Senator Al Franken, Capitol Hill Rookie, retired comedian, and failed radio talk show host, made a splash last week.
But last week the wheels briefly flew off of the collegiality cart when newly minted Senator Al Franken temporarily took the gavel to preside over the health care debate. Joe Lieberman — frequently a recent target of progressive ire — was concluding his remarks when he was abruptly informed that his allotted ten minutes had expired. Using a procedure common to all members, Senator Lieberman requested unanimous consent for “a moment” to wrap up his statement. Franken, in his capacity as the “senator from Minnesota,” took this opportunity to grab a few headlines with two simple words: “I object.”
Understand that Joe Lieberman was rejected by Franken’s party after years of service, lost his state primary, and still managed to stuff the Democrat’s candidate’s head up his own ass.
Meanwhile, Franken was barely confirmed to his post after months of recounts and some very, very iffy poll shenanigans.
Who sounds more vulnerable to you?
As with most things in the world, Franken had a cost/benefit analysis to make: Do I let this respected senator continue for a few minutes to finish his remarks, or do I make this insufferable embarrassment to the Party shut his piehole?
I suspect he chose poorly.