Obama, Lieberman, and Reid

President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.

Obama’s decision could tie the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been negotiating to remove Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security and Government Reform committee while keeping him within the caucus. Lieberman has insisted that he will split from the Democrats if his homeland security position is stripped.

Aides to the president-elect did not return requests for comment. Senate officials were unclear whether Obama would be comfortable with Lieberman maintaining his current committee post.

Read the HuffPo piece here.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 11/11/2008 - 12:34 pm.

    Reid spoke yesterday of giving Lieberman the chairmanship of the Veterans Affairs Committee instead of Homeland Security.

    Excellent solution. Lieberman is as one with the pre-emptive war backers AND the Israel-can-do-no-wrong-no-matter-what Zionist faction that is preventing real peace in the Middle East. Only a two-state solution that provides justice to the Palestinians whose lands have been taken from them by force will also provide a lasting peace.

    I hope Obama will become acquainted with both Jimmy Carter and http://www.jstreet.org, a new pro-Israel/pro-peace think tank and lobby that seeks to at least partially negate the AIPAC message that has held sway for decades.

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