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10-27-2008, 07:04 PM
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Al Franken?

Seriously, Al Franken?

Just wondering why Minnesotans would consider putting this guy in the Senate. What makes him qualified?

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10-27-2008, 07:37 PM
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He used to be funny on what once was a hit TV show? Many others have been elected with fewer credentials.

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10-27-2008, 07:43 PM
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George Bush was President for 8 years, what makes him qualified

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he's not as crazy as this..





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he's not as crazy as this..

Sure he is.

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You're talking about a state that elected a professional wrestler governor in a country where 2 guys from the movie "Predator" have held gubanatorial positions.

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You're talking about a state that elected a professional wrestler governor in a country where 2 guys from the movie "Predator" have held gubanatorial positions.
With that sort of precedent, I'll bet Derek Boogaard runs for political office in Minnesota once his knuckle-chucking days are over.

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Sure he is.
Thanks for the brilliant argument.

Clearly Minnesotans disagree. Repubs won't like him because he's extremely liberal...but he's always sounded like a smart political guy when I've listened to him.

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if you don't "get" him you may be missing something -- don't confuse him with some run-of-the-mill comic. I've read all his books (i think) and he's Super smart. He graduated cu-m laude from Harvard, he's been extremely political and engaged all his life, and he's very soulful. I have many stories of spending time with him in New York, and also on the campaign trail -- in fact I was with him when he tried to stop a crazy thug from attacking Howard Dean, and he got his glasses broken for his effort. He's a fighter, and in fact was on track for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team until he veered off into comedy.

and who can forget his classic microphone showdown with Billo The Clown!

He's from Minnesota, and he's been back there for Years working on this, and he is rightfully fighting for the great Paul Wellstone's seat. It's a tremendous story for thinking people everywhere.

you'll have to get to know him all over again. He just played various CHARACTERS on TV -- don't confuse those with who the actual person is. It's going to be hugely great to have his voice be one of the 100.

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10-27-2008, 07:57 PM
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With that sort of precedent, I'll bet Derek Boogaard runs for political office in Minnesota once his knuckle-chucking days are over.
That may be difficult for him to do as a Canadian...Jeff Mauer, a Minny native, of the Twins would be a shoo-in though.

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Why would it be difficult? The governor of Michigan is a Canadian.

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if you don't "get" him you may be missing something -- don't confuse him with some run-of-the-mill comic. I've read all his books (i think) and he's Super smart. He graduated cu-m laude from Harvard, he's been extremely political and engaged all his life, and he's very soulful. I have many stories of spending time with him in New York, and also on the campaign trail -- in fact I was with him when he tried to stop a crazy thug from attacking Howard Dean, and he got his glasses broken for his effort. He's a fighter, and in fact was on track for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team until he veered off into comedy.

and who can forget his classic microphone showdown with Billo The Clown!

He's from Minnesota, and he's been back there for Years working on this, and he is rightfully fighting for the great Paul Wellstone's seat. It's a tremendous story for thinking people everywhere.

you'll have to get to know him all over again. He just played various CHARACTERS on TV -- don't confuse those with who the actual person is. It's going to be hugely great to have his voice be one of the 100.
Yeah, Franken knows his stuff. I'd definitely vote for him if I were in Minnesota.

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Yeah, Franken knows his stuff. I'd definitely vote for him if I were in Minnesota.
Me too. This isn't just some comedian saying "oh, I want to run for office". Franken is a smart, well read person...one who I generally agree with on most issues. If I was a Minnesotan I'd probably be voting for him.

Sure as hell can't be less qualified than Jesse Ventura or Lynn Swann.

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Minnesota once had a former professional wrestler as governor. How does Al Franken surprise you?

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You're talking about a state that elected a professional wrestler governor in a country where 2 guys from the movie "Predator" have held gubanatorial positions.
Don't forget the Running Man, they were both in the Running man too.

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Seriously, Al Franken?

Just wondering why Minnesotans would consider putting this guy in the Senate. What makes him qualified?
A Kings fan, eh? Don't suppose you're in California are you?

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I was reading an article about Franken's campaign. He's apparently done a good job of putting aside a lot of the comic tendencies, and, has kept a very serious tone on the campaign trail. I've read some of his books, and, I do like a lot of his ideas.

He's certainly has qualifications. It may not be the ideal route to such a powerful position, but, he's spent a lot of time articulating his positions on a variety of issues, which certainly is an asset. But, Franken is certainly being helped out by the backlash against Republicans. By being someone so vocal against the practices on those on the far right has put him in the right place at the right time to a large degree.

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10-29-2008, 06:06 PM
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Why would it be difficult? The governor of Michigan is a Canadian.
really? thats kinda funny...i kinda thought of getting into politics, and I'm a dual citizen I wonder if I would be called an american if i ran for office in canada, or vice-versa

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10-29-2008, 06:15 PM
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Franken is smarter than almost everyone else in Washington. Most senators and congressmen don't get elected because they are the most "qualified".

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Why would it be difficult? The governor of Michigan is a Canadian.
I'm pretty sure he had to go through some serious red tape to achieve that post. If he was a dual citizen it would have been easier, if he's a Canadain ex-pat then it he quite a success story. You could probably count non-US born politicians of prominence in the modern age with the digits of your hands.

In terms of the afforementioned celebs as well as athletes like Heath Shuler and Steve Largent holding posts, Franken probably has more political savvy than all of them coming in to the game.

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Franken is smarter than almost everyone else in Washington. Most senators and congressmen don't get elected because they are the most "qualified".
QFT

At the very least Franken has been involved one way or another in politics for a long time. The man is very well educated and sensible. I'd vote for him over Arnold.

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Mildly interesting related link given the thread topic and it's wider location.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...?urn=nhl,95119

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Well, thank the good Lord that Franken wasn't elected.

However, it was by about 700 votes, so I'm sure this will take awhile to get reolved.

Bachmann wins, by the way...

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Alan Alda had a great story about being asked to run for the Senate back when MASH was at it's peak. Some Democratic officials visited him and asked him to run for the Senate seat that had opened up in NJ. Alda replied that he was flattered,but he couldn't run for Senate, he wasn't qualified. Their response? "Yeah, but you could win"

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The Hot for Jesus lady? Terrific.

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