Al Franken wins Minnesota Senate seat......Americans lose again.Even Democracts have to be cringing inside......
Chad Pergram/Contributing Editor
July 1, 2009
Mr. Smalley Goes to Washington
With the exception of the Supreme Court (for now), Democrats hold all of the reins to power in Washington. Obama occupies the White House. Democrats command a substantial majority in the House. [W]ith Franken, they...preside over a 60-vote bloc in the Senate.
First, the Democrats don’t truly have 60 votes in the Senate.
If Democrats bind together and maybe bring along moderate Sens. Snowe/Collins, they can be a force to be reckoned with.
It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes," Joseph Stalin (and John Martin, (D) Eagle Lake)
"The election's over. We won. Get over it."
Where have I heard that before? The nay-sayers are in the same fantasy world once populated by the Dems almost ten years ago.
He's not the first comedian to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He's just the first one who got paid for telling jokes.
"we are going to get the clown from Minnesota,’’
Al Franken is truly a sad statement about American politics......the only thing that is sadder is the traveling troupe of clowns Maine has for congresspersons (PC) and senators.
Are you seriously happy that the drunken sailors that are the Democratic party have free reign to do as they wish with your life? Be careful what you wish for. Everyone in Maine is about to get a huge tax increase thanks to the Cap and Trade bill. What will they think up next to separate us from more of our money?
Just some valid quotes from our founding fathers to enlighten the masses to how "SPOT ON" these gentlemen were when drafting our Constitution.
"And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments." - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78, 1788
"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, January 3, 1788
"Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it." - James Madison, Federalist No. 41, January 1788
"In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature." - James Madison, Federalist No. 52, February 8, 1788
What will they think up next to separate us from more of our money?
'Free' health care, of course...
Wednesday July 1, 2009
Al Franken Win Hands Supermajority to Senate Democrats
By Kathleen Gilbert
The Huffington Post's Dan Sweeney noted that previously "it was up to the Democrats to keep their people in line and, at the same time, woo a moderate Republican (read: the women from Maine) into joining the Democratic ranks on a cloture vote...
"Now, it is the Republicans who must keep their people in line and convince a Democrat to come to the other side.
"That may seem like a small shift, but it has could have big implications."
Al Franken Thanks Moveon.org:
Dear MoveOn member,
Al Franken was just officially declared the next U.S. senator from Minnesota! And he sent a personal note to MoveOn members in the wake of his victory (see below).
Will you join me in sending Senator-elect Franken the biggest, happiest congratulations card ever? As he heads to Washington to fight for progressive change, let's make sure he knows we've got his back.
Click here to add your name to Senator-elect Franken's card:
And here's the personal message Senator-elect Franken sent last night to MoveOn members:
What a day! I just wanted to take a moment amidst all this to say thank you to the MoveOn members in Minnesota and across the country.
Paul Wellstone understood that real change comes from the ground up. And there's really no better example of that than MoveOn.org.
You've been there for me since the beginning. And I look forward to working with you as a U.S. senator to make the progressive vision we all share into a reality: affordable health care for all, new jobs from clean energy, and an economy that works for everyone.
Thank you for all you do.
Senator-elect Al Franken
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–Justin, Joan, Marika, Peter and the rest of the team
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Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters have an unfavorable opinion of former “Saturday Night Live” comedy writer Al Franken as he prepares to join the U.S. Senate as its newest Democratic member.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% have a favorable opinion of Franken, who will be sworn in next week as a senator from Minnesota. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure what they think of him.
Unfortunately, it doesn't matter what 44% of the nation's population thinks of him - just 50.000000001% of the Minnesota voters.
Which is far more that the 47.87% of the popular vote received by George Bush in 2000.
Remind me again what Bill Clinton got in 1992?
Clinton received 43.01% of the popular vote, with a third party candidate (Perot) receiving 18.91%. Whenever the issue of popular votes for President is brought up, we're reminded that it's the Electoral College that counts -- Clinton got 68.8% of those votes, compared to 50.5% for Bush.
But all that notwithstanding, Franken is the new senator from Minnesota.
Democrats expand Senate control, yet splits remain
Tue Jul 7, 2009 3:34pm EDT
By Thomas Ferraro
With 58 Democratic seats and two independent allies in the Senate.., Democrats are...strong as they've been since 1981. They should be able override Republican...filibusters...if they stick together.
The calculation’s further complicated by the failing health of...Kennedy/Byrd.
Snowe/Collins...have crossed party lines before. Obama hopes they...do...again.
[T]here are about 20 Senate Democratic "centrists" who could present problems on various matters for the president
It's hard to imagine anyone voting FOR Franken or who could even take him seriously. My guess is that most people who put a check by his name were voting against Coleman/Bush. It just shows how far Republicans have fallen in the public eye. We need a leader.
You keep saying "we" - but leaders do not originate from any point "in the middle." A strong ideological resolve is necessary to lead.
Any state that would elect Jesse Ventura as governor deserves Franken in the Senate.
That may be so, Distributist, but one also has to be pragmatic. Obama certainly has a strong ideological resolve, but he's forced to govern closer to the middle, and he was elected by the middle, as are most politicians. It doesn't do much good to have a strong ideological resolve that appeals to only a handful of people. There's a fine line between having a strong ideological resolve and being an extremist. Obama will be held in check to some degree by his desire to be re-elected in 2012. If he gets re-elected, then watch out. He could turn into another Bush in terms of public approval, and we could see another Republican resurgence. If that happens, let's hope we don't blow it again.
Looks like Al Franken is the ultimate casualty of Arlen Specter's ego. Had he waited to defect the Senate would likely have seated him thinking they were filibuster proof. Now they can only maintain their filibuster by using it to keep Franken out.