Unfortunately for Franken, I don't think most Minnesotans are going to respond well to his unprecedented history of extreme and mean-spirited name calling. In his many writings and media appearances, Franken has called Republicans every name in the book, including "shameless [expletive deleted]," "right-wing mother[expletive deleted]" and "[expletive deleted] morons." Franken has also referred to former Secretary of State James Baker as a "lying scumbag" and mocked World War II veteran Bob Dole over his war wounds by likening him to the one-armed murderer in the movie, "The Fugitive." In addition, Franken has expressed "hate" for President Bush and joked about executing members of his administration...Note also college student mocking, veteran mocking.
...Even Democrats have taken note of Franken's penchant for slash and burn politics, negative personal attacks and tendency to go too far with his strident rhetoric. DFL State Sen. Tom Bakk has called Franken "too negative." Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi has noted that, "Al Franken has made a living calling people names."
Former Democratic State Senate Leader Allan Spear has said, "I just think there are a lot of things Al Franken has said over the years that are going to sound harsh and they're going to sound in some cases outrageous."
Spear is right on that score. While Franken's well-heeled supporters in Hollywood and Manhattan embrace his scorched earth attacks on Republicans as "human filth" and "nutcases," I am confident most Minnesotans will reject such name calling....
Posted in StuartSmalley at February 18, 2008 12:36 PM
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