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Senator Al Franken: Goodbye to the Class Clown
Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/04/09 | Kevin Diaz/Pat Doyle - Staff Reporters

Posted on 07/06/2009 11:33:21 AM PDT by MplsSteve

After Al Franken is sworn in to the U.S. Senate this week, the nation will be watching to see how the former entertainer performs in a theater where cooperation trumps controversy and wise politicians survive wiseguys.

Preparing for his new role, one of the first people Franken sought out was Tamara Luzzatto, chief of staff for Hillary Clinton when she was in the Senate.

"A number of people have told me to study the Hillary model of being a senator," Franken said after they met last February. "Put your head down and do the work."

Franken appears determined to establish credibility as a serious lawmaker. No acerbic wit. No bombastic attacks on conservatives.

Goodbye Stuart Smalley, the goofy, mincing self-help guru from "Saturday Night Live." Hello, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

"We're going to see a new Al Franken," said analyst Steven Schier, who teaches politics at Carleton College. "Or at least the same Al Franken we've seen in recent months, an Al Franken on Valium, so to speak -- very low-key."

Franken's attempts at a muted tone will likely be tested by the news media horde that will greet his arrival in the Capitol, along with a jam-packed legislative agenda.

"It's going to be about as crazy as one can imagine," said longtime Franken friend and Congress observer Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Without a chance to catch his breath and ease into the job, Ornstein said, Franken's arrival will be "like being dropped into the middle of a tsunami."

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 111th; alfranken; behavior; senatorial
As a (almost life-long) Minnesota, I really have to say that I am ashamed of my state.

I am at a loss (although I've tried) to explain how this state could elect an assclown (personally, politically and professionally) to the US Senate.

As I read the headline for this article, I winced at the words "Senator Al Franken". I know I'll wince more at hearing the words "Senator Al Franken."

His election, regardless of whether a person thinks was stolen or not, was a travesty - given Franken's past record of classless humor and political bombast.

There's no doubt Franken will try the Hillary Clinton method - working hard and keeping his mouth closed. The question is whether he's really capable of doing that or not.

The jury remains out on that. Given his past anger mgmt issues, I'm inclined to think not. Time will tell, I guess.

Comments or opiniions - anyone?

1 posted on 07/06/2009 11:33:21 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 07/06/2009 11:34:52 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Franken = Caligula’s horse

Shame on Mn


3 posted on 07/06/2009 11:35:50 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: MplsSteve

He can be as crazy and vicious as he wants to be.

In this crew, he really won’t stand out.


4 posted on 07/06/2009 11:36:07 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: MplsSteve
Without a chance to catch his breath and ease into the job, Ornstein said, Franken's arrival will be "like being dropped into the middle of a tsunami."

Let's see, the rest of the Senate began at the beginning of the term. What else has Franken had to do, really, except 'catch his breath,' and meet with the lawyers in charge of stealing the election?

5 posted on 07/06/2009 11:36:56 AM PDT by newheart (Obama. We kind of underestimated the creepiness.)
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To: MplsSteve

“Goodbye to the class clown” and “Hello to the village idiot”.


6 posted on 07/06/2009 11:36:57 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: MplsSteve

Did you hear him reading a statement a few hours ago? If my child read and sounded like he did he’d be in a remedial reading class.


7 posted on 07/06/2009 11:37:40 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: MplsSteve
I like how at his press conference he said he wanted to be considered “number 2 from Minnesota”.........

I agree with that 100 per cent

8 posted on 07/06/2009 11:38:04 AM PDT by sfvgto (Dear Congress, my name is Jimmie....gimmie, gimmie, gimmie)
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To: MplsSteve

9 posted on 07/06/2009 11:38:18 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: MplsSteve

Coleman won by 752 votes.
The ACORN Sec of State agreed to the recount,
and EVERY decision in the recount process went in Franken’s favor.

Stolen election, plain and simple.

Stalin: “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”


10 posted on 07/06/2009 11:39:18 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: MplsSteve

Franken being elected to the Senate is a glaring example of what is wrong with this country. There is no way that jack@ss should have even been electable.


11 posted on 07/06/2009 11:39:21 AM PDT by KansasGirl (I still think Obama is just plain creepy.)
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To: MplsSteve

If he follows the Hillary model he will get nothing done. This might be a good thing.


