(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.
I bet he's going to grab his pom poms and celebrate in his office.
He's a traitor and doesn't deserve even being a dog catcher.
I can not believe that Lieberman has the nerve to continue in his post!
Mr. LIEberman, please apologize to America and retire.
Because I live in Connecticut, its pains me to have him as my senator!
He betrayed the citizens of CT., by endorsing McCain. I would have preferred he be stripped of his Chair of Homeland Security, but, if he starts trouble, I hope they censor him!
HE IS THE MODERN DAY BENEDICT ARNOLD!!!!
I aagree with Bryan, Lieberman is a misguided opportunist. What was he thinking ? Doiiiiii!
This news is a slap in the face to everyone who worked so hard to get Barack Obama elected (and that’s a lot of people). This man did everything in his power to see that it didn’t happen and his reward is that he gets to stay on our team? In a position of power?
I am deeply, deeply upset to hear that this may happen. I intend to write to my senators, Chuck and Hillary, to let them know my feelings. How about you?
Here’s why this is so disappointing: There’s a lot of anger built up over these last eight years and we need to find a way to blow that off. Sure, getting Obama elected was huge, but we’re talking about eight years. Throw us a little red meat with our champagne. We want heads to roll. And Lieberman is the low hanging fruit.
Justice, truly, is not served by this cowardly move.
They need to send him back to the Repubs. He has no business with those "socialists" as he called them!
If Democrats still haven't grown a spine, they truly are hopeless.
Kick Lieberman Out!
It would be against Obama's message of unity and non-partisanship if they kicked him out. I agree he doesn't deserve to stay with the dems, but Obama is willing to let it go, so I think his example will influence the others to keep the peace and let things be. If they kicked him out, he would be likely to cause more trouble, but if they keep him, he might be more willing to work with everyone for the common good. So, it would actually be a good strategy to keep him on.
I'm a Connecticut refugie, believe me Lieberman will go the way of Chris Shays
How can Reid or any democrat trust this guy. I don't think his vote is worth this chairmanship. This is one of the most inportant post in the senate. Obama needs someone who is more in line with his thinking about foreign policy and this war. Hopefully the people of Conn. will vote him out next time. He has loyality to no one but himself. I voted for Obama to change this country and Liberman is old school and a war monger.
Calm down everyone, it's politics. It 'scalled keeping friends close and enemies closer. Lieberman knows he owes the democrats his political life, now he is a guaranteed vote no matter what. If he steps one toe out of line no more chairmanship.
Joe who?....what party is he gonna switch to next. I say take it away and show him he can't have his cake and eat it too.
thumbs down on liberman he needs to go and if the dem. dont oust liberman the rat they need to think abount there reelection
Keep him for now, but, a warning for the next misstep and he's OUT!
He look like a traitor on back of Mccain,s bomber.
We need him on Israel bringing food to the palestinian people,
until they become an independent nation. Nick
When Lieberman is up for re-election, we will see how the MAJORITY of the people votes! :)
He should be grateful if he gets off that easy.
Oh, and one more thing: after any "war", there HAS to be a head in the basket presented to the victors. Personally, I don't want any Republican head , they have enough problems as it is, and their party needs to regroup, for the sake of balance.
I, and I think many others, if not the vast majority of Dems, want Lieberman's head on a plate. Traitors must go.
Stripping him of a subcommittee chairmanship is a pretty weak rebuke. A stronger punishment would be to remove him from the environmental committee altogether.
They are taking their time waiting to see what happens in Alaska and Minnesota. Lieberman just might show up on game day wearing jersey #60.
You Dems have a cult mentality ,you would drink the koolaid,if you were told too.Start using your brains instead of your over the top emotions.
Lame .... Leiberman needs to get the boot.