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

Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. let go luke

    let him go. hes a less than inspiring public figure.

    November 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Brain in DC

    If it was up to me, I don't want him as chair on Homeland Security committee, or any position of significant influence on National Security.

    November 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Dave in Houston

    The Dems have to suck it up and let Lieberman keep his chairmanship. Even if we run the table with Begich, Franken and Martin, we will need Lieberman to stay "filibuster-proof."

    However, if we can pick up more seats in 2010, we can really stick it to Joe for his traitorous behavior. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

    November 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Real Change

    Yah see that picture. That would be good ole Joe speeking at the Republican convention.

    I say we need to squash Joe like a bug.

    November 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Jim

    Wonderful. More of the same spineless leadership we've come to expect from the Senate Democrats.

    To hell with Lieberman. Harry Reid, the Democratic equivalent of Neville Chamberlain, deserves to lose his seat over this.

    November 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Nifty 60, female and white

    Strip him of everything. He does not deserve to be part of anything the Democratic Party has to offer. As a traitor he should he glad that he is not being shot. At least the Repubs stayed true to their colors. Get rid of him once and for all.

    November 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Boered1

    Obama has already started to heal the wounds, he has talked with the liar hillary, he has talked with the dishonorable mccain, and now he has forced the idiot reid into moving to accept Lieberman "as is" I wish I had Obama's capacity to forgive but I still hold too much anger towards the liar hillary and her puma kids and my dissappointment with mccain will take a long time to heal. I take my hat off to the better man, OBAMA!

    November 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. zenter

    The democrats can be such wimps sometimes. Lieberman should get kicked off the democrat caucus period. He does nothing but rally with losers (Gore, McCain) and he crosses party lines to make stupid decisions. Lieberman should go ahead and caucus with the republicans since he is so well alligned with them on all our modern issues. Social issues are simply on the back burner these days so these issues do not carry enough weight to be consideration on which party a Senator caucuses with. The economy and the Iraq war clearly puts Lieberman on the side of republicans. But the congressional democrats, as usual, are showcasing their gross incompotence. This is why i am an Obama independent and not a democrat.

    November 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |

    Incompetent, flip flopping, two faced, liar....................GET RID OF HIM NOW!!!!

    November 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. robert

    to endorse the opposing camp is one thing to actually address the rnc is another. liebermann campaigned also against the some democratic senate candidates. this is above what can be normal. chuck hagel was for obama but never did all these foolish things. my oppinion liebermann is an egoistic opportunist and should be stripped of all chairmanships... he should caucus with the gop. he voted gop. last line he is a war monger.

    November 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Alissa in Kansas

    THIS IS CRAZY! Kick him the hell out altogether! Let him go to the Republicans! He's their toady anyway! I for one will NEVER forgive this!

    November 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Barbara

    If the Democrats do not take the Homeland Security chair from him, they will send the message that they are the same old wimps they have been for the last eight years. It's not only that Joe Lieberman followed McCain around like a dog but he has not been doing his job as a senator for almost two years! The Democrats have got to stand up for something.

    November 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. jimbojim

    Go Dem's go. Dump this stupid old smiling dolt. Like John McCain say's "Stand up and Fight" , "Fight", " Fight:" etc. Fight for your princilpes. Stop acting like you have to have it i.e. 60 seat Senate. You can govern quite well with out total control of everything. Sucking up to a guy like "Joe the Turncoat" is never worth it.

    November 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. SNAPPA

    Not to go off subject but I need to comment on what Jim Demint said about touting the conservative line. If Mr. Demint wants to live in a religious based society let him move to Iran or Pakistan or wait for the taliban to re- control Afghanastan. I am sick of these sick cult people trying to force our SECULAR nation towards a theocracy.

    That to me is whats wrong with the republican party pushing their so called values on the public when behind closed doors they have the least values (Foley, Craig, Haggard and many more). If not seeing what an ignorant cult politician is like look to Palin and most of all Bush. The ignorant answers to some questions posed to Palin show what happens when the only thing you read is a bible you know nothing of the real world.

    November 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Independent

    The Democrats are hypocrites. If a Republican crosses over and campaigns for Obama they get praise. If a Democrat crosses over and campaigns for McCain they get labeled as a traitor.

    The Democrats complain about what Lieberman said at the RNC. It seems to me that the fact that Lieberman criticized Obama AT ALL is what they are reacting to. Saying he was "overly critical" seems inaccurate if you actually look at what he said at the RNC:

    "Senator Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead. But eloquence is no substitute for a record - not in these tough times.

    In the Senate he has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party.

    Contrast that to John McCain's record, or the record of the last Democratic President, Bill Clinton, who stood up to some of those same Democratic interest groups and worked with Republicans to get important things done like welfare reform, free trade agreements, and a balanced budget.


    When others were silent, John McCain had the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq. When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle, when Barack Obama was voting to cut off funding for our troops on the ground, John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion and support the surge, and because of that, today, our troops are at last beginning to come home, not in failure, but in honor!"

    November 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Nimi from NY

    Why? He doesn't deserve to keep his top Dem post when there are people who worked hard to elect Barak Obama. My anger is not neccesarily that he was out there campaining for McCain but the way he criticized Obama was wrong and he should not be rewarded for bad behavior.

    November 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. jimbojim

    Go Dem's go. Dump this stupid old smiling dolt. Like John McCain say's "Stand up and Fight" , "Fight", " Fight:" etc. Fight for your principles. Stop acting like you have to have it all, i.e. 60 seat Senate. You can govern quite well with out total control of everything. Sucking up to a guy like "Joe the Turncoat" is never worth it.

    November 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Rich from Philly

    Bad sign–actions have to have consequences. Letting Lieberman off with a slap on the wrist is not good for Dems. in long run. It is not that Lieberman just said he supported McCain–he actively campaigned for the other party against the Dems. That makes him worse than a Republican, and they would not give a an R. a major committe chair.

    November 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Terrell of Escondido Ca.

    I do not like Joe. He is a back biter. And a closet Republican. He was also willing to see this country go through another term of bush polices. But do we have enough democratic seats in congress to drop him now? Oh to hell with it!!!! send his sorry behind to the Publicans.

    November 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. KJL

    Democrats are more tolerant than Republicans.

    November 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Another crooked republican

    Lieberman: Wolf guarding the hen afraid, this man is untrustworthy.

    November 17, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Jay

    Look Dems – I donated to you (a lot), I voted for you, I told everyone I know to vote Dem. You won, now grow some backbone and get rid of Lieberman – he's a republican! Why he gets to run such an important post is beyond me.

    November 17, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Barbara in NC

    I hope Connecticut gets rid of him in 2 years. Have never trusted him.

    November 17, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. dale in indiana

    show how desperate reid is. any body that backstabs the party the he did needs to be booted out or go to the gop...

    November 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Howie

    Joe well deserves his leadership role. Democrats need to stop complaining and support one who has been a dedicated democrat for many years.

    November 17, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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