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October 03, 2005

Al Franken to Mainers: no questions please

On Saturday, Al Franken spoke at the College Democrats state convention held at Bowdoin College in Maine. He uttered most of the expected things during his speech and in an interview afterwards.

For instance, speaking of Our Leader, he says:

"He blew it big time. He's incompetent and corrupt. And he's been that way from the beginning... He's lied to us. And he's stupid."

If elected to the Senate, Stuart intends to seek Bush's impeachment.

Gov. John Baldacci joined the radio star, uttering this never-to-be-forgotten message:

"If we're going to change the world, it's going to begin with you... You are the young leaders."

Showing a complete inability to understand policy, Franken also said:

"I don't get how gay marriage threatens heterosexual marriage... The only threat is divorce."

Then, comes this curious bit:

In an interview with The Maine Campus after the speech, Franken responded to views that his radio show is "hyperbolic twaddle," and at the same time, attacked conservative talk show host Limbaugh.

Who exactly expresses things using that phrase? Is that something O'Reilly said? Or, did the Maine Campus say people were saying that about Al? "How would you respond to all those people who say you're a complete and utter idiot and buffoon, Mr. Franken?"

Then, Al informs them that there's no such thing as the liberal media.

However, the best bit comes from this article:

Many in the audience, regardless of their political views, were disappointed that there was no question-and-answer session following Franken's speech... Frank Chi, co-president of the Bowdoin College Democrats, said, "While we would have loved to have Mr. Franken receive questions from the audience, there was a stipulation in his contract that did not allow for him to do so."

Alternatively, you can be like WLBZ and concentrate on the good things about Al. They title their report "National Radio Personality Visits Maine", and the only thing they report asking him about is his wedding anniversary. I call that the "TV Station Asks Celebrity a Question" technique.

Posted in StuartSmalley at October 3, 2005 10:03 PM


Ummm....I guess Big Gay Al has a bit of a problem with numbers. He is supposed to be running in 2008. If, by some stroke of luck (and ballot box rigging) he actually gets ELECTED in 2008....he would not take office until January 2009. I do believe we will elect a new President that takes office that same month.

So, sorry Big Gay Al....either you are too stupid to know it or can't do the math....but you can't impeach somebody who's NOT IN OFFICE! What an idiot.

Posted by: Dave at October 4, 2005 06:43 AM

I know you don't like Franken, but he did make a valid point that you glossed over:

How does same-sex marriage threaten marriage? And why doesn't divorce?

Posted by: Jaxebad at October 4, 2005 01:07 PM

Franken's opponent would only have to run one commercial: They need to get a video copy of that Howard Dean rally where Franken screams that Brit Hume is "an a##hole" who is "m#####f###ing shameless". Run that commercial a few times, and the race is over.

Posted by: Scott at October 4, 2005 10:01 PM

Would you base complicated policy on something as simplistic as Franken's marriage quip? Obviously, there's a bit more to it than his quote would suggest.

Posted by: The Lonewacko Blog at October 6, 2005 01:02 AM

Lateline unfunny boy will never make it out of the primary.

Posted by: GregD at October 6, 2005 11:48 AM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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