DAVID BRODER IS GOING TO *FLIP OUT*  5:20 pm December 17, 2009

Television Comedian Franken Shuts Up Heroic Senator/President Lieberman

by Jim Newell

Here’s a brief respite of procedural porn & violence for the very sad American Left: Joe Lieberman babbles about some terrible thing for his 10 minutes, Al Franken refuses to give him any additional time, Joe Lieberman shruggeth, “How Dare You, Rape Joke Clown,” and yet again freaking John McCain rises to cast judgment on something that doesn’t involve him. The video cuts off before we see Lindsey Graham burst into the chamber, breathless, clutching a blinking red beeper, declaring, “ACTION FORCE TEAM MEMBER 3 ON LOCATION READY FOR BATTLE.” UPDATE: After the jump, a blockquote and perhaps a sentence or two of commentary!

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) quickly corrected McCain, saying that the same thing happened earlier in the afternoon.

He was referring to an attempt by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas (R.) to extend remarks by two minutes. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) was presiding at that moment, and objected. When Cornyn pointed out that there was no one else waiting to speak in the nearly empty chamber and demanded an explanation for Begich’s objection, Begich backed down and Cornyn proceeded.

McCain, however, had missed that exchange.

“I just haven’t seen it before myself, and I don’t like it and I think it’s — it harms the comity of the Senate not to allow one of our members at least a minute,” McCain said.

Lieberman laughed off the incident as much ado about nothing when he returned to the chamber a couple of hours later. He said that Franken apparently was following procedures for sticking to time limits that had been handed down by Senate leaders. Franken had made a good-natured gesture with his hands, Lieberman said, “as if to say ‘There’s nothing I can do’.”

Lieberman said he appreciated his good friend McCain coming to his defense.

“No hard feelings,” he said.

So the only real drama is that John McCain yet again had no idea what was going on before he heard a few context-less words across the room that upset him, and within seconds he was Judging. On the other hand, Five And A Half Years Alan, so Al Franken should resign.


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imissopus December 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Jew fight!

Buzz Feedback December 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Welcome to the Al Franken Decade.

snideinplainsight December 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

There’s NO WAY the actual video is going to make me laugh as hard as Newell’s description.

That’s just a little sad, actually.

OReillysVibrator December 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Lieberman’s been seeing a member denied his whole life.

Gopherit December 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Oh SNAP! The Emperor almost let loose his rays of the dark force all over franken’s ass.

depraved indifference engine December 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Harms the comedy of the Senate. Ha!

Oh, comity? Nevermind.

snideinplainsight December 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

This video would be better though if at the end Franken made Lieberman face the corner a-la Blair Witch Project.

organiccoffee December 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

“I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen a member denied an extra minute or so…”

Well, now you can cross it off your bucket list.

Mr Blifil December 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

John McCain should know that if there’s one thing Al Franken has a lot of experience in, it’s comity.

Gopherit December 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

“Joe, no one likes you anymore, and we’re fucking tired of hearing from you.” THAT would harm the comity of the Senate. Just like the “GO FUCK YOURSELF” of Cheney’s.

Wugou December 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Denying someone additional moments to finish remarks is Senatese for “eat a bowl of dicks.”

The more you know!

Cicada December 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

McCain says “I don’t know what’s happening here in this body, but it’s wrong”. Interestingly, this is what I think whenever I see footage of McCain. How is he still walking around?

An Outhouse December 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I’ve never seen Lieberman’s grandpa so upset before. Was somebody on his lawn? There was smoke coming out the ears and everything.

Gopherit December 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

“I don’t know what’s happening here in this body, but I think it’s wrong.” Get used to saying that, old man. You’re body is a walking train wreck.

Oh, and fuck the republicans, those goddamn obstructionist-asswipes.

Gopherit December 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

[re=481043]Cicada[/re]: Damn it! You beat me to it.

An Outhouse December 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

This is priceless, I can’t stop watching it. McCains panties are so twisted he can barely breathe.
“Don’t you diss my boyfriend like that”

Schultz December 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Harm’s the comedy of the Senate!? I think it adds significantly to the hilarity!

geminisunmars December 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Al was thinking: “If this buzzard gets to drone on any longer I’m going to give this seat back to ole toothy coleman. Oh wait, I can stop it.”

