On One Hand

July 2, 2009

Welcome to the Senate, Al Franken!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 4:24 pm

A reminder of why the ideological Right was so virulently opposed to Al Franken as senator from Minnesota:

Most politicians intentionally avoid such spats as head-on debates with fringe figures like Ann Coulter; they don’t win many friends beyond those who were already on your side, but they do win enemies. Meanwhile, it was Franken who wrote a book titled Lies, and the Lying Liars who Tell Them, about Fox News and political commentators from the right, including Ann Coulter. Franken did his homework and was very well-sourced and careful to avoid making points that are disingenuous or easy to refute, something that another icon of the Left, Michael Moore, often failed to do. But Al Franken wasn’t likely to pry away any followers of the ideological Right for his work, and the very title of his book indicated he wasn’t interested in making friends across the aisle.

On the other hand, Al Franken’s is a demonstration of how much the Democratic brand was outperforming the Republican brand in 2008; try imagining Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity unseating an incumbent Democrat from any state.



  1. Thanks for reminding me about the last 8 years under the Bush administration when people like her and her rhetoric came to prominence.

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    Comment by tempur_tempur — July 3, 2009 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  2. Ann Coulter is a filthy twat.

    Comment by bon_homme_dane — July 3, 2009 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

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