Now the chess match begins. I thought all along this was an option if the Senate was iffy -- give the job to Joe (who won't say no to Bush) and then our Republican governor, Jodi Rell, gets to name Joe's replacement -- and I guarantee it won't be Alan Schlesinger (if only!)
Right now, Tester declared victory in MT, and at a noon press conference, Joe said he talked with Harry Reid about his chairmanship in the new Senate. Currently, it is 49 R, 48 D 1 undecided (VA) and 2 "independents". We know Bernie Saunders will caucus with Democrats, which makes it 49, 49, 1 and 1. If Joe goes D, Webb or Allen will be the deciding vote. But, who wants to wait that long (recount probably through Christmas -- all the 2000 election lawyers are already jetting in).
So, if Joe goes to Defense, and Rell puts in someone like, oh, maybe Nancy Johnson (who got creamed last night after 12 terms) that brings it to R 50, D 49 and Virgina. It gives Cheney the tie-breaking vote and even if Webb wins....
Talking heads are already talking about Lieberman as a leading candidate....stay tuned.