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Friday, September 04, 2009

Attention U.S. Senators: This is how it's done
Posted by Jill | 6:53 PM
I wish Al Franken were my Senator:

Now maybe the teabaggers in this crowd were more inclined to listen to Al Franken because he's a celebrity. But the fact of the matter is that Al Franken, whom no one took seriously and everyone thought was a clown, had a serious conversation with people who were all prepared to disagree with him. He was prepared, he told them FACTS, he did it in a way anyone can understand, and while he might not have converted anyone, at least he made them think.

Al Franken may just be our next Lion after all.

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Anonymous OM said...
The end of the video is a bit jarring, when he goes off against the Feds, mentioning Bachmann as if she's not an alien from Malmack. On the other hand, he is representing them and not Obama, and he managed to make it clear to them. And maybe it would help them understand that his pro-reform vote will be for them and not for Obama.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
Franken's proposals were vague, his facts sketchy but then again, it took the MN Supreme Court so fucking long to decide the election results that Franken is still getting up to speed. He came into the Senate smack dab in the middle of the health care negotiations.

Still, this is exactly how all health care debate ought to be conducted, with mutual respect and serious, thoughtful queries meeting with like responses.

Blogger Barry said...
>...it took the MN Supreme Court so fucking long to decide the election results...

Does that mean it's time to dust off my old "SELECTED, NOT ELECTED" bumper sticker??

Blogger Buttermilk Sky said...
Politics, 2009 style: a senator's most important skill is his club-honed ability to handle hecklers.

Denis Leary in 2016!