Matt Bai on Lieberman imbroglio

11/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday, Senate Democrats chose not to penalize Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman for his brazen campaigning for Republican John McCain this year.

Democrats voted 42-13 to allow Lieberman to retain his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee.

Although the vote was secret, the Senate’s other Independent member, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, told CNN he was one of the 13 who voted against Lieberman. Sanders has said that while millions of people worked hard for Obama, Lieberman actively worked for four more years of President Bush's policies.

The move also has alienated many liberal bloggers, who have never been shy with their opinions.

Matt Bai is a reporter for the New York Times. He wrote a book last year regarding the divisions between the younger, netroots Democrats and the party establishment. He told WMNF today he sees both sides of this argument.

We’ll hear from him tomorrow on a somewhat controversial piece he wrote in the Magazine this past week; it gives some credit to Barack Obama’s victory to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. Bai says that that particular view is not really felt in Democratic party circles in Washington.

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