Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Quick Cave-In

The first of many what will surely prove to be many craven pre-shots-fired surrenders, Democrats have used their increased majority in the Senate to allow Joe Lieberman to retain his committee chairmanships, including that of the Homeland Security Committee:

Democrats didn't want to drive him from the Democratic caucus by taking away his chairmanship and send the wrong signals as Obama takes office on a pledge to unite the country. Lieberman had indicated it would be unacceptable for him to lose his chairmanship.
Exactly how would this scary "unacceptable" have manifested itself? I'm interested in what it would have meant for Lieberman to have been "driven from" the Democrats. Would he have changed his votes on some public policy question or another? If so, is this the kind of guy you want to keep around -- a Senator whose stands on public policy are up for barter?

Elections have consequences?

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