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

    "Good for the goose but not the gander"

    Maybe you can give Joe Lieberman a minute and ask him if Isarel has a public health system?

    Then ask him why his Lieberman family is enmrolled in it?

    December 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Steve Gebhardt

    Al Franken did the right thing in shutting Lieberman down. Lieberman embodies the very disease gnawing away at our senate. How did he dupe the voters in Connecticut into returning again?

    December 19, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Three cheers for Franken. Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurry.

    59 of 100 U.S. senators want serious reform of the health care system, but one petty dictator, Joe Lieberman, I – CT has been holding the reform bill hostage (the I doesn't stand of independent, it stands for Insurance Industry).

    Lieberman said he supported the Medicare buy-in but then flipflopped. He could NOT be part of the majority caucus.

    December 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. jean allen

    As a registered Democrat from Connecticut – and a past supporter of Joe Lieberman – good for you Al. Joe has lost his support in CT – goodbye Joe – pack your bags.

    December 19, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Disgusted Democrat

    Al Frankens is a joke and thinks he is still at SNL.

    December 19, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. kanto

    reading these comments I feel good to know most people are not as stupid as the brainless twits who post here. Can't any of you see your freedoms are being crushed by these losers from Washington? Probably not since most of you just see the Democrat or Republican put in front of their names. Wake up you fools! these people are destroying this country!

    December 19, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. mjm

    "FYI: Al Franken comes from a highly-educated family. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1973 with a BA in Political Science."

    Yeah, and Bush went to Harvard and Yale but that didn't stop anyone from calling his stupid.

    In order to fro there to be time limits in a debate both parties need to agree ahead of time. Those are the rules. A limit cannot be arbitrarily set by Reid by himself. That’s what McCain was objecting to.

    December 19, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Franken went from being a comedian to being a puppet. What's his next act? ( A mime would be good!)

    December 19, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Joe J

    It's not possible to snub Lieberman enough !

    December 19, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. morgan thomas

    Tit for a tat. They're all jerks so they are only toying with each others' egos.

    December 19, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Michael

    A True Centrist December 19th, 2009 11:33 am ET

    "McCain has done the exact same thing to a Democratic Senator when the GOP was in control."

    Completely not true...this is what happens on this site. People make up things to support an argument. Well MsDp, I'm calling you out. It is common practice in the Senate to allow someone a few extra minutes to finish what they are saying. That's why NO ONE else objected, it it NEVER happens. People on this board need to grow up, just like Senator Franken and the rest of the Senate, including people on both sides of the aisle."

    You are just plain wrong. McCain DID stop people from speaking out about the rush to war in Iraq,...twice. Seems to me it's Republcians who make things up, from Palin to McCain, from Hannity (what video of what rally will they show next when one fizzles and they need it to look like people cared) to Beck to O'Reilly, There has been NO threat to close a military base by the White House, but Fox reports it as true because that's what you conservatives love...bash the President is a new game for you all. And what exactly has he done? Let's see, stopped torture, which should have pleased the so-called Christians. Gotten billions of TARP money BACK from the banks, but no credit for doing so. Restored our image abroad, which was a joke under Bush. Overseen the rebuilding of the economy, which IS not producing jobs. Yes, that Obaam is sure bad for America all right. Maybe YOU should do some growing up.

    December 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    Franken is a joke and all you who support him are Looney like he is. His ego has gotten to him. You are not funny Franken, never have been and never will be!

    December 19, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. mjm

    "He denied 30 secs more time to Sen. Mark Dayton who was talking about restricting Bush’s constitutional powers to wage war against Iraq..."

    There is a subtle difference between debating Medicare trust funds and restricting the constitutional powers of the president during war. Dayton's amendment had no support what so ever and never.

    They do restrict crazy talk to 10 minutes or less.

    December 19, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    "Franken and Lieberman were both seen laughing and joking about the incident later in the day."

    That's the story here, folks: Lieberman knows that what Franken did was totally appropriate and is fine with it.

    Lieberman requested the remainder of his remarks be entered into the record; Franken did not object; end of story.

