Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!

Al Franken has been declared the Senator-elect from Minnesota. Franken, whose previous contributions to the political arena have included such thoughtful books as Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, will now be the 60th Democrat in the Senate. If possible, he will tilt the chamber further to the left.

It will be interesting to see how he gets along with colleagues across the aisle. It was only a couple of years ago that he wrote, “Republicans are shameless dicks. No, that’s not fair. Republican politicians are shameless dicks.” I’m not seeing a lot of bi-partisanship there.

Hopefully he’s given up violence as a means of controlling free speech. Back in 2004, he body-slammed a demonstrator at a Howard Dean rally. He justified his actions by saying, “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.” Apparently that means people who assemble and agree with the man on the stump. After all, he didn’t say people should be free to assemble and speak without being knocked down. It’s a good thing he’s in the quieter Senate rather than in the more robust House of Representatives. There should be less opportunity for body slamming the opposition.

I agree with most pundits that being the filibuster-breaking 60th senator is not going to be significant. Filibustering is not a frequent tactic. What is significant is that the President has another ideological comrade in the Senate.

2 Responses to “Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!”

  1. paxam Says:

    Ultimately, Franken is saying what a lot of Democrats think with a more sardonic zing. I mean, we’ve all got books to sell.

    But to take him just for his quips is to miss a lot of the insight he brings to the table too. He’s a Harvard grad and his low-brow wit hides a much more distinguished political acumen. I think it will liven up the party if nothing else. Notice – little p – not big P.

  2. criticalbias Says:

    Please, if Franken is as good as a Senator as he was funny as a comic, Minnesota is going to be saying- we didn’t elect him, he stole the seat.

    I find more wit in my 4 year old’s observations of life, than Al Franken…

    According to Rasmussen today, 44% have a NEGATIVE view of Franken, while only 34% have a positive view of him.

    “Gosh Darn, I’m good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, people don’t like me.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: