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Democrats Vote to Let Joe Liberman Keep Homeland Security Chairmanship

Democrats Keep Former Enemy Lieberman Close

Joe Lieberman used up another one of his political lives, after Senate Democrats voted today to let him keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. The 2004 Democratic VP nominee, turned defeated primary candidate, turned independent senator delivered some hard punches against Barack Obama during the presidential campaign, on behalf of his Republican friend John McCain.

Instead of truly punishing Lieberman by stripping him of the crucial post, the Democratic caucus, including newly elected senators, voted to remove him from chair of the less-important Environmental Public Works Committee, a symbolic gesture.

The 42-13 vote for Lieberman today proved that independence from the party won't cost you power. Do you think the decision to keep Lieberman in power was a signal of a postpartisan era to come, or a rejection of the American people who voted for change?


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