December 19th, 2009
03:04 PM ET
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Terry from West Texas

    Lieberman had exhausted his allotted time. He asked if anyone objected to his ignoring the rules. Franken said, in essence, I would prefer that we all observe the rule about the length of our statements.

    This is one of hundreds of made-up, fictitious, baloney-filled "issues" that Conservative strategists are inventing out of thin air. Their trained Conservobots will respond by endlessly repeating their refrain like the trained primates that they are. When the leadership says, "Do you like the Democrats?" the primates solomnly intone "Tax and Spend. Tax and Spend. Tax and Spend...." When the leadership says "Franken insulted Lieberman!" the Conservobots say, "Franken's a joke (get it? Franken was a comedian.) We are offended at his discourtesy."

    Now can we think of any Republican who has ever been discourteous to an elected official who is of another party? Can Republicans actually be looking us in the face and scolding Franken for discourtesy and lack of respect. Who shouted, "You lie!" to the elected President of the United States? Who said Obama was indoctrinating our school children in socialism? Who said that Obama's "death panels" would snuff out America's senior citizens? The liars who are America's Conservative leadership.

    Conservative voters have been thoroughly duped and indoctrinated. I think most of them actually believe the things they have been taught to repeat. They do not know that they are consistently voting contrary to their own self-interest.

    December 19, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    McCrypt, you are senile and we are glad all you can do is scream impotently in the Senate.

    Technically McInsane, you are correct that maybe the first time anyone has refused "one minute" but YOU yourself refused someone 30 seconds!

    Stop being a hypocritical liar, you small bitter old fool sit down and STFU!

    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Johnwa2009

    I just have one question... why is it that when its been proven that McCain did the same thing himself on October 10, 2002 and the fact that it had already happened earlier that day the Republican wont acknowledge it or speak to it?


    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. SethC

    And the Minnesota people voted this man in. Wonder if I should stay away from there, seems dumb is the word to describe them.

    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Anna from Phoenix

    Well, McCain's memory does not recall that he did the same thing when Sen. Byrd was wanting to make a statement about giving W. Bush carte blanche ability to declare war on Iraq. He refused him in exactly the same way, and we see where McCain's support of invading Iraq has taken us. He is such a hippocrat.

    That smack down by Franken enbled me to release some of the anger that I and most of the nation feel about Lieberman. That and the sock puppet ad.

    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Ralphie Boy

    Seems like all those Ned Lamont supporters are chiming in against Joe, just because Joe doesn't blindly follow the "bankrupt the nation" crew running this country. You go Joe, and as a CT voter, I'll gladly vote you in for another 6 years just to offer a check and balance against the drunken-socialist Congressional spenders.

    December 19, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Colin

    I love how one man can single handedly destroy any chance of our country have any meaningful change in its healthcare legislation but when one man tells that guy that he can't speak for longer than the time he was granted, he's then one that gets blasted.

    December 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Bob the Observer

    Since when are freshman senators put in charge of proceedings? I thought rookies were to be "seen and not heard" for their first term at least. I guess Hillary changed all that.

    December 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Jeremiah

    And you people are amazing. Get something out on healthcare and fix it later? Wow, sounds like our approach to everything these days. Like bailouts, those worked great but at least they acted right? Wasted billions, but hey, who cares? Also sounds like the Iraq war, "let's get Saddam", and now what, but hey who cares? Guantanamo Bay, "let's imprison these guys without giving them rights", and now what? Unbelievable how uneducated we are now. I mean honestly, if you are going to do something, do it right. What happened to that idea? Instead we have a bunch of fools worried about their political clout with their party and president and less worried about making sure they do things right. Oh and how about Obama's executive order for informal rulemaking? We revoke Bush's informal rulemaking executive order, but we don't know what we are going to do yet, so now rules right now. Are you kidding me? That's not a leader with a plan, that is a leader that is just trying to change things without thinking about it. Wow, intelligent plan. Pretty sure 99.9% of businesses if run like that, change things without thought, would go bankrupt. Thanks Mr. President and thanks to your cronies.

    December 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    @Ken in NC – Thank you for saying, so well, what I was thinking. Senator McCain did it in 2002, but suddenly it has disappeared from the C-Span video records, though it still exists in transcript form. Funny, that.