12 posted on 07/06/2009 11:40:06 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MplsSteve
Senator Al Franken Pictures, Images and Photos
13 posted on 07/06/2009 11:41:01 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: sinanju
In this crew, he really won’t stand out.

Yeah, at first I figured the article would be better titled, 'Goodbye to Class.' But then I decided the Senate lost that long ago.

14 posted on 07/06/2009 11:41:47 AM PDT by newheart (Obama. We kind of underestimated the creepiness.)
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To: MplsSteve
My humble opinion is that it was "Minnesota Nice" that got us this bumbling idiot as a United States Senator. That, and voter disenfranchisement.

I look forward to Minnesotans growing up someday. Hubert Humphrey, Paul Wellstone, Jesse Ventura, Stuart Smalley. It looks to me like a permanent, multi-generational, case of terminal political naivete.

Regards,

TS

15 posted on 07/06/2009 11:42:39 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: KansasGirl

The media also helped elect this loser. It’s pretty much a summation of where we are as a society. The media is winning....


16 posted on 07/06/2009 11:42:40 AM PDT by oust the louse (This Country now has a smelly BO problem.....)
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To: y6162

Are we gonna start calling him “Senator Smalley”?


17 posted on 07/06/2009 11:42:53 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: johniegrad
After having a 'DOG' running the House and an 'ASS' running the Senate - giving the American public a horrific 'Dog and Pony' show...

now the U.S. CONGRESS has been officially ordained as a...

THREE RING CIRCUS

with the arrival of the 'CLOWN FROM MINNESOTA'.
18 posted on 07/06/2009 11:43:30 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: MplsSteve

Can’t do any worse than Illinois with Little Dick “Gulag” Turban and Roland “Rolly the Boo” Burris. The shame can go around plenty...


19 posted on 07/06/2009 11:45:15 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: y6162

I thought Hillary = Caligula’s horse. I’m so confused.


20 posted on 07/06/2009 11:46:41 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: MplsSteve

That asshat is too old to change. He is what he is.


21 posted on 07/06/2009 11:47:40 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: sfvgto

“I like how at his press conference he said he wanted to be considered “number 2 from Minnesota”.........

fecAl Franken, MN’s #2.


22 posted on 07/06/2009 11:47:41 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: ichabod1

“I thought Hillary = Caligula’s horse. I’m so confused.”

Hillary is hereby demoted to merely “horse.”


23 posted on 07/06/2009 11:48:24 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: MplsSteve

Franken will never be taken seriously.
Never.

He has a goofy background.
He is a pervert.
He is an extreme leftist.
He is a tax cheat.
His temper will come out.

He was clearly elected for the sole purpose of pissing off conservatives. I, for one, will not give the guy a break or the benefit of the doubt.

Its hard to fathom how the state can vote for one of the worst senators (Franken) and one of the best congressman (Bachman). There must be a lot of common sense outside the metro area and a total lack of it inside the metro area.


24 posted on 07/06/2009 12:02:49 PM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: The Shrew

Disagree we may with Humphrey, but he does not belong in that list. Remember, HHH threw the commies out of the DFL. He was also pro-2A, for the same reason that the Founding Fathers intended - as a last defense against domestic tyranny. And here we are.


25 posted on 07/06/2009 12:05:05 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: MplsSteve

I knew I didn’t like Norman Ornstien, now that I know he’s a “longtime friend” of franken, I know why.


26 posted on 07/06/2009 12:06:46 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: MplsSteve
Elections have consequences..

..just another worthless perversion of our system by the hyphenated group, Deadbeat-Americans electing one of their own.

It will only cause more grief and misery to millions of regular Americans...

27 posted on 07/06/2009 12:13:02 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: MplsSteve

What a jerk this guy is...how embarrassing for Minnesota.


28 posted on 07/06/2009 12:13:51 PM PDT by Fawn (Rush Limbaugh---> America's pinata)
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To: MplsSteve
I really have to say that I am ashamed of my state.

You're not alone.

My state elected a musclebound moron as governor and Barbara Boxer as senator. Oh, and Pelosi too.

29 posted on 07/06/2009 12:15:51 PM PDT by Lizavetta (Politicians: When they're not lying, they're stealing.)
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To: MplsSteve

Look for the Franken jokes to start flowing.


