Whither Joe?

04/11/2008 12:02 am 00:02:28 | Updated May 25, 2011

For all the talk of a Democratic senate surge that would carry them to a filibuster-proof majority, the more plausible scenario is an election that leaves them short but with a relatively comfortable majority. And it will raise the question: What about Joe Lieberman?

Currently Democrats hold 49 seats, but they control the chamber because independents Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont caucus with them. But s my colleague at US News & World Report John Mashek writes, Lieberman's Democratic connection is ... tenuous, culminating with his support for the presumptive GOP nominee. But since he's their key to majority status, they tolerate his behavior.

So what if the Dems pick up, say, five more seats? Mashek:

If the Democrats add to their majority in the Senate in November, as widely predicted, they should invite Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, to step across the aisle. He should be far more comfortable on the Republican side.

Might not be a bad idea.