As expected, Lieberman gets off scott free from the Democratic caucus after spending the last two years undermining their agenda and supporting the oppsition in the elections.
Senate Democrats refused Tuesday to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) of his prized chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Jane Hamsher calls it about right:
It’s high irony for Reid to talk about being “unified as Democrats.” He just told the people who worked hard for Obama’s election, who still want to see some oversight on Katrina, to go Cheney themselves.
Steve Benen observes that Lieberman is probably the slickest senator in Washington right now.
Lieberman knows Senate Democrats better than Democratic voters do. My friend Matt told me via email yesterday, “If Lieberman ends up keeping his gavel on Homeland Security, I think we need to stop for a moment and recognize him as the smartest politician in Washington. He will have correctly made a bet about the fortitude of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate and he will have been right, against all apparent odds.”
This is a decision, I suspect, that the caucus will regret in the not-too-distant future. It’s predicated on the assumption that Lieberman really is a Demcorat at heart.
Indeed. Lieberman played his caucus for fools – and he was right. Alas.