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Lieberman to Keep Homeland Security Post

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Posted on Nov 18, 2008
Joe Lieberman

After weeks of deliberation about former Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, congressional leaders from his former party came to some conclusions Tuesday about his political future. Lieberman will retain his position as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee but won’t be keeping his subcommittee post on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The New York Times:

And in the way of an apology, he said: “Some of the statements, some of the things that people have said I said about Senator Obama, are simply not true. There are other statements that I made that I wish I had made more clearly, and there are some that I made that I wish I had not made at all. And obviously in the heat of campaigns, that happens to all of us, but I regret that and now it’s time to move on.”

While the resolution adopted by the Democratic caucus called for “a spirit of reconciliation” and deplored the “extreme partisan environment” created, in Democrats’ eyes, by President Bush, the debate was driven by a blend of personal feelings and political calculation.

Democrats have had a 51-to-49 advantage in the Senate because Mr. Lieberman and another independent, Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont, caucus with them. But Democrats picked up at least six seats in the elections, with three contests are still undecided. If the Democrats triumph in all three, they will have the 60-to-40 majority needed to defeat debate-stalling filibusters — provided that Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Sanders continue to caucus with them.

“I think we did what was appropriate,” Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts said.

Before the meeting, Mr. Lieberman said he was optimistic. “I’m going into a roomful of friends,” he told The Associated Press.

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By Jim Yell, November 19, 2008 at 8:00 am Link to this comment
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We must hope that President Obama knows what he is doing by not pushing for Lieberman’s removal. If we can’t have Bush and Cheney’s heads on a platter, we might have at lest expected Lieberman’s removal from the party he betrayed.

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By Louise, November 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment

I just had a thought!

“Just do away with this redundant, wasteful, hysteria created department that serves merely to expand the powers of the Executive.”

Maybe that’s the plan Reubenesque.

Homeland Security has done little but cost a bundle, provide job security for muscle headed losers, endless opportunity for privateers and a career future for incompetents! So maybe, just maybe HS is the soon to be irrelevant department and a perfect fit for the totally irrelevant Joe the Redcoat.

Picture it. The border walls will come tumbling down. The tourists will return. The Black-boots will go home and re-acquaint themselves with their wives and kids. The little tanks with the little helmeted heads poking up like a pimple on a tit will be retired and cops will go back to walking the beat. Color coding will go back to describing a wardrobe, and FEMA will become useful again. And once again we’ll use the huge Russian built water planes from Canada to put out our wild-fires.

And a lot of government employees will re-discover and understand where they belong and what their job is. They might even know who their boss is!

Actually, given HSD’s laughable but tragic short history ... a department that makes absolutely no sense unless you can make sense of the nonsensical ... it’s the perfect fit for Lieberman.

But the Environment and Public Works Committee? That’s a horse of a different color. We want someone who is true blue chairing that oversight and leading that subcommittee. After all, were talking bridges and roads and poisoned water and waste. Joe’s way out of his element working in a department that will aim at cleaning up instead of spreading toxic waste, and building up instead of tearing down. 

And the Department of Governmental Affairs? Well I suspect that might become an important and separate entity. One run by someone in the Administration, or the Department of Justice since we have tons of irregularities and complaints to deal with, as we cautiously step into the realm of fair and honest reform. Joe wont be removed from that. That will be removed from Joe.

And Chertoff?

He has my permission to move to Israel. smile

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By dihey, November 18, 2008 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

Why are so many people surprised by what the Democratic Party and Obama are doing? This was 100% predictable. Even my cat could have told you.

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By Reubenesque, November 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

Sure, let Joe keep his Homeland Security Chair.  Just do away with this redundant, wasteful, hysteria created department that serves merely to expand the powers of the Executive.  It was only a step toward the police/church state the Bush Adm. and repugs had wanted for so long anyway.

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By Louise, November 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

Oh welcome back Senator Mumble-Bumble.

I never could figure out how this guy made it onto the Gore ticket. Like putting Albert Einstein and Lou Costello together to explain the meaning of relativity. Only Costello was funny! Tying together loose ends and end runs. Hypothesizing about spit-wads. Come to think of it they probably would have worked quite well together. They both had great capacity for humor, and we loved them both.

