Senator Joe Lieberman, who has forced Democrats to jump through hoops on healthcare reform in recent weeks, was effectively told to be quiet and sit down on Thursday.
Comedian turned freshman Senator Al Franken gave the order while presiding over the Senate to a surprised Lieberman.
“I object,” Franken said, denying Lieberman the unanimous consent that he needed for “an additional moment” to complete his floor speech on healthcare.
“Really? Okay,” Lieberman told Franken sheepishly. “I don’t take it personally.”
Unanimous consent is routinely given to senators so that they can have a few more minutes to wrap up their remarks. But many Democrats have apparently wanted to tell Lieberman to hush in recent weeks.