Lieberman's future

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Steve Benen writes at Washington Monthly about Democrats' desire to strip Senator Joe Lieberman (SOB-CT) of his power as chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Benen notes that this isn't to avenge Lieberman's support of McCain, but "is actually about a specific power Lieberman is intent on keeping for a specific reason:"

This seems to be routinely overlooked, but take a moment to consider what the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs actually does: it's the committee principally responsible for oversight of the executive branch. It's an accountability committee, charged with investigating the conduct of the White House and the president's administration.

As chairman of this committee for the last two years, Lieberman decided not to pursue any accusations of wrongdoing against the Bush administration. Lieberman's House counterpart -- Rep. Henry Waxman's Oversight Committee -- was a vigilant watchdog, holding hearings, issuing subpoenas, and launching multiple investigations. Lieberman preferred to let his committee do no real work at all. It was arguably the most pathetic display of this Congress. [italics in original; bold added]

Lieberman protected the Busheviks for too long, and he deserves to lose his place on this committee. If he decides to caucus with the Republicans as a result, the Dems shouldn't shed any tears over it--that move is long overdue.

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