Green Mountain Muster
I recently posted an item on the continuing saga of Joe Lieberman and his status within the Senate Democratic Caucus. There has been some discussion recently of either expelling Lieberman from the caucus, or at a minimum stripping him of his committee chairmanship. Lieberman has suggested the latter would also cause him to bolt the caucus and possibly join Senate Republicans. Thus far, Barack Obama’s position on the matter has been somewhere between a hands off approach and a willingness to let bygones be bygones.
But now senior Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is the first caucus member to come out strongly in favor of stripping Lieberman of his Homeland Security chairmanship.  It will be interesting to see whether Leahy's public stance opens up the floodgates against Lieberman in advance of next week’s caucus vote on his fate. While some senators would like to preserve every Democratic vote, since they are just shy of a filibuster-proof majority, they also know there is more than one way to get to sixty.


Posted On: 11-15-2008 13:57:42 by Jim Splaine
I still have a special place in my heart and my mind for Joe Lieberman. He was one of the very first public officials to come out in favor of equality for gays and lesbians, at a time when it was far from a cool thing to do even on the East Coast. He's done some strange and weird things of late, but, well -- I still have tremendous respect and appreciation for him.

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