“Would be a great idea if Al Franken got back in the game”
Some people on the left are starting to regret forcing Al Franken to resign his Senate seat last year. They’re trying to find a way to rehabilitate his image but the #MeToo movement has them caught in a catch 22.
Franken himself is chomping at the bit to weigh in on the Kavanaugh hearings.
Emily Jashinsky writes at the Washington Examiner:
Al Franken’s return to politics seems more and more likely
Al Franken’s return to national politics appears increasingly imminent.
USA Today’s decision to give the former senator a 900-word platform in its op-ed section to rage against Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week is another indication of that. “Brett Kavanaugh is a partisan who was nominated, and will likely be confirmed, in order to help achieve the Republican Party’s goals: destroying protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, eradicating what’s left of workers’ rights and, yes, overturning Roe v. Wade,” Franken wrote on Friday, slamming Senate Republicans for “destroy[ing] the independence of our judicial system and turn[ing] it into yet another partisan battlefield.”
Speaking of partisan battlefields, it’s been less than a year since Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations in December — which sympathizers of the former senator still insists never should have happened.
Here’s a bit more from Franken’s column in USA Today:
Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings showcase Republican partisanship, hypocrisy
The nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is supposed to be a grave and solemn exercise of carefully apportioned constitutional powers. These Justices, granted lifetime terms in order to insulate them from political considerations, must be exemplars of sound judgment, even temperament and, above all else, impartiality.
I know this because I keep hearing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee say this stuff. But having served alongside them for three Supreme Court confirmations — and now watching Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process unfold — I have to say, I don’t think they really mean it.
You know not being able to join the crazy chorus with Booker and Harris during these hearings is absolutely killing him.
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) September 6, 2018
Left wing talk host Bill Maher is leading the charge for Franken’s return.
Tal Axelrod writes at The Hill:
Bill Maher: ‘I want to see Al Franken debate Donald Trump’
Comedian Bill Maher called for former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to “get back in the game” to help Democrats defeat President Trump in 2020.
“We need Democrats to keep a laser focus on the one issue that really matters; finding out what is Trump’s kryptonite. I think it’s ridicule. The one thing that gets under his skin … is being made fun of,” Maher said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“To fight him, we need a comedian … I, Bill Maher, think it would be a great idea if Al Franken got back in the game,” he added.
There’s one little problem with that:
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) September 9, 2018
Twitchy has compiled some reactions to Franken’s column:
Everybody on the Republican side of the dais knows Kavanaugh’s nomination is purely to further the Republican agenda. Everybody’s in on it. It is maddening. So I wrote about it for USA Today. https://t.co/x0GEEtia5X
— Al Franken (@alfranken) September 7, 2018
I hope USA Today kept its female staff at a safe distance.
— Walt Murray,PI (@waltmurray) September 10, 2018
Wherein “Republican agenda” means interpreting the Constitution as it was debated, ratified, and then amended to keep up with the national desire lo these 27 times.
As opposed to legislating from the bench when you can’t get a majority from the legislative bodies elected.
— Jim (@Ifitsthisname) September 9, 2018
Write all you want. He’s going to be confirmed
— Beth Wellington (@beth_wellington) September 10, 2018
Oh look at you trying to stay relevant. Bye Felicia
— Patrick (@batman1793) September 9, 2018
You’ve never been funnier, Al.
— TrollReversal (@Ninjabob1970) September 10, 2018
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