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Lieberman flexes for now.

[Washington Post] Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) easily won a vote yesterday to remain chairman of a key committee and will stay in the Senate Democratic caucus despite his high-profile criticism of President-elect Barack Obama and his support of Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign.

Lieberman surrendered his position on the Environment and Public Works Committee, leaving the panel and his subcommittee chairmanship. But he will remain chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and head of the Armed Services subcommittee that oversees air and land power issues.

“This was done in a spirit of reconciliation,” Lieberman told reporters after the meeting.

Reconciliation, my arse. Ironic, isn’t it? Should the Democrats get to 59 seats Joe Lieberman will become the most powerful member of the Senate. But, at 60 seats Joe Lieberman will become the least powerful member of the Senate.