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. Alice

    I voted for Lieberman in 2000 because I supported Al Gore. But I sure didn't like him. And I don't like him any better now.

    He is so sanctimonious! And, as Maureen Dowd observed, only Joe Lieberman could make Dick Cheney look good in a debate.

    BTW I am Jewish.

    September 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Will in Richmond, VA

    Glad to see this enemy of free speech get what he deserves.

    Get out, traitor!

    September 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. A True Democrat

    Oh, well. Old Joe might as well call himself a Repuglican after last night. Democrats don't need him.

    September 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. John

    you are all correct. there should only be one voice, one way, and obama is it. no one should ever disagree, or they will get punished. Wait for a second I thought we were describing russia. They "hush" the media, not the legislature.

    September 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Vetting NC

    Instead of taking his chair, I think they ought to keep kissing his butt as they have for the past four years.

    September 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Sam

    If the man was graceful, he would resign instead of being kicked out

    September 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Shawn - Temple, TX

    What are these guys thinking. Lieberman uses his God given and U.S. Constitutinal given right to support and choose the candidate that he believes in. This is ridiculous. He speaks his mind, the dems flip out because he doesn't support them. Give Obama 4 years and Al-Jazeera and Kremlin-TV will be airing 24 hours a day on U.S. Cable.

    September 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Bill

    dont you just hate it when your party starts to act like the other party? Whatever happened to that turncoat Jeffords?

    September 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Texas

    He lied!!!. His chairmanship should be taken from him.

    September 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Goodbye Joe, you gotta go, me oh my-oh

    September 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Chuck

    I wouldn't call Lieberman a traitor. He is obviously acting on very strong held beliefs. and pragmatic considerations regarding national security..

    The Democratic leadership will let him maintain his position to maintain their majority but have every right to oust him if his vote is not necessary.

    September 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Janine

    To everyone saying Yay, Lieberman put country over party. Which country? Israel or the United States?

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

    I'm not some anti-Semetic but I don't mind telling you that I believe Lieberman's loyalties lie first with Isreal and then with American.

    His support for the Mideast war is rooted in weakening countries that might threaten Tel Aviv, not those that threaten Teaneck.

    I can't respect an American citizen that puts any country before the US ... even a so-called allie.

    September 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Michele

    Repay his loyalty...kick him out!

    September 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Christian in Austin

    The party that did not support its incumbent in the Connecticut primaries in 2006 that then had to beg for his forgiveness after his election as an independent to obtain a majority in the Senate is now going to put Lieberman under the bus along with a host of others who are now inconveniences to the Obama campaign. Obama can't even reach into the middle of the aisle to a party-forced independent, much less across it.

    September 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. you blew it DNC

    I actually think its the Republicans that got the ticket right.
    Experience on top, followed by youth and eloquence.

    The democrats have got it backwards…
    Youth and eloquence on top, followed by experience.

    September 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    If someone in private business were to trash his company publicly for the competition, no one would question the company's right to fire him.

    September 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. G man from the big apple

    If i had a company and my CEO was publicly making a sale pitch for the competition should he still retain his position the answer is no..

    JOE YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS . You are either a rebulican or a democrat and if the democrats control the committee best believe a democrat should be the chair. FIRE HIS BUTT ASAP .

    hypocrite ... sell your soul for a few pieces of silver just 8 years ago he was gonna be on the democratic ticket what a joke

    September 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Lin

    Why for stating the obvious?

    September 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Dem Unite

    Liberman LIED when he claimed OBAMA HAS NEVER REACHED ACORSS THE AISLE TO GET ANYTHING DONE!

    Liberman needs to apologize to the American People and then face the purnishment from the Dems.

    September 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Mike

    Lieberman lost the democratic primary, and became an independent to get re-elected.
    Joe will do anything to get re-elected, even align himself with whoever he thinks will get him some political gain.
    Joe Lieberman is only interested in what will advance his political career, not what is in the best interest of the country.
    Time to send Joe back to Connecticut!

    September 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Warning to Obama

    Be careful who you step on on the way up...

    as they will trample you when you're on your way down!!!

    September 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Julie-Washington

    He should as he is no longer the Democrat he had once claimed to be. He is 1/2 Independant and 1/2 Rebublican.
    He needs to lose his Chairmanship.

    September 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Tim Hutchins

    Democrats reaching across the aisle... Democrats supporting the right to free thought and speech... Democrats supporting other democrats... Yeah, Buddy!!!

    McCain/Palin

    September 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. danel

    Ron Paul may not be toeing the line for the republicans but he is decent will never sold out the GOP. Lieberman is a different animal. Time to cut him loss. He is a DINO an albatross that will drag the DEM to the ground.

    September 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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