November 6th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Lieberman meeting with Reid this afternoon

Lieberman was a strong supporter of John McCain’s presidential bid.
Lieberman was a strong supporter of John McCain’s presidential bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat turned independent who backed Republican Sen. John McCain for president, will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss Lieberman’s future with the Democratic caucus, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.

At stake is Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and possibly his other committee assignments. Reid could also ask Lieberman to leave the Democratic caucus altogether.

Lieberman’s support of McCain – and harshly critical words of President-elect Barack Obama during the campaign - angered many Senate Democrats but Reid was reluctant to act against the Connecticut senator earlier because Democratic control of the Senate relied on Lieberman’s decision to organize with the Democrats.

But after picking up multiple Democratic seats on Election Day, Reid is politically empowered to strip Lieberman of the coveted chairmanship if he chooses. The full Democratic caucus would have to approve any action Reid takes when it meets on Capitol Hill in two weeks.

Democratic leadership aides would not say what Reid will do at the highly-anticipated meeting which is expected to take place in Reid’s leadership suite off the Senate floor. Reid has not been shy in the past about expressing his frustration with Lieberman who just eight years ago was the Democrats’ nominee for Vice President. But he’s also repeatedly said he values Lieberman’s membership in the caucus because on most issues Lieberman votes with the Democrats.


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soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Daryl from Seattle

    Lieberman was a snake in the garden, smiling in the faces of his former colleagues while stabbing them in the back when away. He wasn't nearly diplomatic enough in his handling of the election and his relationships with McCain and the Democrats. He deserves expulsion.

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. paul king

    SEND JOE LIBERMAN BACK TO THE LOBBY SO HE CAN CAUCUS WITH HIS ROGUE FRIENDS.. HE IS NOT A BUDDY TO THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY.

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Praetorian

    He should be allowed to stay and represent the voters who elected him.

    But he clearly does not merit any committee chair positions because he represents a different set of values than the majority of Americans desire right now.

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sean

    Judas!

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Chris

    As angry as I am at Lieberman for so vociferously supporting McCain, I think it would be a mistake to strip him of his titles or kick him out of the caucus. That just strikes me as something a Cheney or a DeLay would do. I think the Democrats need to take the high road and recognize that we aren't ever going to agree on everything.

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Glenn, Cary, NC

    The Democratic Party hasn't left Joe Lieberman; Joe Lieberman has left the Democratic Party. Good riddance. Now if we could just replace Harry Reid, too....

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. BR

    "Lieberman who just four years ago was the Democrats’ nominee for Vice President."

    It was the 2000 presidential election in which Lieberman was the VP candidate.

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Eugene, NYC

    What happend to the guy doing what he believes in? I am personally sick of party line politics, Joe is the only senator on Capital Hill who stands for something!

    November 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Robert

    I hope the Democrats throw Lieberman out. He doesn't belong in their group. And the Republicans may also want to throw him out...force him into retirement.

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. ran

    He needs to be strip of any an all chairperson ship. Let him go with the Republicans. Hopefully Ct will ask him to resign.

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. wycliffe, NJ

    I give em to the republicans, he doe not care about fellow democrats

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Bill

    Liebermann never put COUNTRY FIRST it was always ISRAEL first. Remember the USS LIBERTY. I won't miss the traitor. Send him to the Republicans.

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. geraldine

    Scary, these comments (save for cjs).

    Shoot a man for stating his honest opinion despite party ties? Wow.

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    "KICK 'EM TO THE CURB".... along with GUILIANI, LIMBAUGH, ROVE AND HANNITY!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. TJintheD

    Joe Liberman is a traitor, no good, in the closet, manboy lover who tore his self a new one by joining ranks with John McClame and the rest of the repukelican morons. He deserves to lose his chairmanship and he should be cast out of the democratic caucus. He like McClame realizes too late how stupid his decisions were. I say get rid of Liberman for good. He's a loser just like the repugs.

    November 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Tony

    Allow Lieberman to remain an Independent, with no retribution taken. Encourage him to continue to caucas with the Dems, showing their inclusive nature. Better to have him on Dems' side than to go completely to the Repubs caucas.

    November 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. mmd

    I would like to know how wooden teeth dobbs avoided having a heart attack. It is people of that ilk who have prevented the country from coming together in the past. In your face and through your wooden teeth dobbs.
    Obama won in spite of your efforts to aid in his defeat.

    November 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. LyonsPhilly

    He's not to be trusted.......

    November 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Dave

    I don't see what the problem is with dropping him from the caucus. The man left the party a few years ago, and as seen in this election, he doesn't ally himself with the party anymore. It seems only logical to drop him from the party caucus.
    I don't think this goes against the unity message at all.
    Should the Dems let the GOP caucus with them for unity's sake? Then why let someone who clearly supports the GOP agenda?

    Joe picked his side. Any GOP that dropped to independant and started pulling for the Dems would be dropped from their caucus much faster.

    The only thing the Dems should consider is the future. Drop him now and he likely won't back you in the future.

    November 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. YEP

    This is to Xera-

    I read these comments and FINALLY a person who posts a voice of reason! I completely agree with you. In my opinion -if Joe decides that his ideology is now more in line with the Republicans, then he needs to be removed and can change his party standing. If he is still primarily in line with the views of the democrats then great, let him keep his posts.

    November 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. john for Obama

    GET HIM OUTTA THERE not for siding with the Repulicans that is fine BUT for participating in their smear campaign which has been rebuked by the American public. KICK HIM OUT!! and let his voters decide his fate in his next re-election

    November 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Amanda

    Why shouldn't he leave the Democratic caucus? He doesn't even call himself a Democrat anymore, he says he's an Independent while supporting Republican ideals. He'd be better suited as a Republican.

    November 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Chris in PA

    Put him on the plane with Palin back to Alaska

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Love My USA/Do You?

    This is a real show how the Democrats wil reach across the isle.
    We need someone like Joe to stay where he is, we sure as hell are not going to have any other Democrats looking out for the welfare of the American people.

    Don't forget it was Bush that has kept this country safe since 911, seven years ago... Not the Democrats.

    Let not be blinded about what is really going on with the DEm. Congress and Senat.e... Don't throw Joe under the bus. We need him.

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. mmd

    II wonder how wooden teeth dobbs avoided having a heart attack.
    He did everything within in tiv power to undermind Obama.

    WELL WOODEN TEETH DOBBS, HE WON. I THINK YOU WOULD DO MUCH BETTER ON FOX NEWS WITH HANNITY. GOODBYE

    November 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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