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Ben Stein Crosses Party Lines, Helps Franken
AP ^ | 10/19/2008 | AP

Posted on 10/18/2007 6:51:13 PM PDT by Deek1969

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Al Franken is good enough and smart enough to win some of conservative Ben Stein's money — and doggone it, Stein likes him.

Stein, an actor, writer and economist, has contributed $2,000 to Franken's Minnesota Senate campaign. The two men have known each other for about 30 years.

"I'm struck by what an incredibly capable, hard-working guy he is," Stein told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. "He's a very smart liberal, he's a thoroughgoing patriot, and I would feel better with him in the Senate."

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.google.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2008election; alfranken; benstein; bueller; senate; stein
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1 posted on 10/18/2007 6:51:19 PM PDT by Deek1969
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To: Deek1969

Ben you have stayed too long in Hollywood.


2 posted on 10/18/2007 6:52:45 PM PDT by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: bmwcyle

Franken will be nothing but a wart on Dingy Reids ass.


3 posted on 10/18/2007 6:54:46 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Conservative 1st, republican sometime)
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To: Deek1969

Ben - he is an anal pore of the highest degree.


4 posted on 10/18/2007 6:55:27 PM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: bmwcyle

yep! it is contagious


5 posted on 10/18/2007 6:55:30 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: Deek1969

6 posted on 10/18/2007 6:55:59 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Deek1969

I’ve met Stein. He’s admitidly very liberal, except economics. Still, either pretty disappointing, or like some of us, we have friends that are liberal, and we can still get along very well.


7 posted on 10/18/2007 6:57:42 PM PDT by Professional
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To: elpadre

Politics aside, I don’t care for Franken’s lack of class or poor decorum.

In other words, he’s a perfect match for these people who have destroyed my party.


8 posted on 10/18/2007 6:57:53 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Life was better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not)
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To: Deek1969

Ben Stein is dead to me


9 posted on 10/18/2007 6:58:06 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Cleveland Indians 2007, Fred Thompson 2008)
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To: bmwcyle

He gave a friend of 30yrs 2G’s....he didn’t marry him! Ben’s still OK with me!


10 posted on 10/18/2007 6:58:50 PM PDT by tajgirvan ( Go Rockies! PTL !!!)
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To: Deek1969

The Ferris Buhler tape has just been burned.


11 posted on 10/18/2007 6:59:41 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Deek1969

smart liberal = oxymoron


12 posted on 10/18/2007 6:59:42 PM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Democrats - Party of death and taxes)
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To: Apercu

LOL!


13 posted on 10/18/2007 7:00:42 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Apercu
Ben - he is an anal pore of the highest degree.

No, for many years he was a very good guy. He apparently has let a long friendship with an old lefty cloud his judgement. Honestly, it is a crying shame.

14 posted on 10/18/2007 7:00:48 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Loud Mime

agreed


15 posted on 10/18/2007 7:05:32 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: Loud Mime

agreed


16 posted on 10/18/2007 7:05:39 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: NeoCaveman

He’s a disappointment to me also. And goner too.


17 posted on 10/18/2007 7:08:00 PM PDT by mcshot (Missing my grade school desk which protected from nuclear blasts.)
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To: Deek1969

Any one else starting to feel like the “conservative movement” was just one giant practical joke that the elites pulled on us fly-over-country hicks?

Maybe we are just the unknowing stars in a 30-year-long movie entitled “Fool Them Once . . . “


18 posted on 10/18/2007 7:08:38 PM PDT by donna (Whoopi on Communism: “We haven’t given it enough time.”)
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To: Deek1969

Good Bye, Ben.


19 posted on 10/18/2007 7:10:46 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Deek1969

It’s one thing to give money to an old friend. It’s quite another to say nice things about a jerk like Franken and to let your name be used to promote him. Ben, you are goofy.


20 posted on 10/18/2007 7:11:43 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: Deek1969

Maybe he gave Norm Coleman 5K?


21 posted on 10/18/2007 7:13:02 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Staying home or voting 3rd Party, Elects Hillary!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I could see him endorsing a serious statesmanlike Dim who is a 30 year friend, but, Franken????

Good grief.

22 posted on 10/18/2007 7:15:07 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Deek1969

Ben, I’ve respected your intelligence and incite for years. However, you just “jumped the shark” with that comment. WTF are you thinking? Franken is a hardcore socialist. He is exactly the type of person we don’t need in Congress...


23 posted on 10/18/2007 7:16:08 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Rocky

Ever since Ben Stein has gone to work for the NYTimes about a year ago, he has turned very liberal. He has jumped the shark. I used to like him. Not much now.


24 posted on 10/18/2007 7:16:16 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Thinking out loud while grinding teeth in political frustration)
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To: Deek1969

Ben Stein is fiscal conservative. He has no place in today’s Republican Party.


25 posted on 10/18/2007 7:16:26 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Deek1969
Buhler,...Buhler,....Franken,...Franken...
26 posted on 10/18/2007 7:17:27 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Deek1969

That S.O.B. has polluted our culture and run down our leaders for 30 years.

Anyone who sides with him is a moron- or something more sinister.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Mr “Nixon Republican”.


