Democrats everywhere, even in the Senate, are still furious with Joe Lieberman for campaigning against Barack Obama. So pushing to allow him to stay in the Democratic caucus, and continue as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, was a savvy political move on Obama's part, Time reports: Lieberman will owe the new president big time, and there'll be plenty of opportunities for Obama to collect.
Obama’s sweeping policy agenda will likely run into strong opposition from the Republican minority in the Senate, and Lieberman's support in those battles could be crucial. While Obama is busy trying to keep the liberal wing of his party in the tent, Lieberman can help with moderates in the Gang of 14, the bipartisan group that came together in 2005. “He will remember and help those who helped him at a critical time in the future,” one analyst says.