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Presiding over Senate, Franken declines to yield Lieberman additional time to speak
Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 12/17/09

Posted on 12/17/2009 3:01:57 PM PST by MplsSteve

Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor.

Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, currently is the target of liberal wrath over his opposition to a government-run insurance plan in the health care bill.

Franken was presiding over the Senate Thursday afternoon as Lieberman spoke about amendments he planned to offer to the bill. Lieberman asked for an additional moment to finish — a routine request — but Franken refused to grant the time.

"In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object," Franken said.

"Really?" said Lieberman. "OK."

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: alfranken; debate; franken; joelieberman; lieberman; senate; ussenate
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Folks, I naturally think that all politicians talk to much - and don't listen enough.

But having said that, the Senate is one of the few places where a person can blat on and on and has the right to do so.

Extending time to speak is a matter of courtesy extended to both parties by both parties.

I think Weird All Franken was more than a little of out line here.

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 12/17/2009 3:01:58 PM PST by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 12/17/2009 3:02:53 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

3 posted on 12/17/2009 3:03:25 PM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: MplsSteve

Dont worry, Franken will get his some day soon. Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.


4 posted on 12/17/2009 3:04:39 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: DeusExMachina05
Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.

I'd love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.

5 posted on 12/17/2009 3:06:18 PM PST by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: MplsSteve

I sincerely think there’s something off about Franken. A fellow Freeper once assured me that, knowing him in real life, he’s actually quite a nice person. Ben Stein also adores the guy. But I frankly don’t see it. He strikes me as a horse’s ass.

Plus, he seems to have recently acquired James Traficant’s hairpiece. Really, now. What the hell.


6 posted on 12/17/2009 3:08:04 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: MplsSteve

Franken better keep his nose very clean. He’s about to undergo some seriouis proctology from conservatives...


7 posted on 12/17/2009 3:08:06 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: DogBarkTree

The esteemed commie pig embarrassment from MN.... God help or moreso forgive our nation and the state of MN (my state, sorry to say) for electing this buffoon clown as a senator. Anyone who voted for this pig in MN deserves to be horse-whipped again & again. Frankenboofus is a pig and so is anyone who voted for me. I hope & pray that someone really pushes this lunatic to the point where this deranged liberal would throw some punches and then get expelled from the Senate (I’m dreaming I know) for lewd or violent behavior... maybe even a felony assult conviction if we’re lucky!!!


8 posted on 12/17/2009 3:10:33 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: MplsSteve
They just showed the clip on FoxNews. McCain was on after that exchange, and said in 20 years, he's never seen someone refused. Asked what has happened to this body (Senate)?

It must be those rude GOP guys...
9 posted on 12/17/2009 3:12:32 PM PST by tongue-tied
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To: rcrngroup
The esteemed commie pig embarrassment from MN.... God help or moreso forgive our nation and the state of MN (my state, sorry to say) for electing this buffoon clown as a senator. Anyone who voted for this pig in MN deserves to be horse-whipped again & again. Frankenboofus is a pig and so is anyone who voted for me him. I hope & pray that someone really pushes this lunatic to the point where this deranged liberal would throw some punches and then get expelled from the Senate (I’m dreaming I know) for lewd or violent behavior... maybe even a felony assult conviction if we’re lucky!!!
10 posted on 12/17/2009 3:12:43 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: tx_eggman; DeusExMachina05

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.

I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.


11 posted on 12/17/2009 3:13:02 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: MplsSteve

Did I miss something here?

Why is Al Franken, a Junior (Freshman—at that) Senator presiding over the Senate?


12 posted on 12/17/2009 3:14:02 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Tiger isn't out of the woods yet--not by a long shot.)
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To: MplsSteve

Having Franken around is a quick way to lower the level of civility.


13 posted on 12/17/2009 3:14:04 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: MplsSteve
YouTube:Lieberman shut down by Franken
14 posted on 12/17/2009 3:17:52 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: tx_eggman

Why the procrastination?!


15 posted on 12/17/2009 3:18:25 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: MplsSteve

My opinion? What Joe Lieberman DIDN’T say after “OK” is what says it all. I took it as “OK, but the first chance I get to screw you publicly I’m gonna do it, and it won’t be the last.”


16 posted on 12/17/2009 3:18:45 PM PST by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: DeusExMachina05

Dont worry, Franken will get his some day soon. Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.

i’d like to see someone beat his sorry ass now!!!


17 posted on 12/17/2009 3:19:11 PM PST by ronnied
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To: tx_eggman; DeusExMachina05; jessduntno

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.


18 posted on 12/17/2009 3:20:03 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: MplsSteve

This may be historic - first time a “Senator” whose winning vote margin was found in the trunk of a car after the election was over has presided over the Senate. Please correct me if I’m wrong about this.


20 posted on 12/17/2009 3:23:08 PM PST by Gee Wally
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To: MplsSteve
I just saw the video clip of the exchange. Our senator came off as a completely pompous and arrogant a...hole.
21 posted on 12/17/2009 3:23:26 PM PST by Pusterfuss (I will give your president the same respect you gave mine.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to watch.


22 posted on 12/17/2009 3:23:43 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: pillut48

I just can’t believe this ahole...it looked like a SNL skit...which he always sucked in...


23 posted on 12/17/2009 3:25:43 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: MplsSteve

How’s that for Minnesota nice.


24 posted on 12/17/2009 3:29:42 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: jessduntno

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to watch.

I’d love to tape it for YouTube.


25 posted on 12/17/2009 3:30:00 PM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: MplsSteve; DeusExMachina05; DogBarkTree; tx_eggman; tongue-tied; rcrngroup; jessduntno; ronnied; ...
The Senate needs to get back to its historical character.


