GOP's Public Enemy #1?

Posted Sunday, January 11, 2009, at 10:19 AM
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    Brian - you know your point about name calling could be very well made regarding Al Franken, whose real name is Stuart Smalley.

    After Rush Limbaugh wrote two best sellers, "See, I Told You So", and "The Way Things Ought To Be", Al Franken wrote an answer to Rush called, "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot."

    In this tome of Frankens', he really never discussed issues, instead he spent the whole book in kind of a verbal assassination of Rush, his character and life.

    There are allot of shady things going on in this Minnesota recount. My gut tells me ACORN is involved, and that means crooked voting and shenanigans. I don't think this fight is over yet. Hope you'll keep us abreast. Thanks

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 5:17 PM
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    Stuart Smalley quote...

    "I'm good enough...

    I'm smart enough...

    and doggone it, people like me"

    I really couldn't believe that Al would run for the US Senate considering his past and radio program that I understand (though I never heard) was little more than a liberal tirade. Makes me glad I live in Nebraska!

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sun, Jan 11, 2009, at 7:07 PM
  • I just want to clarify something that was not clear in the initial post. It was asserted that Al Franken lost the initial election, and is only now ahead by a slim margin because of the recount. This is true, but I would just like to point out that the recount was automatic. That is, the margin of the initial victory was so small that Minnesota law required a recount. In fact, the initial margin of victory for Coleman was as small (if not smaller) than Franken's current lead. The only way the recount would have not taken place is if Franken conceded the election after losing by less than 200 in a state where millions of people voted. And if you think Franken SHOULD have conceded then, by the same logic Coleman should concede now.

    Of course, Franken has made inflammatory comments about the right in the past, specifically about high profile media figures like Hannity, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh. This may make it harder for bi-partisan cooperation, especially with the popular republican view of him as an ***.

    However, having read many of his books, I've found that much of what he says is true, though he says it in intentionally inflammatory and partisan ways. Of course, it could be argued that trenchant satire and comedy requires a sharper edge.

    Of course his book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" is always listed as a prime example of partisan bias. But upon reading the book, the reader should realize that the title is intended to be ironic, as Franken spends much of the book denouncing and disparaging the ad hominem attacks that Limbaugh himself makes on others.

    -- Posted by jhat on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 9:52 AM
  • Gosh folks, all I wanted to say is that if I were the horse, in the picture, I would sue for defamation of character. Oh, Well.

    I hope everyone out there is one of my family members, in Messiah, Jesus. Our crazy Society is getting a Prophetic look to it that is scary.

    In Messiah, His Shalom, and sanity. Arley

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 10:40 PM
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