Just Your Average Joe "The Senator"
Sen. Joe Liberman (I-CT) was one of the most outspoken critics of Obama on the campaign trail. Liberman blasted Obama at the Republican National Convention and raised questions about Obama's ties to Hamas and Bill Ayers. Lieberman accused Obama of putting, "Party before Country." Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter says that Obama doesn't "hold any grudges" against Liberman. Paul Kane reports in the WaPo that Obama wants Lieberman in the Democratic caucus, but hasn't articulated what that means in terms of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee.
Lieberman is getting support from fellow Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D), who emphasized to the Hartford Courant on Friday that Liberman "votes with Democrats 90% of the time." Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) has also provided comfort and aide to renegade Joe telling Sean Hannity that, "reconciliation is in order, not revenge or retribution."
Folks at firedoglake have a post that says Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) would like to strip Lieberman of his post.
And today, Brave New Films has released a new film to press the case against Lieberman.
(h/t: Think Progress)
This seems to be less about reaching out to critics and more about avoiding a distracting and messy battle. Lieberman isn't the guy to reach out to as a way to show bi-partisanship, but sacking him could build on the argument advanced by GOPers that selecting Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff undercuts Obama's message of inclusiveness and change. Standing by Lieberman would anger the liberals who have gone to bat for Obama and resent Lieberman after anti-war icon Ned Lamont (D) lost in Connecticut. The former Democratic VP nominee's delicate dance continues.
-- Michael Olson
12:34 PM ET | 11-11-2008 | permalink