DEMAND THE STEERING COMMITTEE REMOVE JOE LIEBERMAN'S POSITION WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
"We CANNOT tolerate a leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus who supports George Bush and McCain's War in Iraq. We CANNOT tolerate a Democratic chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee who endorses and stumps for McCain. We call on the Senate Democratic Steering Committee to strip Joe Lieberman of his chairmanship and his leadership role."
* What is the Senate Democratic Steering Committee?
This group plays a pivotal role in assigning Democratic Senators leadership positions on various committees, thereby giving them more power and a higher profile within the Democratic Caucus. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ultimately has the final say, it is up to the Steering Committee to make recommendations to Sen. Reid shortly after the election. They are the ones who decide whether Sen. Joe Lieberman should remain chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
* Who's on the Steering Committee?
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI) Chair, Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Sen. John Kerry (MA), Sen. Daniel Inouye (HI), Sen. Robert Byrd (WV), Sen. Edward Kennedy (MA), Sen. Joe Biden (DE), Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), Sen. Christopher Dodd (CT), Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), Sen. Max Baucus (MT), Sen. Richard Durbin (IL), Sen. Kent Conrad (ND), Sen. Carl Levin (MI), Sen. Herbert Kohl (WI), Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), and Sen. Mark Pryor (AR).
[From Robert Greenwald]
Joe Lieberman is a war hawk, plain and simple. He staunchly supports George Bush's War in Iraq and John McCain's plan to stay in Iraq for 100 years. But Lieberman's new alliance with the Republican Party runs even deeper. He has endorsed and stumped for McCain, wants to be the star of the Republican National Convention, and has even served on a 527 group that smeared Barack Obama with a nasty attack ad.
And yet Lieberman still holds a top rank within the Senate Democratic Caucus as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate Democratic Steering Committee needs to know just how much of a conflict of interest this is. That's why we created Lieberman Must Go.
Here's what you can do: Sign our petition today and tell the Senate Democratic Steering Committee to strip Lieberman of his leadership role in Congress. Then, e-mail this video to everyone you know and spread it on sites like Digg and elsewhere.
Recently in Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall suggested that the best way to limit Lieberman is by encouraging the Steering Committee to render him powerless in 2009. Lieberman must go, and you can make that happen by donating to Brave New Films today.
Robert Greenwald and the Brave New Team