Joe Lieberman is the Democratic equivalent of John McCain - a generally left-leaning maverick who is more interested in the policy than the politics. And like John McCain, Lieberman's willingness to break from the party faithful to stand for principles he believes in has angered more than a few Senate Democrats.
Today, the Associated Press reported that Lieberman's high profile criticism of Barack Obama during the Republican National Convention and subsequent endorsement of John McCain has resulted in Lieberman losing his position as head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
In 2006, Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination in Connecticut to a challenger upset with, among other things, his support of the Iraq war. Lieberman ran as an independent, won, and joined the Democratic caucus. At that point, the Democrats had only a 51-49 majority in the Senate, so they tolerated him. Now, however, with a solid lead in place, there is unrest in the party. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that Lieberman may be removed. If he goes, Republicans have indicated that they would welcome him into their caucus.
Go, Joe, go.