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Infiniti2001
Nov 10th, 2006, 07:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman, who won re-election as an independent, has a message for his Senate colleagues in the next Congress: Call me a Democrat.

The three-term Connecticut lawmaker defied party leaders when he launched his independent bid after losing to Democrat Ned Lamont in the August primary. During the campaign, he vowed to be an "independent-minded Democrat" if he were re-elected. In Tuesday's election, Lieberman won strong GOP support and given the closely divided Senate, Republicans are expected to court him.

So will he count as a Democrat or an independent who caucuses with the majority Democrats? In an e-mail message late Thursday, Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein said the senator will begin his new term as a Democrat.

With the Democratic takeover of the Senate, Lieberman is in line to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

In a post-election news conference, Lieberman said he was reassured by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid that he would retain his seniority when the new Senate convenes.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/11/10/ct.senate.ap/index.html

Infiniti2001
Nov 10th, 2006, 07:21 PM
An independent-minded Democrat? His idea of "independent-minded" is , although maybe that will stop now that that is politically dangerous. But he absolutely, positively should not be head of the Homeland Security committee no matter how badly he wants it unless he swears he will do what the Democrats want and not what the Republicans want, since the Dems #2 priority is to implement the 9-11 commission suggestion and Bush absolutely doesn't want that. I hate Joe Lieberman and he needs to be caged. :o

StarDuvallGrant
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I was just about to note that "Independent" part. Hilarious.

SelesFan70
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:12 PM
An independent-minded Democrat? His idea of "independent-minded" is , although maybe that will stop now that that is politically dangerous. But he absolutely, positively should not be head of the Homeland Security committee no matter how badly he wants it unless he swears he will do what the Democrats want and not what the Republicans want, since the Dems #2 priority is to implement the 9-11 commission suggestion and Bush absolutely doesn't want that. I hate Joe Lieberman and he needs to be caged. :o


Most of the 9/11 commission's recommendations have already been implemented. :)

Mother_Marjorie
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:15 PM
The breakdown of the Senate is actually:

Democrats 49
Repubs 49
Independent 2

Its in the Dems best interest to give Joe his Chairmanship. If not, Joe could swing Repub and give Cheney the deciding vote.

Its a "win-win" for Liberman.

griffin
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:18 PM
The breakdown of the Senate is actually:

Democrats 49
Repubs 49
Independent 2

Its in the Dems best interest to give Joe his Chairmanship. If not, Joe could swing Repub and give Cheney the deciding vote.

Its a "win-win" for Liberman.

Indeed. In fact, Chairmanship or no, I'd fall over dead from shock if the GOP weren't already trying to get him to switch. They're idiots if they don't at least try.

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:26 PM
The breakdown of the Senate is actually:

Democrats 49
Repubs 49
Independent 2

Its in the Dems best interest to give Joe his Chairmanship. If not, Joe could swing Repub and give Cheney the deciding vote.

Its a "win-win" for Liberman.

The Democrats know that and will give him his Chairmanship.

I think the Democrats have found out not to kick a person until you know that person is face-first in the ground.
Lieberman got up anyway.
Lieberman is now not the person to fuck with.
Part of me hopes he gets some more revenge.
Since Hillary Clinton opted so fast to not give support to Lieberman, I think messing with her presidental run is only fair. :devil:

griffin
Nov 10th, 2006, 08:28 PM
Since Hillary Clinton opted so fast to not give support to Lieberman, I think messing with her presidental run is only fair. :devil:

Like how? Running as her VP? :lol:

kiwifan
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Like how? Running as her VP? :lol:

:spit:

:lol:

Think Lieberman is going to lean toward the winning side (as he was doing before when the GOP was in charge ;) ).

Most politicians realize that the people "have spoken" and those that are up for (re)election or even want to be credible over the next couple of elections, don't want to be assosiated with the current GOP leaders.

*JR*
Nov 10th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Like how? Running as her VP? :lol:
Gore did a perfectly "competent" job of blowing it on his own. (Speaking of blowing, had he distanced himself from Clinton right after the latter's Lewinsky confession, he wouldn't have had to pick... the only Democratic Senator who did, Joe Lieberman).

