Hah! I Totally Blocked Your Fist With My Face!
This Benjamin Sarlin piece on right-wing delight at Al Franken’s Senate win in Minnesota is … strange.
“Al Franken is a very tempting target because he is so outrageous,” said Republican strategist Brad Blakeman. “It’s similar to Joe Biden—we hope that Al Franken is the gift that keeps on giving.”
We’re talking about Vice President-in-two-weeks Joe Biden, right?
In 2006, the Ohio GOP issued a news release attacking Senate candidate Sherrod Brown for associating with Franken that included a Photoshopped picture of the comedian in a diaper.
That would be Senator Sherrod Brown, right?
Stephen Marks, a blunt Republican consultant, gets at the truth in this article: once ensconced in the Senate, Franken will likely eschew the racier, angrier jokes that gave him political trouble and become a harder target for Minnesota Republicans, and barely a target at all for national Republicans. It’s not like he’ll become a cultural lightning rod like Rick Santorum or Katherine “Queen Esther” Harris — Franken’s a conventional liberal, which isn’t a controversial thing to be right now.