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

Lieberman meeting with Reid this afternoon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Andrea

    I don't really have a problem with Lieberman supporting John McCain, that was his Right. But when he got mean and nasty, he lost the Right to Caucus with the Dem. I want him gone and striped.

    November 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Annoyed

    I think Reid should keep Lieberman only if Lieberman is truly repentant. There's nothing wrong with supporting who you truly believe to be President. That's what democracy is all about, but in Lieberman's case he did a whole lot of backstabbing and spinning when he trashed Obama with lies at the RNC. There was an agreement between him and the Democrats to explicitly not do that, and he broke it. So what he did was very unprofessional, and unbecoming of leader of any sort.

    If Reid wants to kick him out on the basis of that, that's understandable, and you Republipukes should shut your mouths because your elected politcians have done far more for far less offenses. But with that said, I believe Reid should take the high road and forgive Lieberman, and allow him to rejoin the fold. It can't hurt to have that much more power in the Senate, right?

    And then mandate that Joe tosses every Senator's salad on Thursdays. hehe.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Rick

    If Obama acts like his supporters on this board, his Presidency will be a disaster of biblical proportions.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Debra in CA

    Send him over to the Republicans. He is welcome there.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Double Standards?

    What better way to prove a "new spirit of unity and healing" than punishing Joe Liberman for his own views.

    You people disgust me. Hope defeated fear, but it appears that hate DID win over hope.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. JDC

    Lieberman is a goner, now. No room in this party of "diversity," tolerance.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Lieberman is definitley two-faced as per his speech earlier about how great Obama was and is the new face of the Senate, and then turning around and degrading him as not worthy of the presidency. Lieberman lost as a democrat in 2006 and had to win as an independent by splitting both the republicans and democrats to win narrowly.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Pam

    Lieberman is the definition of jumping on the bandwagon.

    November 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Chris Canada

    Keep you friends close and your enemies even closer!

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Lisa M

    I really have no idea how one should deal with this.

    Lieberman has been absolutely hateful to the Dems, acting more and more like a Reagan Republican.

    Are you sure he's a dem?

    He campaigns with McCain. Sides with Bush. Runs against Dems.


    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Lieberman is like a worm inside the Democratic apple. I know the old saying about keeping your enemies closer, but Lieberman should be shown the door by Reid in this case. Joe betrayed not just the trust of his democratic colleagues, but he betrayed the trust of the American people.

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. David

    With friends like this who needs enemies? Let him be Sara Palin's running mate in 2012, he can shop for her new wardobe.

    Get rid of this guy!

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Debra in CA

    Send him to the other side. He will be welcome there.

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    A conservative in liberal clothing - standing behind McCain at manay of his speeches.

    Dump him! We need democrats who have the cojones to have the courage of their democratic principles.

    November 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Chris

    Hmmm.....Unite indeed. Bi-partisan efforts? I trust that Obama will not take the tact being espoused by all the hyper-partisan respondants here.

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. one point

    Lieberman was the vp candidate in 2000 not in 2004 as this article states. He allowed lies and smears to go unchecked about a candidate. He could have stood up and said something but he didn't. He was looking out for his own political career. He would have gotten on McCain staff as a reward. But he lost and he must be willing to face the consequences of his actions.

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Independent Voter

    CHANGE is here....get rid of him!

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Darryl in Sterling

    Get rid of him. I do not see the Presidant Elect valuing his chairmanship of any major issue he's working on.

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. paul (staunch Moderate)

    Sen Reid is a very good politician. He did not get where he is by shooting from the hip. He is not about to shoot himself in the foot. He'll do what is going to help the Dems and Obama's position of partisan cooperation. He also knew that Lieberman was going to support McCain and speak at the convention. What angered Reid was the attacks on Obama – which Lieberman had promised he would not do. If he allows Lieberman to maintain his committee positions, it will most likely be with the caveat that he will be watched closely.

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Kris In Atlanta

    The writing is on the wall: Lieberman must go. Lieberman turned on a party and principles that got him to where he is right now, and he betrayed the will of the Democratic voters; he had no use for us, now we have no use for him. Strip him of his chaairmanship and let him leave the caucus on his own!

    November 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Vern

    As much as I would love to say get rid of him..I just can't! I believe he should be watched carefully, however, he is entitled to his opinion, no matter how untrustworthy he is. At least we know where is stands. Just watch your backs!

    November 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. david

    If Joe feels he needs to atone, his faith will call him to do it. He's valuable and necessary for reaching across the aisle.

    Don't be misled; many of the posters in here spouting the hate are posing to be Dems when they are not.

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. robin

    Joe is an actual bi-partisan . People like me who spend time on these comment pages are not . no one should take our comments too far.

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Truth will set you free

    You sour sadistic vile and hypocritical dems. You applaud when Colin Powell support your messiah and you think it is free thinking. When someone from the dem side support a republican they are reviled, punished and called names.. Very hypocritical indeed. Congrats on showing your true colors- not uniting people, but after your own agenda.

    Thanks for showing the color of the true democrats.

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Frank

    The republicans lost because it was either their way or the highway. Keep Joe Lieberman. That would show the Democratic party as the party that allows a clash of ideas. That is democracy. Kicking Joe out is immature. He is a good man. He was wrong on this one but who can claim to be right all the time........Do i need to say IRAQ?

    November 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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