I was in the same room…

…with Al Franken around 15 years ago.  Very small man, albeit with an unusually large head perilously balanced on top of that tiny body.

The setting was a public town hall.  I won’t bore anyone with details but the evening left an impression.  The anger and condescension with which he spoke to a woman he disagreed with was alarming.  He was furious.  But more than anything, Al radiated the impression that he always felt he was the smartest guy in the room by a significant margin.

He was elected via fraud and was the deciding vote for Obamacare.  He’s been one of the most partisan politicians in the senate.  I already knew he was a piece of shit.  Turns out he’s really a piece of shit:

Check out the article linked in the tweet.

He also harassed the shit out of a woman over political differences.  THIS is the side of Franken that I have seen up close and personal.

There’s also an old interview from 1973 with Franken that has been making the rounds today.  I want to make it clear in that I respect and believe in the human ability to truly change for the better in one’s actions and thinking.  It doesn’t happen often, but people can change after some introspection.  But sometimes someone does or says something that’s so grotesque that it’s difficult to have any faith that they’ve reformed themselves.

Even back in 1973, Franken clearly thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room.  It positively radiates off of the article.  But he also says this:

He recalled writing a skit called “Seamen on Broadway” that was rejected from the Hasty Pudding show “by some preppie so they could take some other preppie’s skit.” Franken started to smile again, but his tone was serious, too serious. “It’s not preppies, cause I’m a preppie myself. I just don’t like homosexuals. If you ask me, they’re all homosexuals in the Pudding. Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.” The smile became so broad it pushed his eyes shut. He couldn’t stand it any longer. “Put that in, put that in,” Franken laughed, leaning over the desk. “I’d love to see that in The Crimson.”

The quote can be interpreted in a number of ways.  At best, this is a fucked up attempt at trying to shock the interviewer.  At worst… well..

Interesting that it’s 11PM right now and not a single Democrat has called on Franken to resign.  Rules for thee but not for me.

More politicians will be outed for this kind of behavior in the near future.

And in regards to Roy Moore, I don’t know.  Maybe he’s a piece of shit, maybe he’s not.  He has a lot of accusers but those accusers have extraordinarily sketchy backgrounds and it looks like at least some of the evidence is falsified.  Given the man has been basically incorruptible during his 40 year career, it stands to reason that he’s one of the last people that the Establishment would want in the Senate.

But who knows?  Maybe he has done some of the things he’s accused of.  I don’t know.  I’m keeping an open mind as we move forward.