The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

01 July 2009

Seating Al Franken Could Ultimately Backfire For Dems


Now, The Post-"Victory" Hangover Begins For Democrats


Are Democrats truly
ready for a Senator Al Franken?

As the party finishes celebrating its stolen election "victory", it must now contend with the sobering reality that a bona fide loose cannon has joined its ranks. The hangover will be unpleasant indeed.

Consider first that Democrats don't actually need Franken, as they've already got a healthy majority. And with Senators Byrd and Kennedy generally unavailable, that magical, filibuster-stopping number 60 isn't as meaningful as it could have been. In addition, other Dems up for re-election next year are already showing signs of keeping distance from Harry Reid & Co.

Soon, Democrats will realize that while the idea of Franken's victory in Minnesota seemed appealing last year, his belated seating now creates unnecessary headaches for the party. Here's why:

Far from being a team player, Franken has always placed his own interests ahead of others. Just ask his former co-workers at Air America Radio, Saturday Night Live and elsewhere.

While ordinary mortals in the Senate chamber are expected to use discretion in their public statements, this is a foreign concept to Franken. His "election" inserts a second Joe Biden into the mix, but with an added nasty edge not normally seen in the hapless vice-president. No matter what he promises, Al will NEVER change. He can't.

Let's face it: Franken's a rather unstable character. It won't take much to set him off. Has it ever? A bit of egging-on and Stuart will blow his top in full public view. Worse, he might even bark like a dog in certain circumstances.

As Franken's actions are now in full public view, the free ride is over. Though the media will continue to defend him, opponents will have better access to the details of his antics. It will become more difficult to escape scrutiny.

Though the Republican Party remains largely inept at this time, even its currently-lackluster leadership must recognize the potential goldmine Franken's seating has unlocked. Especially as he inevitably screws up, Stuart will provide a symbolic face of the Democratic Party that will likely result in additional contributions and votes for Republicans from coast to coast.

The result: Franken is a net-negative for the Dems.

The lesson: be careful what you wish for, sometimes it comes true!

UPDATES: liberals are using this news to warn Harry Reid that he must successfully implement a far-left agenda. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal suggests Franken must begin to win over GOP senators (fat chance) and there are signs of gloating on the left side of the blogosphere.

Classic Franken images: David A Lunde, Pete at IHillary

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  • keep gun away from lonley Rush worshipping blogger

    Franken wins

    don't hurt anyone

    go teabag July 4th buddy

    By Anonymous consflybywindow, at 01 July, 2009 11:11  

  • Another great article, Brian. I've linked to it from my own blog ( as well as Tweeting it all over Twitter.

    And why the heck aren't you on Twitter? You really should be!


    By Blogger J.D. Long, at 01 July, 2009 21:19  

  • Senator Al Franken, sir!

    Our long bucktooth nightmare is finally over.

    By Blogger @whut, at 01 July, 2009 23:12  

  • MoPoop,

    Did you ever get professional mental help? Do you need to be locked away in Bellevue?

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 July, 2009 09:32  

  • Whoy would Brian need to "twitter

    he is a right wing twit already

    By Anonymous ConsloveTheRich,hateworkingpeople, at 02 July, 2009 10:59  

  • I wonder if C-SPAN has a 7-second delay. They're going to need it whenever Franken tries to debate anybody on the Senate floor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 July, 2009 13:13  



    you LOSE
    conservatism= DEAD

    seek help

    Im not a conservative, conservatism is aproven mental disorder

    next time you lsiten to Rush, take the radio into the bathtub with you

    real cons, take the radio into he bathtub, make sure it's plugged in

    and one more thing

    By Anonymous CONSERVATISM=FAILURE, at 02 July, 2009 13:51  

  • MoPoop,

    Unbalanced thugs like you need to be locked up and also shunned from polite society.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 July, 2009 15:23  

  • Given the state of the economy, Senate only able to seat half a horse.

    By Blogger Sherry, at 03 July, 2009 11:35  

  • The liberal losers most be so proud.

    By Blogger pf1, at 07 July, 2009 02:18  

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