    December 19, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. JH from MO

    Franken only did what he was ordered to do to keep the ball rolling and Lieberman is the champ of flip-flop. You Repubs can have him – he'll fit right in.

    Bravo Mr. Franken – you can come work in our state anytime – I'll vote for you.

    We have boiled our two parties down to a contest of who wins and who loses while holding this countries' issues as hostage.

    The Republicans are a 'my way or the highway even if our country goes up in flames' bunch. They wait for someone in a higher power position to tell them what to think. But they stand together better as a group.

    Dems really seem to think that everyone does their own research and critical thinking and will logically follow through to see things their way. We are willing to do the work to find out what's really going on. I am a Democrat and we need to stand up and be much more vocal as a group.

    There must be some way to bring these two parties closer for the good of the country. We can't go on like this – no one cares what the end result of an issue will do to us as long as their side 'wins' over the other.

    December 19, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Sean

    Elect a third-rate comedian to the Senate and this is what you get. What were you thinking of, Minnesota?

    December 19, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Arden Muller

    Keep up the good work Al. If McCain doesn't like it to bad. He has pulled the same thing a few years ago.

    December 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. stevetall

    What's the news here? Following Senatorial procedure is not news. Wasting time during a debate is a long-standing tradition when trying to defeat a bill and that's why the Senate has the rules that they do. This is nothing new.

    If you are such a big duffus that you think this is about liberal vs. conservative, then you should not be posting comments. Jesus K. Rist. Some of you dips need more education!

    December 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. MW

    Good for Franken. Lieberman deserves distain.

    December 19, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Susan

    Not everyone from Minnesota voted for this clown. He too shall pass.

    December 19, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Doug-Dallas

    Why is it alright for the republicans to enforce the rules and a problem if the dems enforce them? This is just part of the reason nothing can done in Washington. Bottom line is the republicans don't care about the health and welfare of the American public; they only care about the big companies who make the big campaign contributions. They have offered no viable alternatives and truely deserve the label of "the party of NO".

    If the past months have not convinced the voters that we need term limits for Congress, then they have no room to complain about what they get. Unfortunately for the country, Congress has become a bunch of self-serving antiques who only accidently get anything worthwhile passed. Limit terms to twelve years; if they can't get it done after a decade, they don't deserve to be there.

    December 19, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Carl

    Apparently McCain did the same thing a while back plus Franken was under orders to keep everyone to their time limit to move things along. What's the big deal? This happens in High School, College, Grad School, and the work place all the time. Find something worth gossiping about people!!

    December 19, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. John

    Nice going Al, it's about time someone shut the little wishy-washy twerp up

    December 19, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Mary from Iowa

    Thank God for Al Frankin
    Where are you Barack?

    December 19, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. TINA

    Franken has no right to be a Senator; he is unqualfied. He cheated during the election.

    December 19, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Eric

    Lieberman needs to take a long hike on a short beach.

    December 19, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. NJ Mom

    I could kiss you Sen. Franken. You are the only man around there who has stood up to Joe! Joe is a disgrace and needs to pack his bags. He has been continually divisive and has done nothing positive in these hard times to unite Americans. I say WAY TO GO AL!!!

    December 19, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Lee in Oregon

    Once again the media makes a big issue out of nothing.

    December 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Paula

    When this was discussed by a panel of analysts on CNN, Gloria Borger stated that Senator Franken was instructed by the leadership to strictly adhere to the predetermined time limits in order to hinder any delay toward the goal of a Senate vote before Christmas. Earlier in the day, Sen. Franken also, according to Borger', also limited a different senator. His actions were not directed at only Sen. Lieberman.

    I would prefer to believe that Sen. McCain was not in the chamber when that other senator was cut short. I would like to believe that he was simply standing up for Sen. Lieberman, who supported McCain in the general election.

    We all seem prepared / itching to raise our voices and display indignation. Why not pause for a few minutes to uncover the context of the story? The context should be part of CNN's – and all reputable journalists' – coverage. That is, after all, what provides clarity on motive/intent and gets us closer to the truth.

    December 19, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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