SayItWithWookies December 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

That was like a little bootheel of sunshine on the cockroach of my day. Thank you for that.

Oldskool December 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Oh no he di-int. What a perfect time for Bernie Sanders to pop up red-faced and sneer at Lieberman from six inches away. And then break his nose.

ms_mcgee December 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Walnuts is wrong. Franken shutting up the Liebs brings the comedy.

azw88 December 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Hey, old fuck McCain, how many votes did you miss over the past 10 years while you ran for President TWICE??? But, In Johnny-Mac’s world if he didn’t see it, it didn’t happen since he never developed that whole object permanence thing as a toddler.

Dave J. December 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Jim, you left out the part at the end where Carl Levin gently tells Walnuts that the thing that Walnuts says he hasn’t seen in 26 years happened like 5 minutes ago, too.

Surprised_Still December 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

No, Joe. Take it personally. Real fucking personally.

chascates December 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Thank God for Al that Ted Stevens isn’t around anymore. Uncle Ted would have thrown a tantrum that would remind Al of when his boys were toddlers. This may be the straw that turns Joe into an Independent Republican.

grevillea December 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

How’dja like the taste of them teabags, JoeLi?

Advocatus_Diaboli December 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Fuck you WALNUTS! Maybe your should go crash another jet, or denounce America, or just get your irrelevant ass tortured.

Too soon?

Skwerl Nutz December 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Fuck yea! Stuart Smalley bitch slaps Droopy Dog!

Judas Peckerwood December 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Yes, Senator Franken, I WILL have your baby.

Extemporanus December 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I think he scored big…on the “Nooo time”.

slappypaddy December 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

would john be happy if al had given joe anything less than five-and-a-half years? and i see that joe is a member of the”i”-party. does that stand for “idiots” or “insufferables” or “insignificants” or it it short for “me-me-me!”, or what?

germansteel December 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I’ll only be satisfied if this is just a warm-up for the unanimous vote of the Democratic caucus to remove fuckface from his cherished chairmanship of the “Home Land” Security Committee.

proudgrampa December 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Senator Franken, you done us proud today!

ProfessorJukes December 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

God Bless you Al Franken. (Y’know, the Jew God, not the Jeebus God.)

Georgia Burning December 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Al has professional experience in how the MC is supposed to handle things when a bad open-mic-night guy ignores the red light.

Dumptruck December 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Franken is going to drop a train-full of civics and parliamentary procedures on their old asses!

betterDeadThanRed December 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I’m so glad that Franken was in charge there and not that chicken Reid.

assistant/atlas December 17, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Oh, Al. You enjoyed that, didn’t you, you cheeky monkey? And you know what, America enjoyed that.

WadISay December 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Will the member shrivel up and withdraw from the body?

assistant/atlas December 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm

And Lindsey would be #3 on that team, wouldn’t he? Poor Lindsey, always a bridesmaid….

Nigerian Business Executive December 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Lieberman: Ahaha … ok. I won’t take it personally.

Take it personally, dipstick. Everybody hates you except for that old geezer from the desert. CRY, BITCH!

stew December 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Fearful of re-election, Liebs is courting the Hispanic vote…


ShiningMathPath December 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

“Oh, reaaalllly?”

Great Restoration comedy, just great. I want to see the full version, in costume.

RubberSoul December 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm

That’s good to hear from John McCain. I anxiously await his lone Republican vote to break the filibuster.

MarSF December 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

McCain sure has a lot of fight left in him considering the fact that he is a fossil.

norbizness December 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Joe will bide his time and later filibuster a bill providing low-cost delicious dog food for orphaned puppies.

GeneralLerong December 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Yeah, wasn’t that “Oh REAALLLLLY?” moment great? And the fake smile, so quickly replaced with pique.

Have the newest Dem senators formed a band of brothers to shoot peas at Lieberman? The precedent-setting one was Begich from Alaska…OK, so he missed, but it was apparently a ground-breaking maneuver. Snicker.

Come here a minute December 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Ha — WALNUTS just assumed it was just out of spite because Lieberman is an asshole, and Al Franken is a dirty fucking hippie. Well Lieberman is an asshole, but that had nothing to do with it.

