Courtesy of Talking Points Memo and C-SPAN, here's how it looked and sounded on the floor of the Senate yesterday when Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., that he could not take an "additional moment" to continue talking about health care. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., went to the defense of his friend Joe:
As the Los Angeles Times' Top of the Ticket blog says, the move by Franken was "goshdarnit pretty blunt stuff" from the guy who used to play Stuart Smalley.
Democratic leaders in the Senate say they're trying to strictly enforce a 10-minute limit on senators' speaking times. But the Associated Press points out that Lieberman, who was the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, "currently is the target of liberal wrath over his opposition to a government-run insurance plan in the health care bill."
The now-independent senator also riled his former Democratic colleagues last year by actively campaigning for McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.