Senator Joe Lieberman appears increasingly likely to hold onto his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite supporting Sen. John McCain.
Lieberman will meet Tuesday with Democratic colleagues unhappy over his vocal support for Republican nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign. After the meeting, caucus members will vote on Lieberman's future by secret ballot.
Now, according to several Democratic aides, it appears that Lieberman will receive a lesser sanction, such as losing a subcommittee chairmanship on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Anger toward Lieberman seems to have softened since Election Day and there's strengthening sentiment that taking away his chairmanship might drive him from the Democratic caucus. Some feel that would send the wrong signal as President-elect Barack Obama takes office on a pledge to unite the country.