    But noooooooo! Grumpy McCain just can't pass up an opportunity to further demonstrate how petty and petulant his party has become.

    (And hypocritical; McCain did this same thing back on October 10, 2002 during the pre-Iraq war debate; McCain cut off then-Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN), who asked for an addition 30 SECONDS of time.)

    December 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Its amazing how the left wing posters here continue their hatred and vitriol. Joe Leiberman, even though he's a democrat, is a decent man. Al Franken is a complete idiot who has no business being involved in the running of ANY part of our nation. Franken is a poster child for the absolute lunacy of the left.

    December 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Sharon

    ll is just a show of partisan politics. Republicans are trying to play games for only their own party interest, definitely not the people they were l;ected to serve. McCain and Lieberman are playing game too. McCain did dame shut down while chairing for Iraq War. Republicans have not come up with any good proposals so far. Haven't even been organized enough to do their own great proposal early on. What Farnken did was needed at this stage of the game. I hae watched Republicans be so rude and obnoxious during heath care debates. Acted like unruly children!! And down right rude one time to some women senators who wanted to speak.

    And those who haven't heard+++ Sarah Palin won award for biggest political lie by political fact check site. What – for making claim health care reform will create DEATH PANELS. Just one of her many lies!!!

    December 19, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Mona

    Why is it, that the "Pub" cry babies always cry when things don't
    go their way??? At present, they are throwing everything at
    the Dem's, including lying to the American people. Their party
    is in a world of hurt, so, it goes without saying they are going to
    pass it on! Well, Kudo's Franken, you did your job, & Mr. Cry Baby
    can sit down & shut up!

    December 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    John McCain complained that he had "never seen" a senator denied time to finish his remarks.

    Umm, John, as Senator Levine kindly pointed out to you, it had been done earlier that same day, for the same reason of wanting to keep the debate moving and not get bogged down.

    I hope the voters of Arizona remember this incident ... it looks like Grumpy has early-onset Alzheimer's ... they really ought to vote in someone who can at least remember what happened a couple hours earlier ...

    December 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. dlforlife

    Thank you Al Franken! It's about time someone on the left got some backbone and told Lieberman to stuff it.

    McCain is insane. He did the same thing back in 03 to a dem senator.

    The party of "No" strikes again. When will the GOP add anything positive to the political dialog?

    December 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. jake

    Georiga a red state it is better to have sixty clowns than a bunch of liars that think more of big corps than they do the working class. oh one more thing, in 2010 " we'll be back"

    December 19, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Mike

    Al Franken was unfunney as a comedian. His attempt to act like a politician would be if the stakes were'nt so high.
    I've often wondered why liberal politicians seemed to feel that their constituents lacked the ablity analogize and make quality decisions about their government. After reading their comments on these web sites, I now know why . Most of them truly are'nt capable of self governance. It's truly amazing!!!!

    December 19, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. fred

    The reason this incident is controversial is that in 99.99 percent of the instances, time is extended to allow the the senator to finish. Coupled with that, Al Franken is a Freshman Senator cutting off a Veteran Senator. Whether you agree with their politics or not, this is not done. Certain rules of decorrum need to be followed; otherwise shouting matches ensue and even less gets done.

    December 19, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Steve in Kentucky

    I hope Franken's treatment of LIEberman is just the beginning. The Dems need to dish out a heaping helping of crap to the Rethuglicans at every turn.

    It's time the people who has been so obstructionistic and nasty get a full helping of it right back in their faces!

    December 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. IKHAN

    Democrats should kick out Lieberman and he is pining to be a Republican any way.Dems would be better off as he is going to stick it to the Repubs too.
    This man has an agenda of his own,he doesn't answer to his party or the American people.Who are the powers that he is answering to???
    About time someone has the backbone to shut him up.

    December 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Dolph T

    Good for Al Franken! Now if Harry Reid and President Obama would only stand up to Lieberman, maybe we could get MEANINGFUL health reform. Time to end the anti-democracy cloture rule NOW and do real health care reform.

    December 19, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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