Senator Byron Dorgan from North Dakota pretty much came out against Lieberman keeping his chairmanship of Homeland Security this morning on Fox News Sunday:
"As a chairman of one of our significant committees in the Senate, not just going off and supporting a presidential candidate of the other side but also criticizing the candidate on our side, and also involving himself in a couple of senate races on the other side. The question is, is that acceptable? The answer is no."More and more senators are expressing their displeasure at Joe Lieberman's actions over the last year, even though some of them are couching their reasons in very careful language so as not to offend their Senate colleagues. But they are basically letting the voters know how they feel.
Which is much better than what our own Sen. Chris Dodd has been saying about his "friend" Joe Lieberman. Dodd is adamant that Lieberman be allowed to keep his Homeland Security Chair, even though many local Democrats are calling for his ouster. Chris Dodd fails to understand that we elected him to make decisions based on harsh realities, not for personal reasons. Joe Lieberman did everything he possibly could to insult and disparage our President-Elect, and he tried to put a clearly dangerous ticket in power. We're suddenly supposed to forgive him?
Let me make this clear: I don't care one little bit if Joe Lieberman is Chris Dodd's "friend". In fact, I generally detest it when senators talk about what "great friends" they all are. All too often, when politicians make decisions based on personal loyalties, the people suffer for it.
Chris, if you want to pal around with Joe, by all means take him and Haddasah out to dinner at a nice restaurant sometime, your treat. Go bowling with him on weekends. Join the Elks Club together.
But please, don't put him in charge of the most powerful committee in the Senate because you're "friends". If you want a friend Chris, get a goddamned dog.
But please make your decisions based on the realities involved. How many times does Joe have to betray you and our party before you will speak against him?