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. Art H

    If Reid does not remove Lieberman from his position, it will be a clear and certain indication of his weakness.

    He needs to go and if he retains his position, it will be a strategic blunder for the Obama team and also the democratic team in general.

    Removing him has nothing whatsoever to do with "Obama's magnanimity" or lack thereof. He is a traitor and needs to be kicked to the curb. Anything less and this viper will bite again.

    November 17, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Cathy Salciccia

    I find the "tit for tat" relatively nauseating. I don't see any reason why Joe Lieberman should be "punished" for taking the positions that he took during the election. He is an Independent, he votes with democrats, he was a good supporter of McaCin and talked down about the opposition. This is no different than what anyone else did. He wanted to get his favored candidate elected in the same way that Kennedy wanted to get his favored candidate elected. It seems to me that if the Obama administration wants to be "new and different", then they need to look at the underlying interests and value that Joe Lieberman brings to the table in terms of his genuine interest in security and in the environment. This comes from a Hillary Supporter and eventual intense campaigner for Obama up through the election. It is time to stop the external powerplays and punishing behaviors and bring people together.

    November 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. recycle washington

    --this a shame that we have people like LIEberman as our Sen.

    November 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Mitchell

    Joe should keep his post. This is the right call. For all you ignorant imbeciles on this board he has FOUR years before he is up for re-election and at that point could fade gracefully into retirement as a multiple term senator who served his country against all odds. The Dems stabbed Joe in the back by supporting Ned Lamont in the primary when Reid himself has said that "Joe votes Dem more than most of his supposed Democrat senators." Joe cares more for this country than any of the morons posting against him on this board. He did something that made no sense for him politically just to stand up for what he believed in. John McCain lost to fairly to a great man in Obama, but that doesn't make McCain any less of an American hero. Let's get a handle on reality here and not treat this as if Joe was endorsing Bin Laden for president!

    November 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. MikeH

    This ts precisely the spineless behavior that gets the Democratic party in trouble. Lieberman works for Israel now, not America he is a mole for the Israeli right wing.

    Lieberman needs to be ousted from Homeland Security, that way Israel doesn't find out our national secrets and doesn't exert undue influence over American policy.

    November 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Dr Mimi De La Cruz





    November 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Dianne

    How can the Dems think about keeping Joe the traitor? He was sure America would not vote for Obama because of his race. He was sure he could get a position from McCain and would leave the Dems anyway. I am sure he received Oh no what have I done, after Obama win. He such such vile things about Obama without knowing him. He does not understand the work LOYALTY. He swings where ever it is best for him.

    November 17, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Vic

    Lieberman not only showed disrespect, he slimed his way across America with McCain and Palin. He should be kicked to the curb.....better still, wrap him in a red bow and give him to the republican party.....Merry Christmas LOL

    November 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. ED FL

    What a disgrace, to see this bum who has no honor or loyalty even think about staying in his chairmanship as a democrat. I will not vote for any Democrat or republican senator who votes for this loser. I hope that REID gets voted out of the leaders position and in addition hope that the people in his home state votes republican to get rid of him.

    November 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Brad

    I disagree. Lieberman should be stripped of his committee chairmanship. If the Democrats see that there will be no consequences for an act like this, how can they ever be controlled?

    November 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. David Goldman


    November 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Dozirulf


    November 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Obama for President

    You just can't get rid of this jerk! Even if Connecticut voted him out, he'd move to West Virginia or somewhere and run on whichever ticket best pleased him, and be back in the Senate in short order.

    November 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Polly

    Senator Lieberman was right that Reid's proposed offer was "unacceptable." We need him right where he is. Homeland Security comes first.

    November 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Joe Honolulu

    The Democrats don't have a majority in the Senate unless they can persuade Joe, the straddling senator, to vote their way. But they still haven't figured out that Joe doesn't have any sense of loyalty to any party, except his own party of one.

    November 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Sashland

    Gripe on, too bad, he's a Senator and will hold the key vote for at least the next two years.

    He is far more honorable than ANY of the Democratic 'leadership".

    Great way to build a "new" political climate and a "bipartisan" atmosphere... begin the administration with hatred and retribution. Great.

    What next, gays in the military as the first big agenda item?

    Joe Lieberman is an American hero; Ramsey Clark is the traitor.

    Go ahead and boot him, and be prepared for losing a lot of key votes on filibusters...

    You small minded haters should just let it go and put the interests of the country first. Then again, maybe you should get him booted so you can help undermine the Obama agenda you hold so dear. Obama says let him keep his post – who's smarter, you or Obama???????

    That's what I thought, your hate is smarter than Obama...

    November 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Allan

    Say it ain't so, Joe the Mumbler!

    November 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Dadele

    I need the Democrats to get a spine. If the Republicans had control Joe would caucus with them. He will be an obstacle to everything that comes his way and use his chairmanship as a platform to attack the President's agenda. So what if he switches teams officially, that will really help him at home in CT.

    November 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. doug, fairbanks, alaska

    Boot the guy!!! as far as you can..he makes me ill!

    November 17, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. values

    Who can trust this joker. Traitor.

    November 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. 60 every time or only some time?

    On this whole 60 senator thing ... is this an individual vote to cut off a fillibuster? Or is it determined by how Senators caucus?

    Once you have 60, do you always have them or can they break with you on individual issues.

    November 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Tom

    He has been the least trustworthy senator in America for 5 years running. He has no concern for the country, only for himself. The fact that he gets to keep his chairmanship shows us how far the democratic party has yet to go in establishing true change. What a joke.

    November 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Susan in NC

    Joe Lieberman not only supported McCain/Palin - that course I can semi-understand and somewhat respect.. However, he was sooooo obnoxious in doing so and said so many downright slanderous and disturbing things and in such an ugly and inflammatory way - It's really all quite hard to ignore or forget.

    President Elect Obama - music to my ears!

    November 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Tiaunia - DALLAS, TEXAS

    Please Dems explain to me why you are keeping him around?? He is negative and bad energy.

    This is one of those situations where you know it's wrong but you go ahead with it and hope this idiot hides under a rock.....

    November 17, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. rayjay

    Its plain you guys don't know how the game is played. If you don't have the players to put on the field, you go to to the place you can find them to be able to carry on Thats getting along

    November 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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