Ed Kilgore mentions something that hadn’t occurred to me. The junior senator from Connecticut is an Independent.
The other irony, of course, is that Democratic control of the Senate now depends on Joe Lieberman. Nobody has any reason to think he won’t do what he promised and caucus with Democrats, but there may be a little bit of uncomfortable crow-eating among those who have spent months arguing that Lieberman’s not a Democrat anymore, and should be stripped of his seniority.
For the next two years, theÂ words “What if Lieberman does a Jeffords?” should be sufficient toÂ freeze the heart of any Democrat.