Well, that old “liberal” Red Star did the story of the Republican opposition researchers’ dreams. The Strib dutifully published the Republicans’ opposition research about the ghastly things Al Franken said over his years as a comedian.
Republicans score! In case you haven’t seen it yet, the revelations are big, and I mean BIG! Get this, it seems that Franken has had occasion to refer to political opponents as — cover the tyke’s ears now — “dicks,” “dinks,” “butt buddies,” and “fat!”
Well, okay, I guess you don’t have to cover the children’s ears. Most heard worse on the pre-school playground. (But you may want to cover their ears if you don’t want them to learn to tattle.)
So, now the Republicans have framed the race. Will voters care more about a) Franken’s record of uncouth language or b) Norm Coleman’s record of — hold on a second while I search for a synonym for “butt buddy — mindless conformity?
In the Strib article, the ever available academic talking head Larry Jacobs uttered a dire prognostication for Weird Al: “Undecided and independent voters don’t like slap-mouth politicians.”
Oooo, scary stuff. Let’s see now, did any undecided and independent voters vote for the biggest slap-mouth of our times, Jesse Ventura?
There will obviously be a political downside to Franken’s irreverent past, but I wonder if people are overlooking the political appeal of someone who speaks with such unvarnished candor. See Jesse Ventura, Paul Wellstone and Arnold Schwartzenegger.
I still say let Al be Al. There’s no hiding who he is, so don’t try. The Republican faithful may think anyone who has called Bush a “dick” is unfit to enter the Senate. But about 70% of the country falls into that category, so Al might just have a base to build on.