Senator Al Franken.
If I’m trying to wrap my brain around the concept of Al Franken as a U.S. Senator imagine how those douchebags at Faux News like Bill O’ Reilly are taking it.
Not well. Not well at all.
O’Reilly whined it was “a sad day for America: Al Franken is now a U.S. Senator. He is a blatantly dishonest individual, a far-left zealot who is not qualified to hold any office.” Bill-O then plugged one of his crappy books, Culture Warrior, and referred viewers to page 96 to read more of his Franken bashing.
But O’Reilly had plenty of company at Rupert Murdoch’s toy shop drinking the haterade.
Glenn Beck: “It shows how crazy our country has gone. You don’t want me as a Senator. You don’t want Al Franken as a Senator.”
Sean Hannity: “Al Franken…he’s not all there, folks.”
Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends: “But straight ahead, let’s talk about who’s safe now that Al Franken’s going to be in the Senate. He’s a senator from Minnesota — yes, I said it out loud, and it hurts, but I said it.”
I got three words for the fine folks at the “fair and balanced” network: SUCK ON IT!
They can all spend the next six years living in denial and whining about Senator Franken, but they can’t change it. Unlike a Rush Limbaugh or O’Reilly, Franken has taken on the challenge of not just sitting behind a microphone or camera and pontificating about the problems of the nation; he’s actually going to try and do something about it.
I look forward to Franken being a lion of liberalism in the Senate and keeping both the Obama Administration and Republicans honest. God knows there are enough timid Democrats already in the Senate. Hopefully, Franken will follow in the footsteps of another great Minnesota liberal, the late Paul Wellstone who also looked kind of nerdy, but stood up for and wouldn’t back away from his liberal principles.
Franken has said he loved Senator Wellstone. The best way for Franken to honor Wellstone would be to follow his observation, “I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God’s children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they’re boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless of rich or poor, that every child I hold in my hands, will have the same chance to reach her full potential or his full potential. That is the goodness of our country. That is the essence of the American dream.”
Go get ’em, Al. Kick ass.