GOP steamed over Franken tactic; McCain did same to Dayton

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That video clip last week of Al Franken shutting down Joe Leiberman, and then John McCain, because the Connecticut Independent had used up his allotted time for speech making sure put the right side of the media in high dudgeon, coming as it did right after Franken called out South Dakota Sen. John Thune for truthiness on the Senate floor.

"@alfranken needs to be reminded that he isn't a shock jock anymore or a writer for SNL; What an embarrassment to Minnesota," inveighed state GOP deputy chair Michael Brodkorb on Twitter.

"Franken again spat in the face of Senate comity," wrote GOP blogger Luke Hellier at Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

And that's just local outrage. Check out the indignant Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh.

Goodness. You'd think no one had ever done such a thing before. Or, as McCain said:

"I've been around here twenty-some years, first time I've seen a member denied a minute or two to finish his remarks. And I must say that I don't know what's happening here in this body, but I think it's wrong."

Well, no. See, nothing ever dies on the Internet. And as lefty blog Think Progress reminded everyone after combing through the C-SPAN archives: It wasn't the first time its ever happened in Senate. In fact, McCain did exactly the same thing to Minnesota Sen. Mark Dayton as he spoke out against the impending war in Iraq in 2002. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow supplies color commentary:

Here's the full Franken moment with Lieberman:

And here's Franken jousting with Thune:



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