I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO December 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I have been thinking for days now, yes, I want to get rid of Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader, been wanting to do that for days. But who to replace him with? I mean, it’s like a hydra of spinelessness, you remove Reid, who do you replace him with?

And then it became so clear: Al Franken. Make Al Franken the Maj Leader. He’ll humiliate the piss out of anyone who breaks ranks, and if that don’t work, he’ll wrestle em. no, seriously, he’ll challenge them to a wrestling match, ask Rich “Starburst” Lowry.

whiskey tango foxtrot December 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I hope this happened early enough in the day for Daily Show producers to get their hands on it. This is too good.

Escape Goat Nation December 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Lieberman’s all blah blah blah drone drone drone and then Franken goes, STFU already.
So Lieberman says, yo, I need to blah blah blah some more and Franken says, no really, STFU, your voice is like an Ipecac Ambien cocktail. Then McCain wakes up and says WTF, why did Lieberman stop? I was having an awesome dream. Then Levin says, go back to sleep oldest Man in the World and McCain says, LOL OK, will do.

Dave J. December 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

[re=481112]I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO[/re]: Remove Franken and it will go to another senior Dem currently in the Senate leadership. So, basically, Durbin or Schumer.

Cicada December 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

[re=481125]Dave J.[/re]: If Schumer got it I would wait in breathless anticipation for him to call Lieberman a bitch. I mean, we know he has it in him. Just let it out Chucky!

user-of-owls December 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm

[re=481038]organiccoffee[/re]: I think you’re new to these parts, so let me say huzzah! on your witty introduction. (ok, so if I’ve missed you in the near past, apologies…still, funny!)

ShiningMathPath December 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm

[re=481125]Dave J.[/re]: Don’t know about Schumer – dealing with Cardinal Lieberman is a big step up from insulting flight attendants

hillarys_left_nut December 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm

what WILL be cool is when the Grim fuckin’ Reaper denies Lieberman that “additional moment” and Joe lays that “Reeeeally?” on the Reaper’s bad ass.

Finds out what that scythe is for, and shit. Reaper don’t play.

Oldskool December 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

[re=481117]whiskey tango foxtrot[/re]: Last night they said goodbye till 2010. Hows come Wonketiers don’t get massive vacation time?

Pithaughn December 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I agree with McGramps, I don’t know what is happening in his body but I know it’s wrong.

BlueStateLibtard December 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

[re=481121]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: Well done! What was Senator Droopy droning on about anyway? It always seems to be … savings in Medicare… lower costs …. all slowly delivered in an irritating nasal drone that makes me want to poke my eyes out.

ShiningMathPath December 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm

[re=481131]hillarys_left_nut[/re]: You’re right, it was just the one word “rrrreeaally”, followed by an “oh, ok …”. Lot’s of action in that one word, though, with a delay on the “rrrr”, a la Finnish elocution meets a Connecticut bitch slap.

ella December 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

“No hard feelings,” he said. How could there be? Lieberman has no feelings. Prick.

user-of-owls December 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm

[re=481136]ella[/re]: Au contraire. He has lots of feelings, all of them hurt. Which is why he acts out like a venal petulant schoolgirl. With the capacity to fuck up the country for a generation or more. Feelings.

Isn’t there a Vonnegut story where a guy who is angry at his neighbor’s dog cuts up a watch spring into razor sharp shards of metal, mixes it in with a plate of raw meat and slides it over to the dog, who after devouring the meat is slowly shredded from the inside?

Anybody in DC or CT got a spare watch and a plate of latkes?

Berkeley Bear December 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

[re=481138]user-of-owls[/re]: You know if the shoe was on the other foot a Cheney or even Walnuts himself would have put bamboo slivers under Lieberman’s fingers, toes and in every other major oriface until he fell in line. Why no one in the Dem Caucus has yet become the intimidator 2 years into one party control of Congress is beyond me. Although Nancy is apparently a big meany according to GOPers in Copenhagen, not setting up press conferences for them and such.