And I don't mean supporting impeachment, as there wasn't a "high crime or misdemeanor". I mean having been willing to openly condemn Clinton's indefensible behavior.

Scotso
Nov 10th, 2006, 10:18 PM
An independent-minded Democrat? His idea of "independent-minded" is , although maybe that will stop now that that is politically dangerous. But he absolutely, positively should not be head of the Homeland Security committee no matter how badly he wants it unless he swears he will do what the Democrats want and not what the Republicans want, since the Dems #2 priority is to implement the 9-11 commission suggestion and Bush absolutely doesn't want that. I hate Joe Lieberman and he needs to be caged. :o

I think Lieberman should be given whatever he wants. The Democrats turned their backs on him... he could EASILY swap parties and give the Republicans the majority. If he wants a key chairmanship, he should get it.

Scotso
Nov 10th, 2006, 10:19 PM
Oh, and I can promise you the Republicans would give him the chair of any committee he wanted if he were to flop. So I think Democrats should be nice to him, he's keeping them in the majority despite the way they're treating him.

RVD
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Joe Lieberman, who won re-election as an independent, has a message for his Senate colleagues in the next Congress: Call me a Democrat.

The three-term Connecticut lawmaker defied party leaders when he launched his independent bid after losing to Democrat Ned Lamont in the August primary. During the campaign, he vowed to be an "independent-minded Democrat" if he were re-elected. In Tuesday's election, Lieberman won strong GOP support and given the closely divided Senate, Republicans are expected to court him.

So will he count as a Democrat or an independent who caucuses with the majority Democrats? In an e-mail message late Thursday, Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein said the senator will begin his new term as a Democrat.

With the Democratic takeover of the Senate, Lieberman is in line to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

In a post-election news conference, Lieberman said he was reassured by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid that he would retain his seniority when the new Senate convenes.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/11/10/ct.senate.ap/index.htmlWhat a weasel!!
A Democrat on paper, but a Republican at heart and deed [...will be keeping a close eye on his voting record]. And of course the Democrats will fall for this elementary ploy hook line and sinker, because they pretty much have to. :shrug:
*SIGH*
Well, I wonder how many committees the Dems will allow this charlatan to head. :mad:

RVD
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:14 PM
Like how? Running as her VP? :lol::haha: That was classic! :cool:

RVD
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:21 PM
I think Lieberman should be given whatever he wants. The Democrats turned their backs on him... he could EASILY swap parties and give the Republicans the majority. If he wants a key chairmanship, he should get it.Okay, let's not go overboard here. LIEberman isn't the golden boy here. He still MUST lean towards the Democrats purely due to the people's desire to set this country on the right course. The only thing LIEberman gained, at the moment, is his senate seat. He will still have to lean [and vote] Democratically, or loose seniority.

Actually, I need to check to make sure this is accurate. :scratch:

Does anyone know whether the Democrats can strip LIEberman of his senior status if he proves himself politically unworthy? :confused:

Rtael
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:27 PM
he could EASILY swap parties and give the Republicans the majority.

Yeah, if he doesn't want to get re-elected, he sure could.

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 10th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Does anyone know whether the Democrats can strip LIEberman of his senior status if he proves himself politically unworthy? :confused:

I'm guessing they can but would they even dare?

Doing that would likely put the independent voters back in the hands of the Republicans.
They should respect that some independents who have leaned the Democrats way would like him to get his seniority back whether that means joining back with the Democrats.
He deserves it.
The Democrats did what they thought they had to do to get rid of him.
Joe Lieberman did what he thought he had to do to get back in the Senate.

Mother_Marjorie
Nov 11th, 2006, 12:17 AM
[...will be keeping a close eye on his voting record].

Dear Joe. Be afraid...be very afraid.

Scotso
Nov 11th, 2006, 02:38 AM
I don't think seniority has anything to do with a real status. It's just an idea of who has been there and earned certain status within the group.

And even if Lieberman switched parties, he'd still be reelected.