But there is nothing funny about Joe.

I am quite sure the entire time Al and Joe campaigned together, Joe never understood a thing Al said. I suspect that might be why he fell in love with McCain. Like minds are drawn to each other. Two charming fellows explaining nonsense to each other. Which brings me to my next observation. Joe is riding the tide of failed expectations.

Seems to be his calling in life.

Unless and until the dems manage to get that magic sixty in the Senate, his position as chief groveler is assured. But if a miracle happens and he becomes even more irrelevant, by-by Joe.

And speaking of by-by ... seems his constituency back home are as disgusted with him as me. Recent polls indicate he has little chance of being re-elected, no matter what kind of jack-ass he calls himself.

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By jobart, November 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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By, November 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

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By Irish Dog, November 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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This is pathetic that a neocon foreign policy guy gets to keep this chairmanship contrary to the will of the people expressed in the recent election tidal wave of change.

I am disgusted by this.

This is change we can believe in?

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By Pod, November 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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Same Wimpocrats, different day.

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By 123456, November 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

“Change we can believe in.”

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By Folktruther, November 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

Obama supported Lieberman to retain his chaimanship of Homeland Security just as he suppported him in the election in Connecticut against the progressive Dem. His deliberate policy is catering to the right while opposing progressives and progressive poliices.

The sooner progressives understand this, the sooner they can muster support opposing his Zionist and Bushite policies.  He is consolidating the political counterrevoltuion of Bush.

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By Dag Andersson, November 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

Again an excellent Example how Political expediency supersede what everybody in US feel is just and right. Much the same way BushCo will be able to leave the Crime scene unimpeaced.
  Message to the American people:  There are no such thing as treason or abuse of power in Washington, only subservience to AIPAC, Bigotry and Power Games

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By Alejandro, November 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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This is just one more reason so many Americans are disillusioned and prefer to tune out. Lieberman and the rest of the Senate Dems. have just sent a message of “Ha Ha” screw you and your mandate of change to the American people. Harry Reid and the whole damn bunch of them make me sick. Send um all to hell is what I say. Encluding their of-spring. How can we the people of the United States trust in our government when the Leadership are so morally corrupt that any mandate is rendered moot by the club of thieves they all belong to. All they do is play musical chairs with us. I am f—king pissed.

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By skulz fontaine, November 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

Just goes to prove the adage, “it ain’t what you know, it’s who you blow!” So much for ‘change we can believe in’. What a business-as-usual crock. Word has it the Obamans won’t even go after the Bushco war criminals. Yup, sounds about same old. So, the phrase isn’t “yes we can!” Nope. The catch phrase is “no we won’t!”
Obama hasn’t even ‘hit the ground running’ and already his “team” is craven. Abysmally vapid? The Democrat dummies just don’t get it.

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By jobart, November 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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In a few words….I’m totally disgusted with American politics and the underlying deceit that permeates the liberties and constitutional rights that we “were” created with. Shame on you, Obama, and shame on your sellout. You might be black in skin color, but you’re still “just another” of “them”.  Barack…go eff yourself.  You’re another lying S.O.B., albeit with a very nice family.  You suck !!!! Big time.
BTW - I’m a CT. resident that “hates” everything that this Israeli represents.  Hello, AIPAC. You “bribed” another one.  What through $ persuation or outright blackmail?  I’m really looking forward to your come-up-ance. The Palestinians might not have the ability but…they other guys do.  What’s the religious expression again?  Oh yeah.  Yee reap what yee sow.  Your destiny is self destruction, based entirely on your actions.

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By troublesum, November 18, 2008 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

I heard on the radio this afternoon that Liberman is held in such conempt in Connecticut that he will never be reelected if he runs again.

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By mill, November 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

The Independent Senator from Connecticut does not deserve the chairmanship he kept - both because he’s been wrong about how to ensure national security, and because he actively opposed the majority party in the last election.

Either reason would have been enough for Republicans to hang him out to dry ... if they controlled things.  It’s not bipartisanship of a wise sort that rewards enemies with important jobs - it’s just stupid on the part of Senate Democrats.

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