Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joe Lieberman is One Lucky Dude

After palling around with McCain and attacking Obama on a regular basis, Lieberman gets to keep his chairmanship.
Let this be a reminder of what politics is -- fun and games. The stuff about Obama palling around with terrorists? Made up stuff to win an election. The stuff about Obama being a secret terrorist? Made up stuff to win an election. It's meant to sway our little minds.
Lieberman now owes Obama a debt of gratitude and that might be a good thing.
Politico: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) offered a qualified apology -- and accepted the lightest of wrist slaps -- in exchange for a deal that keeps him firmly in the Senate Democratic fold.

Democrats, meeting in the Capitol this morning, voted secretly to allow Lieberman to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee -- despite his support for John McCain and criticism of Barack Obama during the presidential race.

Lieberman's punishment for what many Democrats saw as an unacceptable betrayal: He will lose his seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has been an outspoken critic of Bush administration global warming policies.

"It's a resolution of reconciliation and not retribution...I appreciate it," Lieberman told reporters after the two-and-half meeting in the Old Senate Chamber.

Lieberman gave a nod to President-Elect Barack Obama who had reportedly urged a mild rebuke that would keep the former Democratic nominee from defecting to the GOP caucus.