by Josh Orton, Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:21:13 AM EST
Not the best news this morning on the Lieberman front:
- On Olbermann last night, Howard Fineman said:
FINEMAN: Senator Dick Durbin is a key factor there and I think he`s moving toward allowing Lieberman to stay. Dick Durbin was somebody who was extremely angry at Lieberman for campaigning for John McCain.
But I`m now told after having gone through a horrible week or so, where he was mourning the death of his 40-year-old daughter to congenital heart disease, he`s come out of that and looked around and, also, heard what Barack Obama has had to say, and Durbin is now saying he`s willing to give Lieberman a chance.
I think that`s going to go to a vote next week but I bet that Lieberman gets to keep his committee chairmanship because Obama has signaled that he wants him to.
Absent more clarity, Democratic Senators will look to the head of their party, Obama, for direction. This isn't the branches-of-government-separation-of-pow ers issue that Glenn Greenwald sees; it's instead a party issue, plain and simple.
- Predictably, John McCain thinks Lieberman should keep his Homeland Security gavel. Thanks for the advice Senator.
We'll see what happens today...