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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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