12.18.2009

Franken to Lieberman: STFU

While it turns out that Franken was just following Harry Reid's order -- keeping every Senator to their allotted time in order to keep things moving during the health care debate, it was nonetheless pleasing to see holy Joe Lieberman be told -- in essence -- to shut the fuck up and sit down by Al Franken.

The sad part though was watching Joe's boyfriend, John McCain, loose it while coming to Lieberman's defense.

Via Think Progress:

This afternoon, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) spoke for 10 minutes on the Senate floor about a health care amendment he is co-sponsoring. After his 10 minutes expired, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) — the president chair of the Senate at the time — informed Lieberman his time was up. When Lieberman requested “just an additional moment,” Franken retorted, “In my capacity as Senator from Minnesota, I object.” “Really??” a surprised Lieberman said, “don’t take it personally.” Lieberman’s friend, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), flipped out, erupting in anger at Franken’s move:



UPDATE: A Senate staffer tells ThinkProgress that the reason Franken cut off Lieberman is because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office has been asking all presiding chairs to enforce the 10-minute rule for both sides. Franken was simply following the direction of leadership.

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