Joe Lieberman does something right:

Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman has twice in recent days said “no” when approached about the possibility of a major job in the second Bush administration, CNN has learned. The Cabinet vacancy at the Department of Homeland Security was the subject of the latest overture, according to congressional and other government sources. Those sources said the earlier overture was to see whether Lieberman might be interested in becoming the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. White House officials declined comment, saying they do not discuss personnel matters.

This denies the Bush administration the fig leaf (masquerading as an olive branch) of ostensible bipartisanship a Lieberman nomination would have represented, and keeps the Democrats at four more in the Senate than we need to sustain a filibuster. If Lieberman really wants to put aside appeasment of the Bush administration, he should spend the next two years as a visible spokesman slamming them on their failure to make the sacrifices necessary at home to keep Americans safer. And then he should step aside and let Dick Blumenthal take his seat.


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