Posted by Tania Kindersley.
Some of you may have seen the press conference John McCain gave after Senator Al Franken stopped Senator Joe Lieberman from finishing a speech on the floor. (It was to do with intricate Senate rules, and quite legitimate.) McCain was puffed up with indignation so righteous that it practically needed its own motorcade. He'd never seen the like, no not in all his years of service. You would have thought that the Dems were going out and strangling puppies rather than trying to get a healthcare bill passed.
Anyway, it turns out, interestingly, that Senator McCain actually had seen the like, at rather close quarters. Have a little read of this, from Taegen Goddard's Political Wire blog -
When Sen. Al Franken objected to Sen. Joe Lieberman's request for additional time, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that in his 20-plus years in the Senate he had never heard a senator do that before.
However, a Political Wire reader sends this excerpt from the Congressional Record from October 10, 2002:
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator's time has expired.
Mr. DAYTON. I ask for unanimous consent that I have 30 seconds more to finish my remarks.
Mr. McCAIN. I object.
The lovely Rachel Maddow also has a lot of fun with it here.
Conclusion: either John McCain was having a worrying senior moment, or he was, and I apologise for using unparliamentary language, lying. You decide.