Obama & Lieberman
by InigoMontoya, Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 09:41:11 AM EST
Very short and not profound, but: with Obama resigning his Senate seat as of today, it occurs to me that aside from recusing himself from all the lame-duck deliberations about the economy, he is also stepping away from casting a vote for or against Joe Lieberman retaining his committee chair.
Probably appropriate, since Obama is no longer just a Senator.
But in a subtle way, it allows him to wash his hands of Lieberman. "Hey, it's whatever you guys decide, I'm not a part of that."
I've also been mulling over whether the secret ballot helps or harms Lieberman: are there more Senators who will vote to keep him knowing they can't be held accountable or are there more who, relieved of the burden of having to deal with a bitter Lieberman if they vote against him and he wins, will cheerfully vote to strip him of his committee.
My answer: I don't know. I hate not being omniscient.