Is Lieberman to progressive Democrats what Bush's immigration policy is to hard-line conservatives? It certainly feels like Senator Lieberman is a thorn in our side.
After a 42-13 vote (including the newly elected Senate Democrats), the Democratic Caucus has voted to not only keep Joe Lieberman in the caucus, but to allow him to retain his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
This decision is irresponsible. Last night as Arianna Huffington sat in for Rachel Maddow, she asked a guest whether Lieberman's track record as chairman would play a significant role in the Democrats decision today. The guest's answer? Absolutely not.
For more on the decision to let Joe Lieberman live to see another day as a member of the Democratic Caucus, please visit any of the following sites:
- DailyKos: Lieberman's "Mea Culpa"
- WaPo: Democrats let Lieberman keep committee chair
- Huffington Post: Lieberman keeps committee chair
- 43rd State Blues: Who to call about Lieberman?
It obviously doesn't matter if Joe Lieberman is competent as chairman of his committee. It also doesn't seem to matter if he is even a Democrat.