Al Franken

Can Al Franken be rehabilitated?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The New Yorker has published a long article suggesting Franken was "railroaded" (author Jane Mayer's word) and reporting that several of Franken's old Senate colleagues now regret calling for him to resign. Nobody really checked out any of the allegations in November and December 2017. They dispensed with even a hint of due process (in this case, an Ethics Committee investigation) and hustled Franken out the door. It doesn't matter -- Franken won't be back. Judging from reaction to the New Yorker story, he is unlikely to regain the support he once had in the progressive world — no matter how hard some might try to rehabilitate him.

Bachmann considering running for Franken's seat

Jordain Carney, The Hill

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative lawmaker who retired after 2014, said in the recent interview she is weighing "should it be me, should it be now? But there's also a price you pay" and the "swamp is so toxic." "If you're a billionaire you can maybe defend yourself, [but] we're not money people. ...So we're trying to be wise—should we do this, shouldn't we do this, what?" she added.

Drawing a Line on Sexual Harassment

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Most cases aren't as clear-cut as an Al Franken prank photo. Evidence of harassment is often hard to produce, especially years or decades later. That's why cautious investigations and fine distinctions should be made before reputations and careers vanish within a news cycle.

Franken's Phony Finale

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Franken didn’t so much confess to wrongdoing as naïveté at the fury of this purge. His attempts to honor the “conversation,” he wimpered, had given the “impression” of guilt. Finally understanding that he couldn’t stop his expulsion, he took refuge in the last act of a male feminist pig — adopting the airs of a victim while pulling out his chair for a female successor.

The Rules Don’t Apply To Democrat Bigwigs Like Rep. John Conyers

“Your story won’t do shit to him,” said a former staffer for Democratic Rep. John Conyers. “He’s untouchable.” Based on the Bill Clinton and Al Franken precedents it looks like the former staffer is right – at least if you are a powerful Democrat.

For Slimy Senators, Our Conviction Should Be Expulsion

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

If he fails to resign, expulsion proceedings should commence forthwith. Democrats like to posture about the “war on women.” Shouldn’t Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell force them to take an accountable vote on Al Franken? And if there is any thought of refusing to seat Roy Moore, wouldn’t a Franken expulsion put Alabama voters on notice, before they go to the polls on December 12, of the Senate’s disqualification standard in our new era of heightened awareness?

Al Franken, Harvard Man

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Along with the folded paper handed out on graduation day, Harvard Men receive an immunity pass. The pass effectively says, “I’m from Harvard, so I can make racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes because of course I don’t hate blacks, women, or gays.” Presumably, most people who engaging in off-color humor do not hate their punchlines even when they cross the line from joker to jerk. But elites insist that they do — unless their kind tell the joke. The pass ran out when Franken played beast to sleeping beauty.

Democrats Cover Up Menendez And Weinstein Corruption

While the salacious details of the Weinstein and Menendez affairs have occupied the public mind a more important question is left unaddressed: What did the other Democrats know about these two corrupt sexual predators and when did they know it?

Al Franken Is 'Sick,' All Right

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

This is why conservatives roll their eyes when liberal journalists lecture about the need for civility. They adore Franken's bilious nastiness as "full-throated liberalism" but freak out when someone uses Barack Obama's middle name. Their judgment of civility is as well-honed as their judgment of "news." It's all about whose ox is being gored.

Al Franken and Saturday Night Liberalism

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Republicans can only hope that this "comic" culture spreads among Democrats. It guarantees that they become more and more the party of a smug coastal elite, too busy laughing at its own jokes and crying at its own imaginary traumas, to notice its estrangement from much of the country. Al Franken once said that Chevy Chase is no longer “in on the joke that he is a joke.” The same could be said for a party so terrorized by Trump that it turns to humorless comics for leadership.

10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson, Roll Call

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. Mitch McConnell was the only Repub. to make the list.

Liberal Herring's Fishy "Win" in Virginia Stinks of Fraud

While the rest of the country’s 2013 state and local election results were cast and certified a month ago, Virginia voters aren’t able to put the attorney general election to bed. It’s impossible to deny the sharp stench of the latest rehash of the Democrat Party’s favorite dish best served in a suspiciously close race: Voter Fraud a la Franken.