Why Lieberman Shouldn't Chair Homeland Security
by Josh Orton, Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 10:43:26 AM EST
In response to calls for Lieberman to lose his position as chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, some express skepticism: Evan Bayh, for example, mischaracterizes the pressure as "retribution."
But it's not.
Joe Lieberman is entitled to disagree with other Democratic Senators on whatever issue he wants. And it's legitimate for him to express his opinions - whatever they may be - through his votes as a Senator.
But Lieberman went way beyond voting against his party - he specifically undercut Barack Obama and others on the very issue Republicans have consistently used since 9/11 to slime Democrats: national security.
Lieberman defended Norm Coleman when Al Franken raised the issue of Iraq War investigations (in a Senate race, it's worth mentioning, that's in a tight recount).
He repeated the smear that Obama voted to "cut off funding for our troops on the ground."
And at the GOP convention, Lieberman lied about Obama's Senate record.
So Lieberman's entitled to his policy differences - but it's absolutely unacceptable for Joe to maintain oversight of a powerful committee with jurisdiction over the subject he used to attack Democrats. It just doesn't make sense.