The move inspired liberals to revel in the moment of cathartic hilarity and conservatives, including Sen. John McCain, to scoff in disgust. In brief, here are the liberals:
- Matthew Yglesias on "Al Franken's dose of petty vengeance": "I approve."
- Time's Karen Tumulty: "Why God Invented C-Span"
- Wonkette's Jim Newell: "Here's a brief respite of procedural porn & violence for the very sad American Left."
- Gawker's Adrian Chen, who says to "live vicariously" through Franken: "It's telling that the most thrilling part of the health care reform debate thus far has been one senator telling another senator to stop talking about health care reform."
- Open Left's Chris Bowers: "Instead of yelling at each other, watch Franken shut Lieberman down. It will make you feel a little better."
- American Prospect's Tim Fernholz: "Al Franken is really becoming a hell of a Senator."
- Media Matters's Jamison Foser: "Republicans really can't whine about not being given extra time when they're pulling stunts like reading amendments [for several hours on the Senate floor]" Foser added, "Dear media know-nothings: Franken/Lieberman 'story' is tempest in teapot."
- Washington Independent's David Weigel recalls the Franken-Lieberman ticket detailed in Franken's novel.
Here are the conservatives:
- Ann Althouse on "Al Franken's dick move": "So... should we boycott Minnesota?"
- Michelle Malkin on "Franken's little snit fit": "Call it nutroots red meat. Or blue meat."
- Weekly Standard's Mary Katherine Ham: "Keep it classy, Al."
- Powerline's Paul Mirengoff: "A clown's impression of seriousness"
- National Review's Daniel Foster: "Don't get us started."
- RedState's James Richardson: "Either Senator Franken strictly adheres to Leadership direction, or the junior senator from Minnesota had a substantial axe to grind with Lieberman for taking 'hostage' substantive health care reform. I'm willing to bet it's the latter."