AxmxZ December 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm

You just know that deep inside, Joey took a dirty little notebook out of its stinky little hidey-hole and penciled in “Franken” in shaky letters into the rubric “People to arrange to have beat up later”.

depraved indifference engine December 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm

[re=481138]user-of-owls[/re]: Isn’t there a Vonnegut story where a guy

It was Paul Lazzaro, in Slaughterhouse Five — the guy who bragged about his knife, which featured a groove that ensured that the stab wound would not close, that blood would continue to flow upon stabbing. And that dog never bothered him again.

But you’d better hurry. Hannukah ends tomorrow night.

The Unfairman December 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

So many people mocked me for voting for Franken, even my fellow Wonketeers, and our Dear Leader Editors gave him “no respect”.

But I say it’s the best vote I’ve cast – probably ever. Even better than the one I cast for Barry.

Larry McAwful December 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I didn’t think it was possible, but I now have a new favorite senator from Minnesota. I mean, Amy Klobuchar is still way up there in my book; she still makes my heart race a little faster every time I see her. But Al Franken now makes my heart run just ever such a little bit more than Amy can.

You’re still tops in my book, Amy, but it’s nothing personal: Al just one-upped you. I still love you both ever so much, all the same, also.

petehammer December 17, 2009 at 8:30 pm

The way Joe Lie says “Really?” is exactly the way any super-privileged kid who doesn’t get what is ENTITLED to says the word. I’ve seen this behavior before, tons of times, and it just demonstrates an awful level of ENTITLEMENT.

“So, it looks like you didn’t get that job/car/house/date.”


JooJoo Bee December 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I’d love to hear Leiberman say “Really?” like that when told he can’t see the doctor because he doesn’t have insurance, and to maybe try to downtown ER. Of course, I guess that would never actually happen, what with the Federal employees’ group plan, the Connecticut insurance company PAC, the Medicare and the walletful of million-dollar bills ‘n’ all. So we;’ll just have to make do with this for now. Pity.

El Pinche December 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Just like a whiny libtard, I’m thinking that wasn’t enough. Franken should have taken the Senate Gavel to Lieberman’s wee loins. “Whos funny now??!! “

guangho December 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I don’t believe in God but I believe in Al Franken. What a glorious pissant!

foulmouthed mrscreant December 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

[re=481133]Pithaughn[/re]: I think Shroedinger’s Cat is happenin’ up in there.

schvitzatura December 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Microphone checka, one two checka
Al tiggedy take no shorts, He’s not the fella

Extemporanus December 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm

[re=481091]Dumptruck[/re]: “That is most unparliamentary language, most unparliamentary.”

Though we may all have shamefully forgotten, that Irish fock beats steadily on.

Decker December 17, 2009 at 9:38 pm

McCain: “No body puts Baby Stinky in a corner!”

SayItWithWookies December 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm

OMFG, folks — this is awesome! Upload your photo and make one!

Bearbloke December 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm

[re=481060]Dave J.[/re]: So Ol’Man McFAIL is too bloody senile to remember such an unprecedented OUTRAGE that occurred FIVE AND A HALF HOURS earlier?

[re=481065]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: Never too soon, mate – never too soon…

Escape Goat Nation December 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm
S.Luggo December 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Don’t be bustin’ on John McNuggets, dude. He gotz confused by the change in Time Zones between his office couch in the Russell Office Building and his desk at the Senate. Happens.

Larry McAwful December 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

This is so going in my iPod.

Barcode of the Apocalypse December 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

You kind of expect McCain to snap his head up suddenly and shout, “You kids get offa my lawn!”

shortsshortsshorts December 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Can one Senator object to another Senator being a Senator in the first place? We should explore this possibility.

sezme December 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

This is what it means to ‘boycott Connecticut’.

Jukesgrrl December 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

[re=481176]Bearbloke[/re]: Grampa Crash Helmet doesn’t know what happened five-and-a-half MINUTES ago. He’s got the Reaganitis. But he’s also got real gangsters in his wife’s family, so if Droopy Dog can’t scare up any muscle in Bridgeport, Cindy could provide some Phoenix-style revenge on Sen. Franken.