27 posted on 10/18/2007 7:18:33 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: Deek1969

28 posted on 10/18/2007 7:18:43 PM PDT by Grig
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To: Deek1969

Stein is typical of the money first, Country Club mentality.

This freakin idiot doesn’t know or care we are at war.

Hey Ben, they don’t make pockets in shrouds


29 posted on 10/18/2007 7:19:37 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: Deek1969

Franken told Stein that if he didn’t contribute, he’d follow ben to New Hampshire and tackle him in front of Howard Dean.


30 posted on 10/18/2007 7:19:37 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Deek1969

Franken must have some dirt on Stein.

This is disgusting.

How anyone could support this fool for public office completely escapes me.

Sorry, Ben.
You’ve lost a lot of fans.

Your betraying the troops you so much support with this endorsement.


31 posted on 10/18/2007 7:19:57 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: All

Ben lost me when I saw him on Fox News advocating for Federal tax increases last year. This is just icing on the cake. Buh bye, Ben.


32 posted on 10/18/2007 7:21:52 PM PDT by SamKeck
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To: Deek1969

“I’m neutral in this race but I’m for freedom of speech, which means people should be able to assemble and speak without being shouted down.”

— Al Franken, after hug-tackling heckler at DNC Event where Howard Dean was speaking, New York Post, Jan. 27, 2004


33 posted on 10/18/2007 7:22:33 PM PDT by flowerplough ("Ferret's Elf", by Stephan Pastis)
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To: Deek1969

I hereby decree Ben Stein to be Officially Written Off.

It’s one thing to write a check to your old comedy-showbiz friend EVEN THOUGH he’s 170 degrees off to your left. “I’ll help you a little here, but you know we disagree on policy, old buddy.”

It’s quite another to abandon your principles like this.

Goodbye, Ben Stein. It was fun while you were conservative.


34 posted on 10/18/2007 7:23:03 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: xJones
I was referring to “Stuart Smalley” Franken.Ben is (was) a very smart man & a patriot - I too am at a loss as to his defection to this socialist pig.
35 posted on 10/18/2007 7:28:50 PM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Deek1969

Ben, you’re killing me.


36 posted on 10/18/2007 7:29:02 PM PDT by RichInOC (God, You took John Belushi and left Al Franken. Can we make a trade?)
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To: flaglady47

Gag, I didn’t know he was working for the NYT these days. That explains some of the things he has written in the past few months.


37 posted on 10/18/2007 7:31:18 PM PDT by Rocky
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To: Deek1969
Tossing 2k to a longtime friend is one thing, but I wonder who BS would vote for in 2008 if he lived in Minnesota?
38 posted on 10/18/2007 7:33:49 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Deek1969

I always liked Stein but anyone who could support that piece fo despicable trash and total scum of the earth can’t be a decent person.


39 posted on 10/18/2007 7:36:02 PM PDT by yarddog (`)
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To: Deek1969

Puke.....I want to PUKE.....I thought Ben Stein had some sense. WRONG.


40 posted on 10/18/2007 7:37:42 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: Deek1969

Puke.....I want to PUKE.....I thought Ben Stein had some sense. WRONG.


41 posted on 10/18/2007 7:38:34 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: tajgirvan

I have liberal friends. I would never give them money if they ran for office. Only a fool would do that.


42 posted on 10/18/2007 7:40:41 PM PDT by bmwcyle (BOMB, BOMB, BOMB,.......BOMB, BOMB IRAN)
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To: Professional

very liberal? so why did he get this
http://www.nrlc.org/news/2003/NRL05/tenth_annual_proudly_pro.htm
“Ben Stein promotes the sanctity of human life everywhere he goes and is particularly effective when he speaks to college students at campuses across the country.”


43 posted on 10/18/2007 7:45:58 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: Professional

Well, he is pro-life. He speaks for free for college pro-life groups.


44 posted on 10/18/2007 7:46:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Deek1969

it doesn’t make any sense!


45 posted on 10/18/2007 7:48:59 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: Deek1969

That makes 2 people I've scratched off my good list this week:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Ben Stein

46 posted on 10/18/2007 7:56:33 PM PDT by yellowhammer ( Mitt Romney '08)
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To: bmwcyle

A fool or a fraud


47 posted on 10/18/2007 7:58:10 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Rocky

From Wiki:

“A frequent writer, Ben Stein has authored books on several topics, including economics. He writes a regular column in the conservative magazine The American Spectator. He has also written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Penthouse, Los Angeles Magazine and Barron’s Magazine, where his discussion of the Michael Milken Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond situation, as well as the ethical dimensions of management buyouts, attracted heavy US national attention in the 1980s and 1990s.

He currently writes a regular column for the Sunday New York Times Business Section and for Yahoo! Finance online.”


48 posted on 10/18/2007 7:59:41 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Thinking out loud while grinding teeth in political frustration)
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To: yellowhammer

What ever respect I had for Ben Stein just went to ZERO!


49 posted on 10/18/2007 8:00:32 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Deek1969

Look like Ben Stein is now Ben Over...sad


50 posted on 10/18/2007 8:04:58 PM PDT by tophat9000 (You need to have standards to fail and be a hypocrite, Dem's therefor are never hypocrites)
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