Thursday, December 17, 2009

The junior senator from Minnesota

Al Franken spent his first few months in the Senate keeping a very low profile. That has ended.

On Monday, he took Sen. Thune (R-SD) to task over his disingenuous posturing over health care reform and taxes.

Then today, he cut Sen. Lieberman (I-Liebermanville) off, refusing to give consent for him to continue talking on the floor of the senate.

The gloves are off. This promises to be entertaining.


  1. Do you think Franken did that on his own or at the suggestion of the Democratic Leaderhip.

  2. Dem Leadership says they told all presiding senators to cut off all Senators at the end of their time. I wouldn't be surprised if they waited until Lieberman was speaking to implement it, however.

  3. The look on Lieberman's face...priceless.

  4. "I am shocked to find out that gambling is going on here."

    From the Congressional Record 10/10/2002:

    The Senate Presiding Officer, Sen. John McCain: "The Senator's time has expired."

    Sen Dayton: I ask for unanimous consent that I have 30 seconds more to finish my remarks."

    Sen. McCain: "I object."