Senate Democrats have shown their lack of backbone by voting 42-13 to allow Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to keep his chairmanship of the powerful Homeland Security Committee.
There is no excuse for this if you are a Democrat. Lieberman actively campaigned against President-elect Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates for Senate. With the difficult, but still plausible, reality of picking up three more senate seats, the Democrats should have kicked Lieberman out of the caucus all together, or at the very least made him a non-factor in the Barack Obama administration.
Harry Reid and other Senate leaders should hang their heads in shame for allowing this to happen. The good news is they took away his inconsequential panel post on the Environment and Public Works Committee as punishment.
Essentially, the leaders are saying there are no consequences for your actions.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter, and I know that my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus were moved not only by the kind words that Senator Reid said about my longtime record, but by the appeal from President-elect Obama himself that the nation now unite to confront our very serious problems,” Lieberman said after the vote.
Anger toward Lieberman seems to have softened since Election Day, and Democrats didn’t want to drive him from the Democratic caucus by taking away his chairmanship and send the wrong signals as Obama takes office on a pledge to unite the country. Lieberman had indicated it would be unacceptable for him to lose his chairmanship.
More partisan outrage at Daily Kos, Fire Dog Lake, Crooks and Liars, Think Progress, etc. Clearly the Democrats don’t have a backbone and it’s disheartening that Barack Obama isn’t more upset and actually pushed to have the vote fall this way. Not sure what his strategy on this one is, but he has to have one right?