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April 08, 2007

Al Franken to fete CAIR-linked Keith Ellison; Wonkette helps

David Sirota sends word that on April 19th, Al Franken will be emceeing a "gala" from the Progressive States Network which will fete Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (the "liberal"-with-a-crewcut guy) as well as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Ellison is the first Muslim in Congress, and he's linked to the Council on American-Islamic Relations ("CAIR"), a supposedly mainstream group that certainly isn't (1,2,3,4).

Meanwhile, over in Time, Ana Marie Cox - the super-lightweight "reporter" who formerly wrote for the then-and-now sleaze site Wonkette - offers a paen to Stuart Smalley called "Don't Laugh at Al Franken"

[Mark Drake, spokesman for the Minnesota GOP] says [Franken's long line of "jokes"] get at a "larger truth" about Franken: he's got an anger issue. He once literally tackled a stubborn heckler at a Howard Dean rally after the security staff failed to eject the man. And at the 2003 White House correspondents' dinner, he greeted Karl Rove with the words "I hate you." (Franken has said they just "gibed each other a little.")

Not everything's going smoothly in the Smalley campaign:

Franken walks into a precinct meeting and has already begun his 60-second stump speech when the audience's slightly puzzled expressions prompt him to ask, "Have I interrupted the process?" A beat of silence. "That's O.K.," someone says. Slightly rattled, Franken ends quickly. I'm not sure if he hears it when someone calls, "Yeah, who are you?" Fortunately, someone else answers for him: "That was Al Franken."

Meanwhile, over in "Franken's satire might become issue":

"He is going to have a lot of explaining to do," said Republican activist Annette Meeks, "because some of the stuff he's said is so inflammatory and so personally hurtful. And it's not just the content -- yes, people know it's satire -- but it's the tone." ...For instance, Franken described Norm Coleman, the incumbent Republican, as "one of the administration's leading butt boys." That appears in Franken's 2005 book, "The Truth (with Jokes)." ...Franken has said he believes Coleman has been subservient to the Bush administration. But he says he'll replace the phrase with "lapdog."

Posted in StuartSmalley at April 8, 2007 01:27 PM

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