Al Franken: Not Good Enough, Not Smart Enough, (and Nobody Likes Him)

Al Franken won his Senate seat by the slimmest of margins. He is not good enough, he is not smart enough, and he should not be liked enough to represent Minnesota once again in the US Senate.

US Senator Al Franken (Source: Johnathunder)
US Senator Al Franken (Source: Johnathunder)

Al Franken was a smash-hit on Saturday Night Live.

The comedy-writer turned comedian turned out comedic gold as "Stuart Smalley", the sweater-wearing, perennially-smiling, Twelve Step advocate with his own limited cable TV show. "Stuart Smalley's" bleached hair, his breached mouth, and his wimpy, dimply face all made us cringe and crack up at the same time. His most common refrain, before during and after every "broadcast" is a refrain which refrains a man from disdaining himself:

"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"

Unfortunately, Franken's caricatured Midwestern, folksy charm did not translate to liberal talk radio. Air America was Franken's brainchild, an alternative to the widespread conservative talk-show spectrum which still rules the airwaves. After a short period of time, the radio network went off the air. Already, Franken was getting used to not getting the positive affirmation which his "self-help" alter-ego so easily dispensed to ethereal viewers.

Having failed at broadcasting, Franken moved back to Minnesota in 2008 to run for the US Senate seat against Norm Coleman. Another New Yorker, Coleman the incumbent had replaced liberal Paul Wellstone in 2002, whose untimely death in a plane crash forced former US Senator, Vice President, and failed Presidential candidate Walter Mondale to resurrect his defeated political career for the Senate seat in 2002. Coleman won.

The Republicans would have ended up being the crucial forty-first vote to stop the Obama juggernaut in 2009 and beyond, if he had won against Franken. Perhaps Coleman will return to office in 2014, running against the current incumbent Franken, an opponent who should never have entered elected office in the first place. Until then, voters in Minnesota should review the former SNL alum's past six years, which still hover under the cloud of dubious election.

Taking a longer look at Franken's record, Minnesotans should be crying instead of laughing. Franken's final victory over Norm Coleman by less than one thousand votes gave Franken the Senate seat and the sixty-vote Democratic supermajority in the US Senate. Today, this country is suffering under Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and wasted trillion-dollar deficits in part because of Franken, the crucial "cloture-clatching" vote in Washington D.C.'s upper chamber.

US Senator Al Franken has proven where he stands on the issues, yet he should not stand once again to represent the Great Lakes State. 

He is not good enough: He never had any substantial legislative experience when he ran for office. He barely won the seat (already mentioned).

He is not smart enough: For a man who gets into petty tiffs on the floor of the US Senate, one would assume that Minnesota voters would expect something more from their junior senator.

And doggone it, fewer voters should like him. Granted, Slate Magazine records that Franken is positioned to win in 2014. Yet how does he justify the terrible leadership of President Obama, which has decimated the private sector with more laws, more regulations, and an unstable tax code laded down with Obamacare, which is already taxing Americans will diminishing access and increasing the costs of health care?

One constituent commented on a YouTube post:

I resent Franken being called the Senator from Minnesota! He's not from Minnesota, he does not represent us from Minnesota, and he cheated to get elected!!! He is an idiot moron, put in place by Obama, and his minions!   

Franken's latest mission has been to undo Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling which permitted corporations to spend unlimited funding on political campaigns. Frankly, Franken's frank displeasure with the ruling obviates the facts. After nearly two billion dollars spent in the 2012 election, the country remains more sorely divided than ever. President Obama won by a lesser margin than in 2008, but Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took in more money than Barack Obama, lost the election.

Looking backward to 2010 in California, wealthy businesswomen Meg Whitman and Carla Fiorina ran for statewide offices with their hefty war chests, yet they lost to their less-wealthy Democratic opponents by ten points. One year before that, New Jersey's Chris Christie coasted into the governor's mansion by four points in two-to-one Democratic state against an incumbent -- who outspent Christie and even counted in his endorsements frequent personal visits by President Barack Obama.

Not money, but the right candidate with the right mission wins elections. If anything, Citizens United has proven that money cannot by elections. So why is Franken wasting his and taxpayers' time trying to create a constitutional amendment striking down Citizens United?

Franken's time in the Saturday Night Live limelight was a brilliant period in his career. As for his term in office, he would be better off writing off the whole six years as an aberration, much like his failed books, short-lived television shows, and one-man radio stint.

Forget Franken for US Senate. He's not good enough. He's not smart enough, and if someone doesn't get him to a Twelve Step recovery program soon, the rest of the country will be drunk and passed out on the red ink of debt, deficits, and demented political dysfunction. Reason enough not to like him.

