The Democrats are voting by secret ballot on Tuesday on whether to keep Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Lieberman spoke at the Republican National Convention on John McCain's behalf; consistently undercut Barack Obama, as shown in the video above; supports Republican Senator Norm Coleman in his contest against Democratic contender Al Franken, and has backed the war in Iraq.
For these reasons, Senators Pat Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have called for the chairmanship to be taken away. Sanders said, "To reward Sen. Lieberman with a major committee chairmanship would be a slap in the face of millions of Americans who worked tirelessly for Barack Obama and who want to see real change in our country. Appointing someone to a major post who led the opposition to everything we are fighting for is not 'change we can believe in.' "
Exactly what do wavering Democrats think they will gain with Lieberman? Besides campaigning for Republicans, he has also lurched to the right on both foreign and domestic issues. To read the details in "Joe Lieberman: The Progressive Who Lost His Way" by Think Progress, click here.
The report quotes Lieberman as complaining that progressive bloggers have added "vituperation toxicity" to politics. On this issue, I'm glad to add my share.