Classic McCain


Everyone’s having a lot of fun with this snippet of video in which Sen. Franken refuses to allow Sen. Lieberman to speak past his alloted ten minutes. But as TPM Reader LF points out, the real gold in this clip is watching Sen. McCain continue his rich and longstanding personal tradition of talking out of parts of his body other than his mouth … and for once getting called on it.

“I don’t know what’s happening here in this body, but I think it’s wrong.”

This was what McCain said after Franken objected to an extension of time for Lieberman, but it’s classic McCain–come in to a situation he knows nothing about and cause a problem–and then, as Carl Levin demonstrates, gets proven wrong when he points out that this had happened earlier in the afternoon. It was like when Republicans were pissed at McCain for parachuting into the Immigration Reform debate a couple of years ago, and when he “suspended” his campaign to parachute into the Wall Street bailout.


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