- "Vote on Lieberman's position in the new Congress."
- "Secret ballot."
This is how we're going to get screwed:
The Democratic Senate Steering and Outreach Committee will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to strip Joe Lieberman of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee. They will cast their votes by a secret ballot, and the majority will decide on this issue.
To date, the only senator on the Steering Committee to speak publicly in support of removing Lieberman is Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been making conciliatory statements in regards to Joe Lieberman.
This seems to be trending towards a typically cowardly Democratic capitulation, which is something I'd hoped we were done with now that our party is undeniably in full control. Apparently not.
The secret ballot is what pisses me off the most. If a majority of the Steering Committee Democrats choose to act in this outrageous way, we won't even know WHO to blame for it! It's this lack of accountability that annoys me. I always thought it would be different when the Democrats were in charge, but no; not if they vote in secret to forgive Lieberman for his many, many betrayals.
There's always an outside chance that the Steering Committee will act appropriately, in both punishing Lieberman for his actions, and sending a message that this kind of betrayal will not be tolerated by the party.
It could happen. But if I was betting on it, I'd want 3-1 odds in my favor. The risk is too big to go even money on this thing.
The sad reality facing us is that we'll likely still have Joe Lieberman to kick around for quite some time. As much fun as it would be, I worry about the damage that he'll continue to get away with should he remain.