December 19th, 2009
03:04 PM ET
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Good for Sen. Al. Sen. McCain should look in the GOP mirror to see the disgraceful actions. Besides, Franklin was just doing what the Majority Leader had asked him to do.

    December 19, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. johnrj08

    By now, most people are aware that Joe Lieberman was not the only speaker who was held to his ten minute time limit for speaking that day. Furthermore, video of similar past incidents in the Senate have shown that John McCain himself has "objected" to other senators being giving additional time by unanimous consent. This makes McCain a raging hypocrite and shameless apologist for his cohort, Joe Lieberman, who single-handedly eviscerated the health care reform bill. In any case, I applaud Senator Franken for shutting up the pompous little insurance industry shill from Hartford, who was waxing poetic about how the new and totally useless bill would save everybody money. Howard Dean, who has actually read the bill, has stated several times that the Senate bill mandates that everyone purchase health insurance, but provides zero cost controls to protect policy holders. In fact, the bill allows insurance companies to charge up to 50% more if you want coverage of a pre-existing condition. This bill is a joke and it should be killed. Clearly, this Senate is incapable of passing any sweeping reform, as had been promised by President Obama throughout his campaign.

    December 19, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Mike

    Great job Al!! This special interest blow bag works harder for his campaign contributors than he does for the United States.

    December 19, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    It's about time someone had the b – – – – to tell that little twit from Aetna to shut up.

    December 19, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Sick of Sellout Democrat Losers

    What a joke. Perhaps nothing proves how low our nation has sunk than the fact that this ridiculous figure is a senator. Public education and shamefully biased press have dumbed down our nation to the point that most Americans have no idea of the degree to which we are being trampled on by our government. As Benjamin Franklins so aptly stated, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little liberty will deserve neither and lose both." Wake up, America. It may be too late.

    December 19, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Candy

    Good for you Al! Sometimes we all wish we could put a muzzle on Lieberman! You did what you were asked to do...limit all to 10 minutes!

    December 19, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Tod

    Good job Al!! Its about time someone is willing to stand up to the Republicans. Keep it up.

    December 19, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Change In America

    What the big deal Al Franken was doing what he told to do give 10 min to each senate on the floor. Al Franken doing a good job, the republican are hateful people and they dont care about nobody but theyselves.

    December 19, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. MsDp

    Well, I'm amused and I am happy for Franken's decision. McCain has done the exact same thing to a Democratic Senator when the GOP was in control. People, all of these tricks or gimmicks were created and used by the GOP aganist the DEMs during the time their party was in control. America, you should watch or record CSPAN in order to watch so you can see them in action. Watching the senators interact most of the time is like watching little kids at kindergarten play; it is quite amusing.

    December 19, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. dogmom

    well, let's see:
    ...franken followed the rules
    ...liberman thinks the world should follow the liberman rule
    ...another senator was held to his alloted time & followed the ruling
    so...........why pissed off at franken?
    it's like the cop is the bad guy when YOU get a ticket; of course you didn't deserve it, you are special

    December 19, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. paula

    Common, he was tired of listening to DroopDog's voice. I wish I could stifle that voice whenever I hear it!

    December 19, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. mary saunders

    I also believe that Sen.McCain should go home and rest, befor he puts both feet in his mouth, This man is becoming senile and it shows every time he speaks. Nite Nite John! go ice fishing & take your dear friend Joe Lieberman with you. Mary

    December 19, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. John Soister

    Oh, please. A breach of COMITY in the Senate is supposed to mobilize the outrage of the citizenry? Where was the outrage when the outraged McCain pulled the same objection to time overage himself? Haven't most of these folks droned on past the limits of human tolerance? Especially Joe Lieberman? (Then again, had he been allowed to keep on going, he might have reversed himself once again. One never knows with him, does one?) Thousands of Americans are dying each year due to lack of health coverage and the moronic element among us becomes vociferous because Joe Lieberman was asked to stop already and sit down? If it weren't for the fact that their energies are so tragically misplaced, this latest example of Republicans stirring tempests in teapots would be hysterical.

    December 19, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Robert

    Not only is it standard practice in long debates for this to occur, but it's been reported that Lieberman was not the only one denied extra time.

    So Aaron B from Minnesota, it is not a liberal tactic to ensure the opposition is not heard. That is absurd.

    And we libs have every intention of taking over your life (like that was a sane statement).

    Had this been a unique action that actually was a snub, I'd join with the others in congratulation Al for shutting up the hypocrit from Connecticut who has called repeatedly for the extending of Medicare to those 55 and above only to now come out against it – for the sole purpose of sticking it to Obama.

    December 19, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Lets send Joe to Americas,Siberia, the State of Louisiana,home to the dumbest people in the land.They love to be lied to,just ask Rush Limbaugh.hahahaha

    December 19, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. msfox2000

    Sen Franken...you are my hero! You can speak for me anytime...keep it up

    December 19, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Hoot

    Lieberman should be given another 10 minutes if he can draw all 50 States from memory.

    December 19, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Rob

    Franken is doing his job the right way.

    Someone needs to remind McCain about his mouth. There must be some video's somewhere. Dig them out. I am so tired of the republicans trying to own everything.

    December 19, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Good for Franken! Lieberman is two-faced. He is not thinking of what is good for the millions of people who need insurance. He is only thinking of his own pocketbook. I definitely do not think he represents the Democratic philosophy. Why doesn't he join the Republican party!

    December 19, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Jane Moss

    Hooray for Al Franken! I wish more people had the courage to silence Joe Lieberman!

    December 19, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Peggy

    Is it just me or does anyone else notice how paranoid the right wingers are about EVERYTHING??????????? And has anyone noticed how their dire predictions never pan out????????? I think it's absolutely HILARIOUS that Mr. Franken spoke up. It is about time the democrats start fighting back. They have been underdogs for far too long.

    December 19, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Future expat

    All you GOPers, you DO REALIZE that if one of your darlings, say DeMint for example, had shut down Franken, you'd be flooding his office with campaign contributions.

    YOU DO KNOW THIS RIGHT?

    December 19, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Bob of Lompoc

    Stick it to him Big Al. Senator McCain: You just identified the problem - "I've been around here twenty years....". There you go. Solve the problem. Shut up or leave. You, and only you, gave us Palin. I suggest you leave. The AZ voters may help you along with that decision.

    December 19, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. mama dem

    Steve, thanks for posting this!!! I was about to post the exact same thing. What a hypocrite McCain is. Franken's the man!

    December 19, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Willy Brown

    Minnesota must be so proud of Senator Clown.

    December 19, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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