One of the key players in fighting to strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship is Dick Durbin, and Obama has just convinced him to let Lieberman keep his gavel. Here's Howard Fineman:
But I`m now told after having gone through a horrible week or so, where he was mourning the death of his 40-year-old daughter to congenital heart disease, he`s come out of that and looked around and, also, heard what Barack Obama has had to say, and Durbin is now saying he`s willing to give Lieberman a chance.
I think that`s going to go to a vote next week but I bet that Lieberman gets to keep his committee chairmanship because Obama has signaled that he wants him to.
It looks like Lieberman will be chair of the Homeland Security Committee and have subpoena power. I had hoped the Senate would make its decision without pressure from the President-elect, since a supine Congressional delegation is a huge problem even when it's a Democrat in the White House. But that is not to be, and our new President-elect has used political capital to help a very neoconservative Joe Lieberman remain both within the Democratic caucus and the chair of an important committee on national security.
It's worth noting that Reid was on the side of Democratic primary voters but that most Democrats in the Senate and President-elect Obama were not. It's a choice, they made it, I hope the price they extracted from Lieberman was worth it.