that.) about the Lieberman situation, and amazingly enough it looks like he is going to survive:
Joe Lieberman didn’t merely campaign against Barack Obama and several other Democrats. That’s the least of his sins. He was not only among the most vocal supporters of the Iraq War, but at least as bad, has endorsed and supported every last radical Bush policy to expand executive power and surveillance activities while destroying core constitutional liberties and checks and balances. He used his Chairmanship for only one purpose: to block oversight into Bush scandals and corruption. He has spouted the most defamatory attacks, not only against Barack Obama, but against war opponents generally. More significantly still, Democrats in his own state — his own constituents — booted him out of the party, no longer wanting to be represented by him.
That is who Senate Democrats appear well on their way to selecting to serve as their Chairman of Homeland Security, of all committees. That’s because nothing that Lieberman has done really bothers them. Endorsing the Iraq War and the full panoply of radical Bush policies isn’t disqualifying in the least because so many of them also endorsed that and support it, or, at the very least, it’s not a priority for them. They care even less what their “base” thinks, what the so-called “Left” wants. Few things in this world are less likely than them ever taking even a mild stand — such as stripping Lieberman of his Chair — in order to defend some sort of political principle, or to punish ineptitude, or to announce that there are certain lines to the Right that can’t be crossed. They don’t do that. They never have. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they won’t now.
If he does, then this will have been accomplished with an assist from Obama, who signaled he wanted no drama before having surrogates state they were staying out of the issue. While I can understand why Obama does not feel the need to stir up things and speculated (probably incorrectly, yet again) he was saying one thing publicly while letting the Senate Dems do the bloodletting, the simple fact of the matter is that Lieberman should have to pay a hefty price for his sins, although really, there is no reason why Obama should need to get his hands messy. There should be a price to pay for what Lieberman has done, and his former colleagues in the Democratic Party should do the right thing and take away his chairmanship.
Having said all that, I doubt they will. But then again, I came to the Democrats pre-disillusioned and completely aware what and who they are, so it will be no great surprise if they cave once again. In fact, the only surprise outcome for me would be if they actually do strip Lieberman of his Chairmanship.