30 posted on 07/06/2009 12:20:26 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Live Long And Prosper!"-Mr. Spock:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: MplsSteve

Sadly I am soon to move to northern Minnesota and will have dumb and dumber for my Senators. Franken will proceed to be be an Obama lapdog and will push legislation most Minnesotans will find odious. His anti-gun positions will not play well in most of Minnesota and he may be the key vote to give us economy killing cap and trade. I would be willing to bet he will NOT be re-elected unless ACORN is able to stuff ballot boxes better than Hugo Chavez.


31 posted on 07/06/2009 12:21:16 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: MplsSteve

The US Parliament of Whores
http://lugar.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=315229&;


32 posted on 07/06/2009 12:21:35 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: MplsSteve

Will Rogers said that Congress was far funnier than he was. Except that every time they made a joke, it was a law. And every time they made a law, it was a joke.


33 posted on 07/06/2009 12:25:14 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: Fred Hayek
Then we can agree to disagree. IMHO, the list represents a trend downward. The democrat party of the 1960's was a good deal further to the center than it is today, but it was the democrat party of the 1960's that got Minnesota - and us - to where we are today.

Regards,

TS

34 posted on 07/06/2009 12:26:57 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: oust the louse; Free ThinkerNY; sheik yerbouty; oswegodeee; freekitty; justiceseeker93; flat; ...

RAT corruption foisted this schmuck on the nation. Thank ACORN too.


35 posted on 07/06/2009 12:32:14 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: MplsSteve

Is there a mechanism in Minnesota to recall or remove Senators?

Do you think there my be enough “buyer’s remorse” or anger over the recount to recall (insert derogatory adjective here) Franken?


36 posted on 07/06/2009 12:32:44 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (I won't be happy until Jet-A is less than $2.00 a gallon)
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To: MplsSteve
I know I'll wince more at hearing the words "Senator Al Franken."

Wincing more or less than when you hear the words "President Barack Hussein Obama"?

37 posted on 07/06/2009 12:33:52 PM PDT by ssaftler (OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: MplsSteve
"Put your head down and do the work."

This was a joke right? work? congressman?
38 posted on 07/06/2009 12:46:35 PM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: MplsSteve

“Fellow bums...er, Senators....”


39 posted on 07/06/2009 12:51:56 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

Harry Reid was concerned about the Senate Democrats’ reputation as clowns, so he brought in a professional.


40 posted on 07/06/2009 12:53:02 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: PhiloBedo

There’s no recall mechanism that I’m aware.

Impeachment and removal of a US Senator would have to come from within the Senate. And that body, regardless of who’s in control, is loathe to eject a fellow member.

The closest they came was back in ‘81 when Senator Harrison Williams (D-NJ) got tangled up in Abscam and decided to resign rather than face possible impeachment proceedings.

Buyers remorse will happen. And it won’t be the first time either. Back about ‘99 or ‘00, a lot of Minnesota voters looked at Gov Jesse Ventura and said “I can’t believe I voted for that bloviating piece of garbage”.


41 posted on 07/06/2009 1:21:10 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

MN also elected Jesse Ventura and Paul “Red” Wellstone. It can’t bother ‘em too much to be represented in the Senate by a Clown.


42 posted on 07/06/2009 1:27:27 PM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: MplsSteve

Honestly, I just watched his acceptance speech here..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAo8Ufq0B2I&feature=related

Even though he is loony toons, he sounds just like every other politician, same old BS and platitudes. What a said day for Americans.


43 posted on 07/06/2009 1:31:27 PM PDT by ScreamingFist
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To: MplsSteve

Yes, by all means Al F, don’t be yourself, ‘cause that’ll NEVER work.


44 posted on 07/06/2009 1:53:38 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: MplsSteve
Comments or opiniions - anyone?

He will always be the 'Senator-Select'.

A disgrace to the State of Minnesota and an abomination to the United States Senate.

45 posted on 07/06/2009 2:22:49 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: MplsSteve

One wonders if the election were held today, whther the outcome would be the same. I think not. They would not add this individual to the mix in light of all that has transpired since the election.


46 posted on 07/07/2009 7:50:24 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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