I suspect we’re about to face an interesting political dilemma in Connecticut.
Right now, the Democrats control both branches of Congress. The majority in the Senate is razor thin. Democrats control by two, but only if you include Senate independents, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Though he ran against, and beat, the endorsed Democratic candidate in the last election, Lieberman enjoys the benefits of the Democratic majority. From his own website:
That last sentence was written before Senator Lieberman endorsed Republican Senator John McCain’s Republican bid for president. That followed two years where Lieberman sided with the president (and against the Democrats) on many issues, including Iraq and National intelligence.
So, what happens if the Democrats sweep the House, Senate and elect a president? It’s certainly not out of the question. I think the loser is Lieberman and by proxy, Connecticut.
Why would the Democrats keep Lieberman in a position of power while their own loyal members wait? I don’t think they will.
- Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
- Member of the Armed Services Committee
- Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee
- Member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
This is really all academic. Whatever happens will play out behind closed doors and without consulting the people of Connecticut. We’ll only feel its effect in Lieberman’s reduced power… though it’s tough to quantify that power right now.
This is one of those unintended consequences no one anticipates.