Some interesting analysis from Time:

Lieberman easily won the vote on Tuesday allowing him to keep his chairmanships, but he might not have been so fortunate without the implicit backing of President-elect Barack Obama, the same man Lieberman said so many nasty things about during the race for the White House. Yet Obama wasn’t just acting out of bipartisan good will. In supporting Lieberman’s continued inclusion in the Democratic caucus, he may have effectively defanged his toughest potential opponent in the Senate Democratic caucus. If Lieberman is anything, as he proved with John McCain, he’s loyal – and now he owes Obama a big one. His job over the next few years, for the first time in his long political career, is to keep quiet.

The move is especially savvy because Obama – and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – know that in order to achieve virtually anything on the Democrats’ long list of ambitious legislation they will need every vote they can possibly get in the Senate. Obama’s biggest challenge in both chambers of Congress will be keeping the varying factions of his own party together, especially more liberal members and the more conservative so-called Blue Dog Democrats. To that end Lieberman can be an asset, especially in helping to convince his fellow moderate members in the so-called Gang of 14, including some Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. “We need every person that we can in Congress working constructively to move forward with the new agenda for our country,” says Senator Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat. “Look, we’re the majority party, we have the responsibility to act, and we’ve got to bring in the broadest possible coalition in order to get that done, and Senator Lieberman can be a very valuable member of our team.”

Howard Dean also had some interesting words to say about how a lot of us want revenge against Lieberman for his actions, but that acting out of revenge is no way to lead (see: Iraq War). These perspectives have certainly caused me to think more carefully about my kneejerk emotional responses and try to see things from a wider perspective.

I still hate Joe Lieberman, but I’ll take his vote to get a sane energy policy in place.

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