And there we go. Lieberman loses his subcommittee chairmanship on climate change on the Environment and Public Works Committee. That subcommittee chairmanship was going to become mostly irrelevant anyway as climate policy moved to committees with real jurisdiction. So basically 42 Democratic Senators voted for Joe Lieberman, and Lieberman is saying that he kept his slot because of Obama.
I sort of get tired of making this point, but Democratic leaders are often not on our side, they often don't agree with us, and it's foolish to consider them as teammates. They aren't.
Asked what it would mean if Lieberman kept his chairmanship, one Senate Democratic aide said bluntly: "The left has been foiled again. They can rant and rage but they still do not put the fear into folks to actually change their votes. Their influence would be in question."
I don't think that's quite right, as a lot of this is simply persuasion and not brute force. Democratic Senators have not been persuaded to change the way they think about politics, even people like Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer, who constantly act like wankers while voting reasonably well. But yes, there is an element of telling us to fuck off, and you should get the message. And that message is from everyone who made this possible.