The Huffington Post reports that both President-elect Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are working behind the scenes to rescue Joltin' Joe Lieberman from being stripped of his chairmanships, shaved of his lordly mane and deprived of the use of the word "Joementum".
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants Lieberman to be punished, since he broke a promise and waged a negative campaign against Obama.
Lieberman has made the situation a little tense: He "insisted that he will split from the Democrats if his homeland security position is stripped."
Obviously, becoming a Republican would almost certainly be a great career move for Lieberman, since he'd lose seniority, be in the minority and find himself surrounded by people who disagree with him 75% of the time.
On the other hand, it may be handy for Democrats to have a sanctimonious prick around the caucus. Should you have any future sex scandals, or you just want to encourage diversity by keeping a token Republican on your team. Plus it's a neat way to draw fire from the party's progressive wing away from Obama.
Bill Clinton is reportedly "making calls on Sen. Lieberman's behalf," but the Clinton camp has denied it.
It's not surprising that Bubba and Barack have bound common cause: Both succeeded a Bush, both are known as black presidents, and both were instrumental in derailing Hillary's presidential ambitions.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, Joe Lieberman, Senate