Lieberman Bids Environment Committee Farewell

| 11/19/2008 10:37:50 AM

Joe Lieberman_smallThe Democrats decided Sen. Joe Lieberman’s fate Tuesday, granting him what was widely viewed as a political pardon, or “punishment via feather duster,” as the Wall Street Journal put it, for his vigorous support of John McCain’s presidential bid. But Politico’s Glenn Thrush points out an important curiosity about Lieberman's slap on the wrist:

Some Democrats have sniped at Joe Lieberman for not grilling the Bush administration hard enough as head of the homeland security committee.

He gets to keep this job.

Democrats have (mostly) offered praise for his position on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has criticized the Bush administration’s global warming policies.

He loses that job.

The Guardian opines that “Lieberman’s loss of the environmental panel spot effectively removes him from the front lines of the climate change debate,” even though he pushed congressional action to combat global warming before it was politically profitable. Lieberman introduced the Senate’s first climate bill in 2003 with McCain, which proposed a cap and trade system and was voted down. Most recently, he co-sponsored the Climate Security Act with Virginia Sen. John Warner, which was also defeated.

Cally Carswell
11/20/2008 12:07:36 PM

Another big Democratic shake-up on an important environment committee: California Rep. Henry Waxman, who is well liked by environmentalists, unseats long-serving Michigan Rep. John Dingell to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. Jonathan Martin says, "At a substantive level, this news will have just as much impact than the assorted cabinet appointments leaking out."

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