Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer has the definitive analysis of the ramifications of Al Franken’s stealing the Senate Seat in Minnesota:
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.
“A rather unstable character” — Heh – heh- heh. That’s to say the very least. Brian has an excellent little blog that’s been all over Franken from Day one and before. Well worth checking out, as well as his other blog on New England Radio.
My condolences to the Land of 10,000 Lakes from an old White Bear Lake boy.