Former comedian Al Franken is better known these days as the unabashedly liberal junior senator from Minnesota. When Franken refused on Thursday to consent to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) running over his allotted time for a statement on health care reform, liberal blogs like Firedoglake were quick to cheer the "glorious moment."
From the conservative point of view, however, Franken is an upstart who is ignorant of the hallowed customs of the Senate and needs to be taken to the woodshed and taught his place.
Michelle Malkin condescendingly described the episode as "Franken's little snit fit," and the hosts of Fox & Friends were equally dismissive of what Steve Doocy called Franken's "snippy exchange" with Lieberman.
"He's an angry comedian," Brian Kilmeade complained," and now he's an angry senator from Minnesota with a gavel."
"Maybe there's a new trend of people getting into politics, newbie politicians that don't know exactly the protocol," Gretchen Carlson suggested, assuming her best schoolmarm manner. "Maybe he will learn after being chastised by Senator McCain."
"He needs somebody in his own party that has power over him to say, 'Al, you're embarrassing us,'" Kilmeade offered as an alternative. "You may not agree with Joe Lieberman, but he's a kind -- he's a very upstanding person. He should not be treated like that, I don't care what his position is on anything."
"It's very uncivil," Doocy agreed.,
This video is from Fox News' Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 18, 2009.