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. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I don't think Leiberman gives two hoots what Pelosi and her thugs decide to do.

    He's an Independant now...if they feel he's not experienced enough–let them boot him off. But I bet they won't have the courage to do it until after November. He'll probably be offered a job in McCain's cabinet anyway-so he won't need the job by then.

    September 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. CM

    Whats wrong with removing a senator who chairs a party platform but is no longer a member of the party? I think they took too long with this decision even though its not really a firm decision yet.

    September 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Looks like politics as usual, despite what Obama says publicly.
    Funny how the Democrats were also calling Leiberman a liar because Leiberman said Obama failed to reach across the aisle to accomplish anything significant. In their outraged criticism of Leiberman, the Democrats failed to mention a single instance of how Obama did reach across the aisle. Was that because what Obama may have done...was insignificant?
    Regarding this quote from Leiberman about helping Obama, I have no doubt Leiberman is sincere, as is his belief that Obama is not yet ready to be President.
    What does Leiberman owe the Democrats anyway? They ran another guy against Leiberman and Leiberman still got re-elected, as an Independent. Obama's supporters do have selective memories.

    September 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Carmon Minneapolis MN

    Get This fake Democrat out of here. Let the Rethugs help him get elected if they can and pay his salary while thier at it.

    September 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. MT, Texas

    Obama is such a "nice young man". But if this is how he treats those in his own party ... he's not ready to lead!!!

    September 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    Vindictive democrats. So much for the party of tolerance and political correctness. It's the mean spirited people Michelle Obama spoke of (she wasn't hanging out with republicans!). It's the sexist party that dissed Hillary Clinton and labeled her husband (and Geraldine Ferraro) racists. Now it's the party that is doing everything it can to destroy Sarah Palin, who is guilty as charged of being a republican AND a woman. So much with tolerance, lefties!

    September 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. William, from Cali!

    Like Uncle Joe! .... really cares what the leadership of those bitter democRATS, think of him...........you can't blame him for "coming to his senses" about what the Democratic party stands for, now can you............I don't!

    September 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. ben

    Lieberman thinks McCain will start a war with Iran. That is his whole modus operendi. He wants to protect Israel. A war against Iran would be a good start.

    September 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Darrell

    Heck you ought to keep him.From what I heard all I remember is the truthful part about Obama is going to be a GREAT leader.The rest was plain old blabbergas and a freind sticking up for a freind when no one else that matters will.I really thought the best was the great things he said about Obama and it was all true so why should America wait to elect Obama.He is going to be a great leader in November !

    September 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. McCain=Bush, 8 is enough

    If he is an independent he should not be part of a Democratic committee. You can't have it both ways Lie berman

    September 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Blunt Trauma

    Joe Lieberman will have to go a long way to demonstrate his true loyalties before he will be chairman of ANYTHING.

    The GOP doesn't want him and is only using him. Plus if he totally embraced them, he won't be a Senator much longer in Connecticut.

    We won't kick him totally to the curb but his seniority won't mean squat.

    September 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. paul Revere

    DO IT ALREADY!!! Lie-berman has stated his position, time for the DNC to state theirs.

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Ellie

    After he said he "wouldn't attack Sen. Obama", Joe Lieberman's speech at the RNC proved his WORDS has no HONOR.

    FIRING Joe Lieberman is the RIGHT thing to do. He's proven to be a serious liability to the party. He should have been REMOVED months ago when he became John McCain's tail.

    If he choses to support John McCain, then he should be FREE to do so, but he SHOULD NOT be the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus . Bottom line.

    Joe Lieberman can't have it both ways, and last night he clearly made his choice.

    FIRE JOE LIEBERMAN!!!

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Anne E.

    The DNC needs to stop "could-ing" and just DO IT.
    On the other hand, if they don't - perhaps Connecticut COULD just hand him his walking papers come November.

    September 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Selena

    Maybe Bristol and her fiance Levi (wow that was quick-bf to now finance) will get married on the podium tonight after Palin's speech with Rev. Pat Buchanan presiding.

    September 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Exciting Campaign Ad?

    " both Reid and Obama have warned Lieberman to curb his public criticism of Obama."

    We have free speech in this country and a god given right to disagree publicly if we so choose, even against our political parties and the people they choose to lead that we may not like.

    Who does Reid and Obama think they are to say that a fellow Senator can not disagree and criticise Obama? Do they not understand what country they serve? And the rights of all people they serve.

    Obama and the rest of his followers better learn to get a thick set of skin and quit playing the whining cry baby victim every time someone says something they don't like. And learn to take the good with the bad.

    There is a word for people who can not accept criticism and make demands of obedience or else. Fascist.

    September 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Empty suit, empty promises

    I get it bots, reaching across the aisle is just a slogan not based on any facts or actually doing so, just a slogan to fool the people...

    Jjust like the way you phonies love women and African Americans achieving their political and personal goals as LONG AS THEY THINK THE WAY YOU DEEM ALL WOMEN AND AFRICAN AMERICANS SHOULD THINK, like liberals and nothing else.

    Phony, empty vessels all of you.

    McCain – Palin 2008

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. oh my

    MT, Texas September 3rd, 2008 4:58 pm ET

    Obama is such a "nice young man". But if this is how he treats those in his own party … he's not ready to lead!!!
    _____________________________________________________
    Mike....come on man, lets be real here...his lying is Obama's fault? be real

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Kelby from Houston, TX

    TRAITOR!

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Kristen

    Hey Joe–you're not a Democrat, so why do you keep saying you're a Dem?

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Razzle

    Hey after his no show performance during the 2000 election where "put you to sleep Joe" couldnt win against a stumbling, bumbling George Bush. Then he got whipped in his own primary by a political novice. Sleepy Joe decided he would just join them. The dems should be thanking him not offended that he is running against them.

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Robert

    Ah, nothing like the politics as usual from the Dems. Good old retribution! What a bunch of hypocrits.

    September 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. zuq

    Lieberman is a clown. As a resident of CT, I guarantee this is is last term. McCain, when will you explain how your "experience" will help solve the problems of the economy, war(s), healthcare, etc. etc. etc. Being a POW doesn't automatically grant you a role to lead the nation. Usually if someone is a POW for that long, they actually required some sort of therapy. WHERE'S MCCAIN'S EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT COME UP? POW PRESIDENT.

    September 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Pat Riot

    I don't think he cares. The Democrats have drifted so far left that they are flirting with socialism. Their nominee is insane if he thinks that raising taxes and committing more federal funds to entitlement programs is going to fix this economic slump. Obama will suspend more of our freedoms, increase troop levels abroad, over tax and over regulate. He is even talking about mandatory national service. Sure sounds like a draft to me. This guy isn't Jimmy Carter. He's FDR the dictator who served 4 terms and turned our country near communist under the guise of fighting communists.

    September 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. jeff

    Truth hurts and this now enlightened democrat raised American says thanks Joe for standing up to politics as usual. Striving for change and reaching for the future does not spell Joe Biden.

    September 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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