Thursday, July 10, 2008

Al Franken Is A Big Fat Senatorial Candidate

By Allen Bacon
The Daily Bosco

As I was traveling through Minnesota this past week I noticed the discussion about Comedian Al Franken running for Senator in this state is getting more heated. Many people are offended by his past and the type of material he used to write for Saturday Night Live and movies which were laden with drug and raunchy humor.

I think there are more important things to be concerned about Al Franken, who is running on the Democratic ticket. Have you ever heard this guy's radio show? He is known for taking pot shots at the Right on his show and in his books (ie, "Rush Limbaugh is A Big Fat Idiot") and ducking. He is way too cynical. So cynical that I think he forgot to come up with some concrete ideas or an agenda for change. If I were a voter in the state of Minnesota I would hold his feet to the fire and ask him what plans he actually has to turn the state around.

And don't worry about his past. Let me lay it out for you. Al Franken and his writing partner Tom Davis were not funny. They weren't funny then and they aren't funny now. I can never remember laughing at anything they wrote. And as a politician Al Franken will not be good either. He has no plans for the state of Minnesota. Unless you think making snide remarks about the other party is a plan.

That being said, why do we as voters have double standards? Why do we want and welcome guys like Al Franken, who are not career politicians to the process, and then snuff them out with their past indiscretions or perceived indiscretions? I have a news flash. There's not too many boy scouts running around anymore. Looking at somebody's past unless it's on how they have voted in office should be taken with a grain of salt. In other words, why should would-be politicians be held to a higher standard than the rest of us? Aren't we limiting the pool of talent to a select few?

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