So, Al, whatever you do, don’t get in bed without checking first for a bloody Santa Claus head.

obfuscator December 17, 2009 at 11:07 pm

awwww gwampy made a poopy in his didey…

Nigerian Business Executive December 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm

[re=481173]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Here. I made you a present: http://blingee.com/blingee/view/103976600-Puh-puh-puh-pokerface

SayItWithWookies December 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm

[re=481198]Nigerian Business Executive[/re]: Alright — Steeled and Blingeed. We better take advantage of this, ’cause it won’t be up for much longer.

DoktorZoom December 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm

[re=481173]SayItWithWookies[/re]: How could I NOT get in on this one? http://www.keepingitrealwithmichaelsteele.com/node/211

guangho December 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

shortshortshorts if only.

DoktorZoom December 17, 2009 at 11:41 pm

[re=481201]DoktorZoom[/re]: well THAT was quick… And I swear, there was no nudity, which in retrospect seems rather wimpy of me.

Dean Booth December 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Today we are not all Al Frankens, but I sure wish the Senate was.

S.Luggo December 18, 2009 at 12:50 am

[re=481198]Nigerian Business Executive[/re]: Why do you mock the Jesus spirit of Christmas, I mean like, shazizel?

imissopus December 18, 2009 at 1:02 am
SayItWithWookies December 18, 2009 at 1:46 am

[re=481214]imissopus[/re]: Apparently you are — or else, like DoktorZoom, you posted a blank photo titled Access Denied.

ArthurTwoSheds December 18, 2009 at 3:14 am

Shit. I was all ready to make a “I think it adds to the comedy” quip but it’s already been referenced to death. Bastards!

LowerdPeninsula December 18, 2009 at 4:18 am

This is so fucking sad. John McCain comes in yet again to defend the honor of his boyfriend. Get a fuckin room, you too. Hell, invite Lindsey and you all can have a threesome…as you three are wont to do, of course.

PinkyTuscadero December 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

[re=481121]Escape Goat Nation[/re]: Maybe I’m just feeling emotional from all the cookie baking, ornament hanging, drinking first thing in the morning, and watching our nation get ripped asunder by a couple insurance companies, but I needed to thank you for this one.

Lee Hussein Oswald December 18, 2009 at 8:18 am

[re=481214]imissopus[/re]: Hey! I don’t remember Michael Steele being there…

Gumboz1953 December 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

The Senate needs to resurrect Chuck Barris and his gong.

Curved December 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

[re=481056]SayItWithWookies[/re]: “That was like a little bootheel of sunshine on the cockroach of my day.” Quote of the friggen Day. Now get of my lawn, or I’m tell Joe McCain’s grampa!

the problem child December 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

He tries to hound in on everything, the dog: http://www.keepingitrealwithmichaelsteele.com/node/293

Carrie_Okie December 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

[re=481022]imissopus[/re]: related?

Gumboz1953 December 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

[re=481241]ArthurTwoSheds[/re]: I bet it was all Franken could do not to guffaw and pee his pants when he heard that. Or maybe he did.

M.Yazz December 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

Late to the discourse, but YAY, AL!!!!!

Ducksworthy December 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I agree with Senator McCain. Not letting these horrible insurance company shills drone on in their whiny weaselly voices hurts the comedy.

Retard Strength December 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Ugh, of course fuckface Walnuts! is guilty of the exact same thing: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/12/18/mccain-hypocrisy-franken/

ericblair December 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm

[re=481038]organiccoffee[/re]: Brilliant!

avoidinggradingpapers December 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm

One of my two right-wingy Facebook pals just posted that he’d love to see a Franken/Grayson ticket in 2012, acting like that would be so hilarious cuz wouldn’t they be barbarian buffoons together. (Kinda like when we all fantasize about a Palin/Bachmann ticket for laughs.) That immediately struck me as a fine, fine idea–but not for the reasons my teabaggy friend thinks. Franken and Grayson would be fucking awesome! They’re smart and snarky and gutsy and funny and impassioned about all the causes I care about. Bring it! I’m more and more pleased with my Franken vote each time he makes the news.

Ripley_v_alien December 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm

“no hard feelings” sayeth the man who helps keep Viagra covered by insurance….there’s a reason for that..no HARD feelings, huh Joe?

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DCXopher December 20, 2009 at 1:22 am

His “Really?” reminded me of Lady Bracknell’s “A Handbag?”

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