Lieberman's Antics Do Not Go Unnoticed by the Democratic Establishment
About a month ago, Joe Lieberman explained that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s open to delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in September. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If Sen. McCain, who I support so strongly, asked me to do it, if he thinks it will help him, I will,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lieberman told The Hill. (His remarks came just days after Lieberman praised Rush Limbaugh for his Ã¢â‚¬Å“love for our country and support for our troops,Ã¢â‚¬Â adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rush has a big voice but he has heart that is even bigger.Ã¢â‚¬Â)
At the time, the Democratic Senate leadership didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem prepared to do anything about LiebermanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s antics. Asked whether LiebermanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chairmanship was at risk in the next Congress, Majority Leader Harry Reid said succinctly, Ã¢â‚¬Å“No.Ã¢â‚¬Â Majority Whip Dick Durbin added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have one difference of opinion, maybe two with Sen. Lieberman. As a whip, I can tell you time and again, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been there when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve needed him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Democratic discontent, however, seems to be on the rise.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) could be stripped of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee after the next election, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said.
Speaking to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann on Friday, Reid suggested the former Democrat, who lost to a left-wing primary challenger in 2006 and has now endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the presidency, is not guaranteed to keep his prestigious chairmanship.
Olbermann asked Reid if there was Ã¢â‚¬Å“anything that he could do that would make you move to take his leadership position away on Homeland Security.Ã¢â‚¬Â The majority leader responded: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes, of course,Ã¢â‚¬Â but did not elaborate.Earlier on Friday, Reid added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done [campaigning for McCain], and I told him that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A Lieberman aide told The Hill, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sen. Reid has made it clear that the chairmanship is absolutely not in jeopardy.Ã¢â‚¬Â A month ago, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say that sounded right. Now, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure.