November 17th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say

Sources tell CNN Sen. Lieberman will keep his committee chairmanship.
Sources tell CNN Sen. Lieberman will keep his committee chairmanship.

(CNN) - Senate Democrats appear willing to let Sen. Joe Lieberman keep his powerful Homeland Security Committee chairmanship, even though the Connecticut independent campaigned vigorously for John McCain's White House bid, two congressional sources told CNN Monday.

Instead, Senate Democrats will likely strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of an environmental subcommittee - a considerably less prominent position than his homeland security post.

That outcome would be at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's initial intentions. Sources told CNN last week that Reid had informed Lieberman it was likely he would lose his chairmanship of the committee and instead assume a leadership post on a less prominent panel. Lieberman told
Reid that offer was "not acceptable," according to sources.

The Democratic caucus will formally meet Tuesday morning to hold a secret ballot vote on Lieberman's future, but the sources suggested the outcome of that vote may already be a foregone conclusion.


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  1. Simsbury, Connecticut

    We only have a few years before we vote him out.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    No! Very unwise decision.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Ed

    I will never forgive you...you are nothing more than an oportunist and have no true interest in the betterment of America. You are a political traitor and self serving at best.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Mr. Lugo

    He really does look like Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. California Girl

    My problem with Leiberman is not that he supported John McCain over Obama, but that he said so many horrible things during the campaign about Obama and democrats in general. I don't think he really cares about anything or anyone except Israel, and would gladly sacrifice every American soldier for that cause. He does not think israel can ever be wrong, and they are wrong a lot. And since he has such a low opinion of the democratic party, why does he want to be one? I don't understand this guy at all.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Don Jones

    Why doesn't this shyster just go away. " The Cooler" has worked his magic with two presidential campaigns, please don't turn him loose on our country. Connecticut is now the" Alaska of the East" for having elected this nebbish.

    November 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Sceptic

    Hm. I campaigned for Lieberman in the past. But by now, some five years later, I consider him off base and have no respect for him as a politician. More importantly, I strongly question which country's interests he has at heart. Israel or the US? That matters to me in particular if he heads up the Homeland Security Committee!

    November 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Anne E.

    The "good" senator from CT seems to be getting away with quite a lot. Here's hoping the voters will take care of his job when the time comes.

    November 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    It doesn't really matter.

    Lieberman is basically impotent if the democrats don't reach 60, and if they do reach 60, he'll be the most powerful person in the senate. This would be true regardless of his chairmanship.

    Without 60 seats, any attempt by Lieberman to use the chairmanship for personal gain would be accompanied by a few dozen "leaks" of the conversations... He will be the ultimate omega wolf.... because the democrats would have a 7-8 seat cusion without him.

    If they do reach 60, he would be the insurance against filibusters... and he will get his way on almost anything for two years.

    It sucks, but that's really the situation that we're looking at.

    November 17, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. CS

    What, Is this guy protected from up on high by the prince of darkness? He walks and talks like a chickenhawk but we're supposed to believe he's a Democrat? If Obama can forgive this idiot then he's a bigger man than anyone gives him credit for.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Inside job

    Hes a scumbag with way too much power.Make him go back to his own country in the middle east.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Neversaydie

    He needs to go. He's a traitor to his party and to his country.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Bryan

    Does Joe have pictures of leading Democrats in compromising positions? There is literally no other explanation for this insanity on the part of Senate Democrats - they are an old boys club, pure and simple.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. California Gold

    Most people understand Lieberman is a chameleon. Don't expect anything from him and don't expect his decision to be grounded in anything more than what is in his best interests. Think not? He aggressively campaigned for McCain and hurled wild accusations like Palin about Obama confident his Democrat voting record will keep his chairmanship intact. I know it's the way the game is played, but I don't respect Lieberman.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Larry

    The Democrats know Lieberman was right all along,McCain would have been a better choice–the policians are more forgiving than the Democratic voters as you will see by the post on this blog tonight.That's because the voters are so emotional.

    November 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. J.P.

    How dare a senator actually think for himself and not fall in line with party leadership!

    November 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    if theres any doubt about liberman,, the show him the door,, its best for the country,, we dont need neg nor trouble from republicans anymore,,,

    November 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Dal CA

    If the Dems don't like what Lieberman did then they have only one option. Use the ballot box to send the message up his spine.

    November 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. gallimimus

    It's not a matter of having a different opinion. It's a matter of how that opinion was communicated. Scum of the earth, yes he is!!!

    November 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Brian

    I hope we get better news after the vote!

    Lieberman is Palpatine – a man who cares only about himself!

    November 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Anna, ATL

    you guys are morons.
    this isn't saturday night at the movies...

    The people that throw their careers on the line for their principles are not the Washington gooks we need to be worried about.

    November 17, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Margo

    Two more years for you Joe and hopefully you'll be GONE!

    November 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. JOE BLOGGS

    This is a true test of Democratic spine. EVERYONE knows Lieberman has acted in a manner taht deserves retribution. If this happened on the REPUBLICAN side, there would be no suspense, no debate. LIeberman didn't only support John MCCAIn for Prez. He stood beside him and applauded every time McCain lied about Obama's tax plan and about Obaqma 'spreading the wealth' like a 'Socialist'. LIeberman is a slimey shark anad, if the Dems don't strip him of his chairmanship, they ahve proven to us all that they haven't CHANGEd at all – still a bunch of spineless wimps!

    November 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Jon, Conn

    Liebermann should be let go. He betrayed the Democrats.

    November 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. C Spurgeon

    I think he should move to the Republicans as that is where his loyalties lie and hopefully the Dems will get in next time. He is merely going thru life to the highest bidder.

    November 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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