Democrats Cheer As Opinions of Others Are Silenced

I often read Blue Hampshire because I like to know what the "other side" thinks and what issues they see as important.  Its no surprise to anyone who reads my column here that I disagree with much of what's printed on their site but it's not often that I'm actually shocked by anything.  Today however I was shocked.

In their article "Open Thread: Comity Club Killer" they cheer on AL Franken for preventing Joe Lieberman from having 30 seconds more to finish reading a prepared statement about an amendment he was going to add to the health care bill.

 Open debate and listening to all sides clearly is not a democrat virtue.

NBC described what happened in an article found HERE, here are some excepts from it:

Sen. Joe Lieberman just wanted 30 more seconds to talk on the floor of the U.S. Senate. 'No, your time is up,' is essentially what Sen. Al Franken said, as he presided over the chamber at the time.

Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, was in the middle of discussing amendments he was going to add to the health care bill, for which he has drawn the ire of liberals for his opposition to a government-run insurance plan.

He asked for "unanimous consent" to keep going for a few minutes beyond the ten allotted.  That's one of those things that legislators usually say and keep speaking.  But Franken, the Democrat from Minnesota and one of the freshest members, objected and was running the debate at the time. 

A stunned Lieberman said he'd submit the rest of his statement in writing. 

Republican Senator and Friend-of-Joe John McCain came to Lieberman's defense moments later, criticizing Franken's behavior as inappropriate and explaining he had never seen anything like it before.

Dean Barker's opening comment on Blue Hampshire to this denial of free speech?

"Al Franken, quickly becoming one of my favorite people."

Preventing others the few moments it would take to give their opinion is what it takes to become one of his favorite people?  Clearly it says a lot for his mentality.

Let's face it, it had nothing to do with speeding things up because the time spent complaining far outlasted how long it would have taken Lieberman to finish what he had to say.  This was shutting him up because they didn't want people to hear any more of what he had to say.

Watch the video and draw your own conclusion.