(CNN) — An aide to Sen. Joe Lieberman tells CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Lieberman he wanted him to give up his position as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and instead take the helm of a lower profile full committee.
A Senate Democratic source familiar with the meeting confirms that account and tells CNN that one of options Reid gave Lieberman in a private meeting Thursday is Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
But the aide to Lieberman says the Connecticut senator made clear that was “not acceptable” to him, and reminded Reid that he was one of the Senators who wrote the legislation creating the Homeland Security Department, and that’s where he wants to stay.
Hello? Lieberman? You left the Democratic party, and not only bashed Obama but spoke for McCain during the Republican convention. What the (@#*&#@ did you expect is going to happen?
Honestly, there are Democrats (of which I'm not one) that believe that he should be stripped of all of his positions in the party he abandoned and kicked to the curb. Personally, I think that is short-sighted and that every vote the Democrats can count on in the Senate matter, so the guy shouldn't be driven into the Republican party... but I understand why the rank and file want to light torches and wave pitchforks on the way to Lieberman's house. (Just like how Republicans howled for Jim Jefford's blood when he became an independant and started caucusing with the Democrats in 2002.)