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.
I think Lieberman did a great job!!
one does not have to agreeon every thing but to out rigth lie abount a person whom you disgree with is not acceptable bye mcbush
Dems are trying to give Sen. Lieberman the benefit of the doubt, as he continues to push respectful limits. I would not blame them for holding him accountable if Joe continues his misguided efforts. It's one thing to be for someone, instead of against another.
Also, McCain is going to face challenges with the Jewish community after reports are released of Palin's pastor using anti-semitic rhetoric, as well as other fundamentalist views.
Let him say whatever he likes.....
This is his choice... you reap what you soe... Sooo he'll see soon that he was wrong. Vengence will be his (Gods) and his alone... don't be like republicans & punish him
I'm not sure who's a bigger clown. Lieberman, McCain, or Marc(see his posts above).
If Liberman can't be true to his party he should be stripped of his chairmanship. Maybe he should just make it official and become a Republican!
WHAT ARE THE DEMS 'SUPPOSED TO DO... "REWARD" HIM FOR DOWNING THE LEADER OF THE PARTY HE ONCE WAS THE #2 PERSON IN???
HECK.. IF IT WERE THE REPUBLICANS.... THIS GUY WOULD WIND UP ON THE SIDE OF A MILK CARTON ! ! !
He wantsUSA to fight for israel, with Iran, Iraq, syria and other midle east country.
Lieberman is now a man with no home – so to speak. No party, no where is going to accept his as legitimate.
LIEBERMAN EL TRAIDOR PA' EL CARAJO AHORA MISMO !
Yes in deed, the democrats are such a dirty bunch. Black slim at the bottom of the barrel.
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
You do realize that independents ultimately selected Obama as the Democratic nominee, don't you? Hillary did win the majority of the core democratic base. Does this mean that Obama shouldn't be the democratic nominee if votes for him come from independents?
If Lieberman's anything, it's a bald-faced liar. Last night, he gushed praise all over Palin – a woman who's every belief runs counter to his own, from abortion, to gun ownership, to foreign policy. And to top it off, he lied about Obama, talking as if Obama has opposed funding troops in Iraq when in actuality, Obama has consistently voted to approve funding to them. The only time he voted against was because of inappropriate earmarks attached to the legislation in question.
Lieberman should be ashamed of himself.
Well, it's sad to see Joe Lieberman allowing himself to be used by the Republican party, and even sadder to watch him stand up there and lie about Obama's record.
If our tongues get so forked, we will become a snakey nation, not America anymore.
So much for speaking your mind and expressing an opinion. Political revenge is so sweet!?!
Born Again Democrat September 3rd, 2008 4:41 pm ET
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.
I hear you. Sadly this is our democratic leadership: Reid, Pelosi, & Mr. Empty Suit Obama.
LIEBERMAN SHOULD HAVE NOT COME ON NATIONAL TV. . .AND LIED!
JUST THAT SIMPLE!
Lieberman owes the Democrats ZERO. They dumped him; he ran as an Independent and WON. At the time I thought it was pretty amazing that he was good enough to run on the Dem ticket for VP, but not good enough to remain in the Senate.
My guess is he couldn't care less if they take away the chairmanship. It just makes them look bad. He's been honest and upfront in his views and his position.
And I don't agree with his position on Iraq.
IF IT WALKS like a duck....... Lieberman is a Repub! Plain and simple.
Get rid of Lie-berman.
The Dems shouldn't punish Lieberman for expressing his beliefs, opinions, or support for his close, personal friend John McCain. As a Democrat I believe the party has plenty of room for dissent and disagreement.
I hope demoncrate pull lieberman chairmanship because we dont need a phoney demoncratic who critisize a party who trying to bring American together Lieberman is awful i hope the people in connecticute vot him out the office...I never in my life heard a person like lieberman talk bad about changes that he faught for to better our country...I hope obama/Biden remember what lieberman did to the demoncratic party when they take the white house back...
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO more Lieberman bye bye bye bye Lieberman
What ever happened to the "Freedom of Speech and Thought". Maybe the Democrates want blind followers anymore. They haven't had a decient platform in so many yrs so people can say they were proud to be a Dem. Then if they do get the top notch people runnung for an office they S- on them. Now maybe no one remembers that Joe had to basically leave the party and run as Independent. It is way past time for a through house cleaning at the DNC . And with their ratings at the lowest of any congress and senate they better check their hole cards. There could be a whole new turn over again just like a couple yrs. ago when they got back in control. Especially with that do nothing for the American power playing Pelosi running their show.