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The College Whisperer™ February 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Oh, how I love a tirade... ;-)
Swamp Fox February 16, 2014 at 04:43 AM
Laughable character at this point.
Super Fun Size February 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM
So how does a troll from California posting on a Southwest Minneapolis page show up in Nashua, NH Patch? Is this the kind of "local coverage" we should expect from the new Patch Management?
Super Fun Size February 16, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Franken has a 51% approval rating among his constituents, with 43% of voters disapproving of him. - See more at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/al-franken/#sthash.yB4Tcx8v.dpuf
Super Fun Size February 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Al Franken (D-Minn.) raised $1.98 million in the first three months of 2013 for his first reelection campaign next year, from 35,000 donors from every county in Minnesota. Those giving less than $100 accounted for 55 percent of the contributions, that $1.98 million looks to be one of the highest quarterly totals reported so far by senators up for reelection in 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/al-franken-fundraising_n_3064362.html
Super Fun Size February 16, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken raised $12 million in 2013
EJ48 February 16, 2014 at 09:23 AM
@SFS- Arthur's flatulence also appears in the Wantagh-Seaford, Long Island, NY version of Patch. Really need to stop looking at it until Patch gets back to what it is supposed to be.
The College Whisperer™ February 16, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Please, let him rant. After all, nothing disperses the dark storm clouds of ignorance with greater dispatch than exposure to the cleansing light of day!
Andrew February 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Can somebody explain to me why this very silly man is allowed to post his hysterical tirades on this website? Are there really not enough spite-filled and delusional reactionaries in town who can write this sort of garbage? Barrington gave everybody's favorites secret Marxist Muslim 58% of the vote in 2012, so why is this website stacked towards unlettered ravings such as the above article?
Einstein February 16, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Mr. Ray Guarino must be a 'Taker'... He loves Obama. Pre-Obamacare: 30,000,000 without Health Insurance. Post Obamacare: 31,000,000 without Health Insurance. Rates are over the top... But I guess he thinks that is OK. BTW... That Pre-Existing Condition acceptance is a Fallacy. Those people pay enormous amouts for their medicines as they aren't covered by the Obamacare Formulary and have to pay out of pocket. Wake Up, Pal.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 16, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Thanks, Einstein! And it was Einstein who stated the definition of insanity: "Do the same thing over and over, expecting different results." Liberals, progressives, statists in general keep making Government bigger, expecting a different result of efficiency, lower costs, and better service. Never happens.
JD February 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM
This joke of an opinion piece is on patch sites across the country and only has 30 comments. Patch isn't long for this world, apparently. Franken graduated cum laude from Harvard. He's "smart enough." The repubs who lambasted Obama for supporting the bailout in 2008 aren't pointing at that anymore, are they? You're welcome Art. What a clown.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 16, 2014 at 07:08 PM
I doubt that this piece is all over the country. Intended for Minnesota audience. One person recommended it already. Open forum is permitting for writers all over to contribute to different Patch sites. Obamacare is doing damage all over the country, and every citizen has a right to hold every Senator accountable for supporting the terrible law. By the way Harvard educated means very little, considering the unenlightened liberal slant of modern universities the vast majority of which indoctrinate students what to think, instead of educating them how to think. Thanks for reading!
Hernendo RevolveR February 17, 2014 at 01:53 AM
Oh wait! I found a few more boxes of ballots!
Ray Guarino February 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM
"Liberals, progressives, statists in general keep making Government bigger, expecting a different result of efficiency, lower costs, and better service". Arthur, you have nothing to back that up, no real evidence or proof, except right wing rhetoric and propaganda. It shows how out of touch with reality right wingers are. No original thinking required on your part, you just repeat what you hear.
Dan February 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM
just show's that democRATS up there are bigger a-holes then democRATS then people down here.
Super Fun Size February 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Federal Employment at 47-Year Low. That is the kind of boated government Democrats bring.
Super Fun Size February 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Well said Dan, Its a pleasure to hear such a thoughtful a reasoned response, but not unexpected from what we have come to expect from a right minded intellect.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 17, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Ray Guarino wrote: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- " Arthur, you have nothing to back that up, no real evidence or proof:" --------------------------------------------------------------------- Response: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/07/how-obama-embraced-nsa-spying.html ----------------------------------------------------------------- Here's a collection of sources on rising spending and federal government under Obama, compared to Bush: http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-v-bush-on-spending-debt-and-growth-of-government ------------------------------------------------------------------- I do not dispute that spending has slowed under Obama: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/22/515537/obama-spending-eisenhower/ But only because of a dedicated TEA Party caucus and the incredible gridlock in Congress - not Obama. ------------------------------------------------------------------ How about that stimulus? Nearly one trillion in aggressive government spending, one big failure: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303945704579387692278347858?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303945704579387692278347858.html
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 17, 2014 at 02:30 PM
President Obama's spending spree exceeded Bush's -- $10 trillion to $18 trillion. How can you ignore that?
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 17, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Ray, also check out the following posts on government corruption under President Obama, too: ------------------------------------------------------ https://www.google.com/#q=government+corruption+under+Obama -------------------------------------------------------------- If you have lived in this country for any length of time, how could you NOT see the massive, wasteful, inefficient, and immoral/unconstitutional expansion of the federal government?
clanduvy February 17, 2014 at 09:42 PM
why is this blog being run in the Palos Heights, IL patch? Don't we have enough home grown crusading right wingers?
Super Fun Size February 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? It's Barack Obama: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/
Francey Nathan February 18, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Can you please explain to us how our President got Franken elected? Did he hold a gun to the head of every voter? this is just ridiculous!
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 18, 2014 at 01:25 PM
This much I can write: Franken not good enough. Super Fun Size is playing super fun fast and loose with facts and the historical record. To call Obama a "small government" spender akin to Eisenhower would be like arguing how Jaba the Hutt stays so "slim and trim" compared to Jane Fonda. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Super Fun's arguments are Super Unserious. ------------------------------------------------------------------ (Doggone it!)
bwg February 18, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Not sure why you are targeting Al Franken when in fact we have a both chambers of Congress full of "Not Good Enoughs". Yet, 90% of incumbents will be reelected.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 18, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Franken supported ObamaCare, Stimulus, and many other unseemy aspects of Obama Agenda. I am writing specifically to this site about their US Senator up for reelection. He should not be reelected.
KK February 18, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Nobody likes him? You are wrong. I do.
Super Fun Size February 18, 2014 at 07:57 PM
I doubt you could spot reality if you saw it Arthur.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 18, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Define "reality" -- that would be super fun! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Just to clarify: " He is not good enough, he is not smart enough, and he should not be liked enough to represent Minnesota once again in the US Senate." Should not be liked.


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