Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sixty!

Al Franken is being sworn in as a United States Senator today. For more, we turn to cartoonist Joe Heller:


H/T Dave Oliveria.

And here, then, is the man who according to Fox News' Brian Kilmeade, is "an embarrassment to America," a "hateful character," "a clown of a person," and "maniacal by nature." To sum it all up, "He is an angry, evil person who wrote two hateful books. He is a bitter, partisan pundit without any depth to his character and the people of Minnesota have thrust him upon us."



For the record, speaking of those "two hateful books" (I wonder which of Franken's three political books Kilmeade didn't finde hateful?), I loved "Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" but could have done without "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations." The first was well-researched political commentary with jokes and satire thrown in; the second was comedy with a side of politics. Funny, but not really worth the time it took to read. "Lies" was brilliant, though! I've seen few books better-researched.

5 comments:

Jordan said...

All the more reason I want term limits on our legislature.

Nathan Empsall said...

I look at a guy like Ted Kennedy, whose most amazing work came well after most term limit advocates would have kicked him out. The term limit I support is voting for the other guy (or more primary challenges). Yes, the power of incumbency is an issue, but that's what campaign finance reform is for...

James said...

This guy is going to be a great senator. Just the fact that Fox news hates him is the strongest recommendation FOR him.

Jordan said...

Thanks for bringing up Ted Kennedy, the man left a woman for dead after a car collision and suffered no reprecussions. Yes, I LOVE that man! He should have never been IN the senate, let alone how long he's been there with such morals! (or lack thereof)

@James: What a ridiculous notion! That's tantamount to me endorsing Sotomayor because some flunkie on MSNBC had some good things to say about her!

Nathan Empsall said...

"Left a woman for dead."

His story is that he tried to check the car numerous times but was unable to open the door and then lost the location. It's fishy, but there's no real evidence against it, just one man's argument about the timing. And besides, his policy and committee achievements rank him among the five most effective legislators of all time, and even uber-conservatives like Orin Hatch agree with that. Have you read any biographies about him? It's a good way to get grounding in all the facts instead of just some. I recommend "Last Lion" by the staff of the Boston Globe. It's definently pretty much pro-Kennedy, but doesn't hide the warts.