A comment over on The Fix at the Washington Post:
As chairman of the Homeland Security AND Governmental Affairs committees, it was Senator Lieberman's duty to direct his committees in conducting oversight of the Bush Administration and investigation of their incredibly numerous violations of the law.
Instead, Lieberman blocked ANY oversight or investigation. He protected Bush and the Republicans to the utmost of his ability.
Does anyone honestly think that he WON'T launch investigation after investigation of the Obama Administration, though? He'll be tearing them apart from day one.
While the Homeland Security chairmanship is the "flashiest" position, it's the Governmental Affairs chairmanship that gives Lieberman the most power when it comes to enabling a criminal Republican Administration or crippling a Democratic one. And that's exactly what he's going to do...with the willing capitulation of the old-boy network of Senate Democrats and
They've proved once and for all that they can't even be an effective opposition party when they're in the clear MAJORITY. It must be something like the Stockholm Syndrome; they really have come to believe the Republican line that Democrats ARE evil, and immoral, and that all Democratic positions are wrong.
That's the only thing that would explain the past eight years. And it's the only imaginable reason why the Democrats willfully insist on capitulating to the Republicans and are even giving them MORE than they asked for, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of their constituents want them to actually show some backbone.
The Democratic leadership in Congress seems determined to do everything in their power to destroy the Democratic Party. Historians of the future are going to have a field day with this era! Assuming that our species survives all of this stupidity, of course.