Last Friday, Rachel Maddow pointed out the hypocrisy of John McCains outrage over Joe Lieberman being denied a few extra moments by Senator Franken during the debate on health reform legislation. McCain claimed the he had never, in all his years in the Senate, witnessed a member be denied extra time like was done by Senator Franken. Maddow had found that during the debate over going to war in Iraq in 2002, McCain did exactly the same thing. Here’s the story, in her research into the CSPAN archives Maddow found something weird.
“Back in 2002, when the Senate was debating whether to give President Bush authorization to go to Iraq, Democratic Senator Mark Dayton of Minnesota delivered an impassioned speech against the war, against giving President Bush authorization to use force.Â And then something happened toward the end of his next appearance on the Senate floor.
It just thatâ€”it just like — it just goes to black?Â That this is the C-SPAN archives.Â That never happened.Â It just goes to black, drops out.
From the transcripts of the Senate debate, we do know that during that black out period, Senator Dayton ran out of time and asked for an additional 30 sec. time to conclude his remarks. Senator McCain objected.
Well, over the weekend the people over at CSPAN dug out the original video tapes and redigitized the recording capturing the actual event.
Here is the video of Rachel’s report from Monday night, including the missing McCain memory gap.