26 posted on 12/17/2009 3:31:08 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: MplsSteve

When has Al Franken ever been courteous? He so far is a cheat, liar and thug. In other words no class; especially when you saw his wife have to try to calm him.


27 posted on 12/17/2009 3:31:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: MplsSteve
A very stupid move from a Senator of a Party who is trying to capture his vote on health care.
28 posted on 12/17/2009 3:31:39 PM PST by kempo ( is whole)
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To: jessduntno

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to watch.

I’d buy tickets.


29 posted on 12/17/2009 3:31:48 PM PST by sjmjax
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To: MplsSteve

Franken. You mean they let him be in charge. I didn’t think he was ready to have the training wheels off yet?


30 posted on 12/17/2009 3:32:45 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: ladyvet

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to watch.

I’d love to tape it for YouTube.

I’d love to post it for you.


31 posted on 12/17/2009 3:32:57 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: MplsSteve

Franken is a pathetic putz. The unfunny comedian.


32 posted on 12/17/2009 3:32:58 PM PST by bfree (The revolution is coming and it will be violent)
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To: kempo
"A very stupid move from a Senator of a Party who is trying to capture his vote on health care."

Well, Harry, I was about to annunce my support from the floor, but I was cut off...and I changed my mind!

33 posted on 12/17/2009 3:34:41 PM PST by jessduntno ("The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.")
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To: MplsSteve

Franken has no class.


34 posted on 12/17/2009 3:34:49 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: MplsSteve
Franken was presiding over the Senate Thursday afternoon

Finally, a horse's ass presides over the senate. Caligula would be proud. As a citizen, I know I am.

Poor John McCain, he rose and angrily denounced the action. Lamenting what is going on. This is what the Dims are, John. They HATE America. They played you for a fool and you went right along with it!

35 posted on 12/17/2009 3:44:16 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: MplsSteve

How did Senator ACORN get that power?


36 posted on 12/17/2009 3:49:13 PM PST by hecht
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Franken has no class.

Yes he does and it is all low!

37 posted on 12/17/2009 3:50:33 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: tongue-tied
Objection to additional time was also made earlier in the day when Sen Cornyn was speaking. I think the objection was made by the new Alaska senator who was presiding officer. When Senator Cornyn questioned him on the reason for his objection and pointed out that no other Senator was in the chamber, he withdrew his objection.

This looks like presiding senators may have been instructed by leadership to limit time for speakers. Petty attempt at payback for Senator Corburn requiring them to read the Sanders amendment. Childlike, but certainly in character for Senator Reid and his leadership team.

38 posted on 12/17/2009 3:58:37 PM PST by etcb
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

A fellow Freeper once assured me that, knowing him in real life, he’s actually quite a nice person. Ben Stein also adores the guy.

Michael Medved says he is detestable.

39 posted on 12/17/2009 4:03:12 PM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: tx_eggman
The heck with next Tuesday....I'd take tonight.

I have to think at least 70 Senators think he's a total joke..to the history of the Senate.

But...he will probably be a fixture for 30 yrs and be a senior Senator.

Sigh...............

40 posted on 12/17/2009 4:07:59 PM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's a self-made man who worships his own creator...............)
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To: MplsSteve

Franken is a fascist crushing a nit. What else is there to know about this story?


41 posted on 12/17/2009 4:11:52 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: etcb
Ahha!

Petty attempt at payback for Senator Corburn requiring them to read the Sanders amendment.

Now that makes sense. Time for a "kinder, friendlier" senate. PPPhhhhtttttttttttt!
42 posted on 12/17/2009 4:12:15 PM PST by tongue-tied
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To: Gee Wally

This may be historic - first time a “Senator” whose winning vote margin was found in the trunk of a car after the election was over

You are correct sir. One poll worker admitted she stuffed the ballot box at least 150 time. Coleman won that election, the dims stole it.


43 posted on 12/17/2009 4:19:32 PM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: MplsSteve

Also posted here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2409877/posts


44 posted on 12/17/2009 4:25:20 PM PST by DrDavid (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

I’ve been on a movie set with him but I don’t know him personally. He comes off as arrogant and Napoleonic (short man’s syndrome — and not every short man has it so I am not knocking all the wonderful short guys out there).


45 posted on 12/17/2009 4:28:25 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Repeal The 17th
Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.

I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.

I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.

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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.

I'd love to help you do it.

46 posted on 12/17/2009 4:35:25 PM PST by MountainDad
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To: MplsSteve

A question:
If the majority leader, the Vice President, and the President Pro-Tem are not present, is the selection over who presides somewhat based on seniority? Or is it whoever Harry Reid chooses?

I try to remind myself that there is Minneapolis (which unfortunately spills over), and then there is the rest of Minnesota. Al Franken is Minneapolis. So for that matter is Garrison Keillor, even though his “Prairie Home Companion” is at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. I know some St Paul liberals who think Keillor is an arrogant ass.


47 posted on 12/17/2009 4:37:43 PM PST by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: MplsSteve

Franken(stein) and “Clobber-her” are approximately equal embarrassments to my state. We’ll deal with them some way some day, but even together, they’re not worth one bullet. For now, we’ll just change their diapers, feed and burp them.


48 posted on 12/17/2009 5:04:12 PM PST by JohnQ1 (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: jessduntno

LOL. I’m sensing a new classical FR meme being born! :-)


49 posted on 12/17/2009 6:45:09 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: jessduntno

Id love to see someone beat his sorry ass in five years.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass next Tuesday.
I’d love to see someone beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to beat his sorry ass.
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I’d love to watch.

I’d love to tape it for YouTube.

I’d love to post it for you.

I’d love to make it go viral for you.


50 posted on 12/17/2009 6:46:16 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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