About a half hour ago, Sen. Joe Lieberman was making remarks on Medicare on the Senate floor when his allotted time expired. As is standard practice in the Senate, Lieberman asked the chair for a few minutes of additional time to conclude, “without objection.”
But the presiding officer, one Sen. Al Franken, said no. “In my capacity as Senator from Minnesota, I object.”
Lieberman laughed. “Really? Okay, I don't take it personally.”
This must be part of the new atmosphere Obama promised to bring to Washington.