When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out his opposition to Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, someone in the chamber appeared to be moving around in his chair, gasping and rolling his eyes.
It was Sen. Al Franken.
Moments before Kagan’s confirmation vote Thursday, the Minnesota Democrat was presiding over the Senate — and the Kentucky Republican thought the freshman senator was mocking his speech. Upon the conclusion of his remarks, a very irritated McConnell removed his microphone, approached the dais and confronted the former comedian.
“This isn’t ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Al,” McConnell told Franken sternly, according to people who overheard the exchange.
Franken later apologized to McConnell.
“The leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan,” Franken said in a statement to POLITICO. “He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully. I went directly to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn’t there, so I’ve sent him a handwritten note.”
Franken couldn’t bring himself to admit that he was acting like a Freshman in high school and not a fresham senator: “the leader thought I was disrespectful.” How about manning up Al and admit that you act like a jackass most of the time? There’s supposed to be a sort of decorum to the Senate that I guess Al never has figured out. Of course, the left thinks he’s being cute but let it be Harry Reid up there being mocked and there would be calls for censure and all kinds of stuff.
By Burt Prelutsky (Archive) · Monday, April 12, 2010
During the presidential campaign, a lot of people insisted that Obama was really a Muslim pretending to be a Christian. I wasn’t one of them. I did figure, though, that if my name was Barack Hussein Obama and I was going to run for president a mere seven years after 9/11, I wouldn’t admit I was a Muslim, either. On the other hand, I, personally, would have sooner trusted a Muslim who’d been attending a mosque in Dearborn for 20 years than a Christian who’d been attending a racist, anti-American church in Chicago for all that time.
Anybody, after all, can claim to be a Christian. The proof, in the words of that fabulous effing wordsmith, Joe Biden, is in the pudding, and when I learned that among Obama’s friends and mentors were such notorious anti-Semites as Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Rashid Khalidi and Father Pfleger, it certainly kick-started my suspicions about his religious convictions. Still, as I saw it, when in Chicago, you do as Chicagoans do. And, that being the case, I figured that in such swampland, even if a saint were to wade into Chicago politics, he would eventually be knee-deep in snakes and alligators named Tony Rezko, Richard Daley and Bill Ayers.
“What Obama Zombies need to understand is that social justice is a euphemism for socialism; respecting property is the real justice, not what some college kid or Washington bureaucrat thinks is unfair. What’s interesting is that liberals are all for “spreading the wealth around” except when it’s their own.”
Jason Mattera/Obama Zombies
This book is witty and funny. It’s also sad that so many idealistic kids were duped and used by the Obama machine. Mattera tells the tale of how the campaign used Facebook, Twitter and cell phones to take over the youth vote. It’s a fascinating read and I bought it with the intent that my kids read it – after I do, of course.
Bear with me if this becomes a flight of ideas but I think I’m onto something – or I’m schizophrenic. You be the judge.
Joanne Woodward/The Three Faces of Eve
The 2 party system that we have has splintered off in major ways and it’s a more dangerous way for the democrats, specifically. The democrats risk being labeled and lumped with the progressives, who are way off the democrat/left side of the charts and are really Marxists with a more palatable moniker. I mean seriously, can you imagine Hillary standing up in a debate and admitting to being a marxist?
Of course not. She answers the question with elaborate subterfuge as she frames her marxist ideology with early 20th century Americanism.
Now, by Hillary’s definition, being a marxist progressive doesn’t sound so UnAmerican, does it?
The democrats are grappling with a pushy, bossy, crude, rude and loud far left faction. These are the folks like Al Franken and Nancy Pelosi who are both saying “damn the torpedoes, full health care down your throats! We don’t care what the people of Massachusetts said!”
On the normal, almost sane side of what has been known historically as THE democrat party are politicians like Evan Bayh. These guys are cautioning their far left comrades to stop, back up, and take a look at the landscape:
“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this [the Massachusetts election],” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”
As I said, I think the personality break in the democrat party is much more dangerous than that in the republican party. The progressives want to REMAKE America, throw out the Constitution and write a second (read that- new and different) bill of rights. Their counter parts, the tea partiers, want to RETURN America to it’s original founding and the original contract with America, the Constitution.
The tea partiers have become a major force in the republican party and their impact on the Massachusetts race can’t be underscored enough. Like the democrat’s progressives, the tea partiers are loud and bossy but nothing close to as crude or rude as their counter parts. As a rule they don’t participate in the kinds of dirty tricks that the progressives have. One need look no further than the treatment of Sarah Palin and the whisper campaigns/lies about her and her family to see the level that the progressives will go to further their agenda.
To be clear, the tea partiers are not a faction of the republican party. There a large number of independents, some democrats and many republicans in their ranks. They are conservatives of many kinds, fiscal, social, etc. and the so-called angry mob who believe their country is being stolen from them by the marxists progressives.
What we have is a schizophrenic battle. The American psyche has disassociated into multiple personalities and at least one or 2 of them are fighting for ultimate supremacy.
But historically, in America, it doesn’t work that way. No one party can or should ever control every thing. It’s a recipe for tyranny and having done it now for over a year, the lesson has been learned, I pray. We have seen what happens when one party is shut out and not allowed a voice at any legislative table. A nation that prides itself on the premise of fair play, won’t stand for this kind of one-sidedness for long. And in less than 10 months, they will rectify this.
As Evan Bayh said, “Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country — that’s not going to work too well.”
No Senator, it hasn’t worked too well and Virginia, New Jersey and now, Massachusetts have proven that. Let’s hope that your words aren’t falling on marxist progressive deaf ears.
Coakley attorney Marc Elias speaking now, claiming spoiled ballots … Elias is Al Franken’s former campaign attorney. Yep.
They are setting the stage. Here comes the long, drawn out contested race from the (presumably) losing side.Coakley will claim that the other side cheated and there will be all kinds of recounts and recounts of recounts.
We’ve received several independent and disturbing reports of voters across the state being handed ballots that are already marked in favor of Scott Brown. This is obviously a serious violation, and our legal team is taking immediate steps to protect the integrity of this election.
We do not yet know why this is happening, but you and everyone you know needs to be aware of the situation so that you can carefully inspect your ballot. If a vote has already been marked, you must return the ballot to the elections official, demand a clean ballot, and call our Voter Protection Hotline at 617-351-6866.
Since I posted some audio of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) sending me to his press secretary recently, Mr. Franken has acted up quite a bit on the Senate floor in an unusual fashion for a freshman senator. He had an intense exchange with Senator John Thune (R – S.D.), the number four Republican in the GOP leadership, on Monday after Mr. Franken introduced a motion for the health care bill to change an excise tax to surtax(video below).
Yesterday, Mr. Franken did not allow senior Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) an extension to an alloted ten minutes to continue remarks on the floor. Yet again, Mr. Franken’s action against Mr. Lieberman was unusual for a freshman senator. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) commented on Senator Franken’s response towards the Connecticut Senator(video below).:
“I’ve been in this Senate 20-something years and it’s the first time I’ve seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks. I don’t know what’s happening here, but I think it’s wrong.”
Senator Franken seems to enjoy tweaking a few individuals in the Senate itself, but he folds like a cheap lawn chair the moment he leaves the floor and is thrown the most benign questions from reporters who are waiting outside. Mr. Franken’s canned “speak to my press secretary” responses are beginning to wear thin on reporters around the Capitol. Pretending to be a player in the Senate and actually being one are two different things, and he is only making enemies too early on. If the Senator from Minnesota wants to play rough in the sandbox, he should learn how to play the game.