Oh fer’cryin’ out loud

Democrats Let Lieberman Keep Committee Chair

Lieberman agreed to surrender his position on the Environment and Public Works Committee, leaving the panel and his subcommittee chairmanship there. But Lieberman will remain chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and head of the subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee that oversees air and land power issues.

“This was done in a spirit of reconciliation,” Lieberman told reporters after the meeting.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said that “Joe Lieberman is a Democrat. He’s part of this caucus.”

Harry, Harry, Harry.

Joe Lieberman is a former Democrat who couldn’t abide that he lost his primary, went on to create his own party, relied on Republicans to help him retain his Senate seat, who trashed the Democratic Party during the election, actively endorsed and campaigned for the Republican candidate and spoke at the Republican National Convention.

If that’s a Democrat, the word is meaningless.

8 thoughts on “Oh fer’cryin’ out loud

  1. Ugh. Liberman needs to be publicly flogged and this is a slap on the wrist (if even that).

    Why do we even bother with political parties when this kind of behavior is condoned?


  2. This just doesn’t surprise me in the least. It might have done last April or May, but not now. Have we not witnessed the total contempt for rules, whether it was the dispatching of Senator Clinton or the electing of Senator Obama? Did we not watch with astonished desperation as the 2006 congress did NOTHING to get our kids out of Iraq, and in fact, voted to fund it on? Do we not, daily, watch the complete disregard of poll after poll of Americans who strongly, and in a unified voice, support one thing after another–to absolutely no avail?

    These are not just reckless republicans who are ignoring us all, but disdainful democrats, as well. And if you look, they’ve done it all along…the bankruptcy law, the Military Commissions Act, the FISA law, our troops still stuck in Iraq, and on and on and on. We just didn’t see it.

    My local democrats are still the good, caring folk they always were, but their national counterparts are simply a disgrace.

    Lieberman fits right in.


  3. Jen – great links. But Jane can KMA. She was and remains a major HRC basher.

    Cathylee – I wasn’t surprised at all either. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, eh?


  4. Agree, bluelyon. It’s only been the past few days I’ve even clicked over to places like FDL and Talk Left again after many months avoiding them. It’s sort of a sick entertainment to watch the exploding heads of all those who trusted and **hoped.** Not the case for BTD whose eyes have remained wide open about who and what 0 is from the get go, and never participated in the Hillary bashfest. As far as I know Greenwald never did either.


  5. 6 months ago I would have agreed with you. But after watching the fraud, race-baiting, misogyny, etc., in the primaries, I also ended up voting for John McCain and re-registering as an Independent. So far be it from me to condemn Lieberman for doing the same thing that I did. I recognize that many are upset with Lieberman for things he has done in the past. That’s very valid. But I don’t think it’s valid to condemn him for what we Puma’s also did.


  6. Just to be clear, my reaction is to the Democrats’ response to Joe Lieberman. He chose to leave the Democratic Party and should be willing to pay the consequences for that. I knew what I was doing when I did the same thing.

    What I’m saying is that for Harry Reid to say Lieberman is a Democrat is ridiculous. He’s not. He’s an Independent and as such, given the party structure and the Senate rules, should not be given a chairmanship when there are other actual Democrats deserving of the seat.

    And if I had done what he had done, there is no way that I would show my face at a Democratic function and expect a warm welcome, much less expect to be put in a position of authority.


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