September 3rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Dems could pull Lieberman chairmanship

Lieberman addressed the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.
Lieberman addressed the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman’s speech before the Republican National Convention Tuesday night could cost Lieberman the chairmanship of a key Senate committee, a top Senate Democratic aide told CNN.

During the speech, the Connecticut senator praised GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and criticizing Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

"The Democratic Caucus will reassess the situation with Sen. Lieberman after the election,” Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Wednesday.

Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, now calls himself an “independent Democrat,” but he remains a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus which allows him to head the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Democrats have grumbled for months about Lieberman’s outspoken support of McCain and both Reid and Obama have warned Lieberman to curb his public criticism of Obama.

“What we saw last night was a culmination of provocative efforts in recent months,” said a Democratic leadership aide.

Democrats, who with Lieberman’s support control the chamber by a narrow 51-49 margin, are unlikely to go a step further and boot Lieberman from their caucus although the Democratic leadership aide didn’t rule out that punitive step if Democrats pick up several seats in November.

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. S.A.M. from Virginia

    James Carville had it wrong when he called Bill Richardson Judas. We all see now who the real Judas is now Lieberman.

    September 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Lesley

    Lieberman has lost all credibility.

    September 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. bakersfield

    THATS WHAT I CALL NEW POLITICS HAHA WAY TO GO REID AND OBAMA WAY TO REACH ACROSS THE ISLE

    September 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Born Again Democrat

    How can an ex Democrat lead any Democratic anything? He gave it up! Call the kettle black! Lieberman is no Democrat. So why is he calling himself Independent. Why not confess to being Republican. It is what it is, Joe.

    September 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Marc

    What a surprise, Reid and Obama trying to strongarm Lieberman into keeping his mouth shut just like they (and the rest of the Democratic party leadership) did to the super delegates and bullied them into support Mr. Empty Suit. As a former (and current) supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, this is precisely why I'm voting for McCain in the Fall.

    September 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    To pull Lieberman's chairmansip would be wrong. That would be a typical Republican move. John has his opinion and Democrats are SUPPOSED to be respecting everyone's opinion even when polarized.

    To enact real change involves not only reaching across the aisle to the loyal opposition, but reaching out within their side of the aisle to disloyal bretheren..

    September 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Thump... Nope that wasn't a bump in the polls for McBushPalin... It was Liarman hitting the floor because his seat was taken by someone else.

    September 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Ted

    Too late. Why did this old man lie? If you spend time with people who lie, you start lying.

    September 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Tired of W, OH

    The Dems will pick up more than enough seats in November to replace Lieberman. Kick the bum to the curb.

    September 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. JOE KILOZ

    T H O S E---P O L I T I C S---O F----T H E---P A S T--–

    T H E--–O B A M A--C A M P--–S A Y S--- T H E Y---

    D I S A P P R O V E--–O F

    September 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. James

    Even Lieberman knows that his days are numbered if the Dems pick up more seats.

    He must be banking on either becoming an official moderate republican or being able to capitalize on Dems, Repubs, and Indies in his home state voting him in after this.

    Otherwise, he must be planning to retire or is banking on a position in a McCain administration.

    Turncoat.

    September 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Erik

    Baloney. He's a closet Republican who finally came out. Kick him off the chairmanship, just like the GOP leadership would do when they were in power in Congress..

    September 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Independent

    What??? The party who is eager to pounce on Palin for allegedly trying to get a trooper fired, is now outspoken about using it's power to fire Leiberman from his posts because he simply didn't agree with them. What kind of "change" is that for us to believe in???

    I mean are they seriously admitting to trying to coerce Leiberman into caving into their wishes by threatening to fire him from his posts??? I can't believe what I'm hearing. Do Obama and Reid have no shame?!?!

    September 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. nader

    He is a traitor and must be kick out

    September 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Mr. Smith Former Republican

    Liberman the Lier......disgrace to the human race....sold his soul to the devil...remember Liberman the Lier...eventually you die and you will have to pay for your sins....thout shall not lie....and with a straight face....God is watching.....remember Jesus Christ....how could you...certainly not for country....well it did not work on this republican...I'm still voting for Obama....thanks jerk.

    September 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Debby

    After the election and if the Dems. have enough seats they will boot Lieberman. Why not now because they need him for votes. The Dems. are a sorry bunch. Well Lieberman just might pull in the Jewish vote for McCain.

    September 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. DB

    "The gifts that God has given to Barack Obama are as enormous as his future is unlimited. As his mentor, as his colleague, as his friend, I look forward to helping him reach to the stars and realize not just the dreams he has for himself but the dreams we all have for him and our blessed country."

    – Sen. Joe Lieberman, introducing Sen. Barack Obama at the 2006 Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner in Connecticut.

    September 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Tyrone Brown

    Lieberman is another reason why No Way No How No McCain must and will lose in November. America does not need to reward Leiberman an almost certain cabinet position in a McCain/Palin White House.

    Obama/biden '08

    Yes! We! Can!

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. AA

    You think?

    Out. Now.

    No party, team, corporation etc., would put up with that type of dissension .

    Peace.

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Wake UP America

    Country First -Party Second. Isn't that what LIeberman is doing? What bullies the DemoNcrats are! I don't know if I will ever consider voting for any of the party members again ~ except for maybe Hillary!

    September 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Foreign Observer

    Um, no, Democrats are not "supposed to respect everybody's opinion" if by respecting you mean letting a newly converted Republican take over a committee that by law belongs to the Dems.

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Maet

    OK! LIARS! It seems to me that lots of republicans hide behind the "I was a Hillary voter" and I'm voting for the old man now! Well, it doesn't work!!!!
    BUBYE LOSERS!

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. ben

    My advise to the democrats== go back over the speaches Lieberman made against thr republicans when he was running for vice president on the democratic ticket.

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. PUMA moving on...

    I respect him for standing up for what he believes. Just another example of the DNC trying to control the actions of the party and it's people. Obama deserves to be looked at and criticized where necessary as he will be the next president.

    I cannot vote for McCain – the issues are too important and now that McCain has an extremely conservative VP I can't go anywhere near his ticket but I have no respect for the leadership of the democratic party.

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. really

    ....have you ever seen a more two-faced person!!...

    oh!! wait!! I have.... The ex-Maverick and flip flopper, John McCain.

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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