Joe Lieberman

I think what’s troubling me even more than Sen. Joe Lieberman’s self-righteous sense of entitlement to continue chairing the committee that will oversee national security policy under the presidential leadership of the very man whose run for office Lieberman actively opposed and even betrayed, with shameless ad hominem attacks and McCarthyite smears, is the apparent willingness of even some progressive Democratic leaders to let him get away with it.

Chris Dodd is one such, and Steve Benen is nonplussed:

DODD DEFENDS LIEBERMAN…. As much as I respect Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), I haven’t the foggiest idea what he’s talking about here.

U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd said Friday that President-elect Obama would not want one of his party’s first major post-election issues to be a messy fight over Joseph Lieberman’s status as a Democrat.

Lieberman’s political future is uncertain because some Democrats want to punish him for supporting Republican John McCain in the race against Obama. But Lieberman and Obama have been Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate for four years, Dodd noted, and Obama generally resists confrontations if a compromise can be reached.

“What does Barack Obama want?” Dodd rhetorically asked reporters Friday in Hartford. “He’s talked about reconciliation, healing, bringing people together. I don’t think he’d necessarily want to spend the first month of this president-elect period, this transition period, talking about a Senate seat, particularly if someone is willing to come forward and is willing to be a member of your family in the caucus in that sense.”

Since when is it the president-elect’s responsibility to oversee partisan conflicts in a different branch of government? “What does Barack Obama want?” As far as I can tell, he wants to put together an effective presidential administration. The more pertinent question is, “What do Senate Democrats want?”

Or, put another way, this isn’t Obama’s problem, and it isn’t his job. Unless the president-elect is working the phones, trying to get Senate Democrats to punish Lieberman — and there’s no evidence that he is — then Dodd is mistaken trying to bring Obama into this.

5 Responses to “Joe Lieberman”

  1. radical_Moderate says:

    Joe Lieberman is a skunk of the first order, and should have his sorry ass kicked to the curb. It is my feeling that Lieberman has been extremely bitter ever since the netroots pushed for, and managed to get, Ned Lamont the nomination instead of him (since Obama won the Presidency, and has changed the face of campaigning forever, I think that given a similar situation, that Lamont would have taken the election if the race was held post Obama instead of pre.) Anyway, I don’t doubt that a bitter Lieberman sees Obama as a product of the same netroots political action that rebuked him, and has been out for revenge ever since.

  2. Burr Deming says:

    I think you have a point. The anger against Joe Lieberman goes back to 2006.

    He was not the only Senator who continued to support a forever occupation. There were others. But even then he was unique as a Democrat in going out of his way to taunt those whose support he demanded.

  3. Chief says:

    First, Obama is now the ‘leader’ of the Dems.

    Second, as I read somewhere else, the larger the Dem caucus is the higher number of Senators they can have on each committee. Now they have a margin of one more Dem on each committee. If they have 58 or 59 people on the caucus they might have 3 extra dems on each committee.

    Yes, I certainly believe that Lieberman should pay for his perfidy. But, do you really want him in the Repub caucus ?

  4. irving Cohen says:

    dump him

  5. Is Joe Lieberman’s true allegiance to the American people or to the security of Israel, no matter what cost to Americans? Is he an Israeli plant? It seems as though what makes him tick is protectionsim of Israel at any cost to anybody other than Israel. I am not against Israel, but I am not interested in having a possible Israeli plant in a powerful position in our government. We have enough work to do without having to deal with a possible spy in our government. He backed McCain due to McCain’s pro-war stance, plain and simple. What does this have to do with the American people other than the American people are the ones who have to die and pay for all this. Joe Lieberman has never served in the armed forces himself…his Dad got him out of it. Is this a chicken-hawk they talk about?

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