One reason some Democrats are saying they want to keep Lieberman happily among their ranks is his work on climate and energy issues. He cosponsored last year's Climate Security Act with Sen. John Warner (R-Vir.), as well as the Climate Stewardship Act with McCain in 2003, 2005, and 2007, and some are hoping he'll continue to play a key role on these efforts.
Said Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.):
And I think if Joe came before the caucus and said look, if I said some things that came as offensive, I'm sorry, but they were, you know heartfelt in my support of John McCain. I think we had to just let bygones be bygones. We're going to need him on healthcare and energy independence and education and a whole lot of other things.