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

    Thank you Al Franken!!

    How soon they (Sen. John McCain) forget that they did the same exact thing! But then Sen. McCain can even have enough nerve to in front of the American people and say "this has never happened before in the history of the senate".

    I wonder how people can actually believe anything the republicans say.

    December 19, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    @A True Centrist – it was all over the news yesterday that McCain did the exact same thing back in 2002 to Democratic Senator Mark Dayton of MN who was speaking out against giving Bush the authority to go to war with Iraq. It's not made up. Google it.

    December 19, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    Al Franken should have channeled his former SNL and publicly embarrassed Lieberman for the entire world to see. Then again Franken was probably smart enough to realize Liebermann has done a splendid job of that all by himself. What a toad. You spineless Democrats should be ashamed at the groveling you've done to this moron and for what, the Jewish vote in the midterms? We have to kiss Isreal's posterior abroad and at home by supporting and bowing down to this clown? Both parties are an absolute disgrace to government and need to be blown up and started over again.

    December 19, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. charlotte quimby

    Three cheers for Al Franken. It's more than time that someone limits Joe Lieberman! Everything he has said this month is the exact opposite of what he said last month, six months ago, last year....The insurance industry owns him lock, stock and barrel and his concern about health care is a sham.

    December 19, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Spijder

    This two party system of ours never ceases to amuse.

    December 19, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Debbie

    These is dumb. Trying to make news where there is none. When you
    watch the video you see that Franken was following protocal that is required by the Senate chamber. BTW: the chamber requires people to sit and listen respectfully during speeches. Exchanges may only occur during debate. Hense the Senator for South Carolina was out of order.

    December 19, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    I was so proud of Al Franken. I wish he would run for senate in Arizona. He would have my vote. It's time to retire McCain.

    December 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Keith Hooker

    To me Al is a frosh Senator, not yet jaded in the mire of lobbyism on either side of the isle. I think he still holds these truths – in phrase by Thomas – which we all live by:

    When in the course…

    We the people…

    We are stuck with Al for another 5 ½, I hope to hear more from this frosh taking on the lying liars. We are the people and need more Al’s out there to support, stir up and get in the mix for everyone, regardless of your affinity.

    Keith Hooker


    December 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Isaac

    So What? Republicans do it to the democrats during debates, and out of all senators, the old lady deserves that from Franken. I'll vote against the Old lady for his role in the health care debate

    December 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Bobby

    Go Al Franken!
    I think we;ve heard enough from Sen. Lieberman. I still find it hard to believe Gore picked him as a running mate. Here's to more Al Frankens to come. We've got decades of screw ups to fix, and precious time to fix them.

    December 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. phyls rod

    old Liberman should resign his senate position, he was elected by the people and for the people, and not his own self....his is a real backstabber and loser.....thanks AL!

    December 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. James

    Cry some more, you whiny hypocrites. Franken enforced a rule that has been in place for years, he did it politely, and he did it respectfully. If you're going to shed so many tears over this HORRIBLE breach of etiquette, then I want you to all scream about McCain doing the exact same thing.

    December 19, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Clarence Wiles

    Good Job Al.

    Those senators are paid with taxpayer dollars and spend a great majority of the time mouthing off and not getting anything done. That's what this Senate needs "new blood". The time for talking is over, the time for action gets things done.
    Next thing you know the Senator Frankken may run for President of the United States.hmmm doesn't that sound a lot like former Jr Senator for Il now President Obama?

    We the people take notice of those who get things done!

    December 19, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Nate

    Until we see a repeat of something like Charles Sumner being caned on the floor of the senate chamber by Preston Brooks in 1856, I'd just call it an expected turn in a heated debate. Sumner was also a former-Democrat-turned-Republican, though being a Republican was a lot more radical then than it is now.

    The bottom line here is that opponents of health care reform are pulling out every tactic possible to stall the debate, and this was simply a ploy that didn't work for them.

    December 19, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. otis

    Lieberman. is the Devil

    December 19, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. kcnsd

    Franken is my HERO!! Lieberman has no concern for the people of this country. He is a puppet for all those filthy rich Wall Street and Credit Company fat cats that live in Connecticut. And in exchange he gets to exact his revenge on the Democrats (i.e. "the people") for not supporting him in the primary. As for McCain he isn't senile he's far more dangerous than that. It is interesting that the republicans commenting on here never address the fact that McCain did the exact same thing in 2002 when the issue had far graver consequences. They all cover their ears and pretend it never happened. Which is why they make such good hypocrites. And that way they can feign indignation. Pathetic and sadly, destructive for America.

    December 19, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Fan of Common Sense

    I'm Al Franken and gosh darn it, people DON'T like me. 🙂

    December 19, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. EdK

    There must certainly be serious drug problems in Minnesota. Prolonged winters, perhaps? Where do they find such assine reps? Frankin wasn't funny as a comedian, but he's a proven joke in current capacity. Regardless of personnal convictions, Mr Lieberman has more class in his pinky than Frankin has in his entire body.

    December 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Nhop

    So, McCain is a massive hypocrite. Does anyone know a Republican officeholder who isn't?

    December 19, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. kcnsd

    Are you kidding me? I just watched the CNN version of the story and Jessica doesn't even mention the fact that John McCain the senator seen in their clip feigning indignation did the SAME THING in 2002. Are these "reporters" just lazy!?! Or do they just like to spark these fake controversies. What a joke!

    December 19, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. annie s

    Senator Franken did exactly the right thing. And my, my, what a short memory Senator McCain has – he did exactly the same thing in 2003.

    December 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Sterling

    I think Lieberman has held the spotlight for quite long enough, thank you...

    December 19, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. ANGIE

    the repug can dish it out (you lie to our PRESIDENT), but they sure can't take when somebody tells them to shut the hell up.

    December 19, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. shut-down...or...shut-up

    The DEMS will not win the independent Sen Lieberman over to vote with them by being so very disrespectful towards JOE....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Ray R

    You people have all become morons. Franken is exactly the type of politician this country has been asking for for a long time. He is absolutely a self-serving, self-righteous piece of garbage like so many of the politicians that 'serve' our country. Nit-pick all you want about who did what/when. All of them do whatever they please regardless of what the American people believe to be best for the country. Until 'WE THE PEOPLE' realize that and take drastic action to rid the country of the graft and corruption that permeates in D.C. nothing will change.

    December 19, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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