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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:25 AM

 

Do people here feel Al Franken is more powerful as U.S. Senator or as host of The Al Franken Show?

I am sure the answer is obvious that there are so many things he can do as a Senator that he could only dream of doing as a radio show or book author. Franking privileges, yeah!

But I sure miss his more public voice when he was haranguing Bill O'Reilly, Man Coulter, and the other misfits on the right.

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Reply Do people here feel Al Franken is more powerful as U.S. Senator or as host of The Al Franken Show? (Original post)
Pretzel_Warrior Jan 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #1
Pretzel_Warrior Jan 2013 #3
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #4
dsc Jan 2013 #18
NewJeffCT Jan 2013 #14
Pretzel_Warrior Jan 2013 #15
NewJeffCT Jan 2013 #17
NoOneMan Jan 2013 #2
JI7 Jan 2013 #5
pinboy3niner Jan 2013 #6
ucrdem Jan 2013 #8
ucrdem Jan 2013 #7
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #9
Sedona Jan 2013 #10
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #11
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #12
global1 Jan 2013 #13
Pretzel_Warrior Jan 2013 #16
blogslut Jan 2013 #19

Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:28 AM

1. I see no reason why he could not still do that

McCain is on tv every Sunday and a lot of days of the week

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:29 AM

3. It's weird with his celebrity he's become a back bencher, but Elizabeth Warren is already shaking

 

things up before she was even sworn in.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:57 AM

4. The serious 'newbies' are advised to stay off the tv shows for the first few years...


... put their noses to the grindstone and focus on the business of legislation, etc.

I heard that the other day in an interview.

Sorta like 'Senator' Obama laid low for over two years when he first became a U.S. Senator and then he came out in front of the public more and more after that.

I think that Senator Franken doesn't do hardly any tv or interviews because he wants to be viewed as a serious politician.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:43 PM

18. He refuses the interviews for exactly that reason

He would only be interviewed at the convention when he was with his delegation.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:55 AM

14. Most Democrats don't get on TV as often as McCain

Republicans dominate the Sunday talk shows. And, even when Democrats get on the air, they're often with a Republican to present an opposing viewpoint. Republicans are far more likely to be on by themselves.

And, how often do the true liberals get on the air? Barbara Boxer, Patrick Leahy, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse? Most likely, it will be Kent Conrad, Joe Lieberman or Harry Reid for a "Democratic" point of view.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:44 PM

15. sad effect of Clinton's telecommunications act of 1996. Not many voices--all supporting corporations

 

sick.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:33 PM

17. Actually, Think Progress did a study of the Sunday talk shows

dating back to the 1980s, and Republicans have always had a big advantage on the Sunday talk shows, even in the 1980s.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:28 AM

2. Neither

 

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:07 AM

5. he is far better as a Senator than a comedian/entertainer

and i think he was a great comedian/entertainer.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:14 AM

6. Al Franking privileges!

That's a DUzy, right there.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:23 AM

8. good one.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 04:21 AM

7. A lot of Dem pols host shows while they're out of office.

Jerry Brown had a show on Pacifica radio called We the People for a while, and so did Mark Ridley Thomas, now an LA County Supervisor, one of 5, a big step up from working for free. A couple of other So Cal pols ran cable shows before they hit the jackpot. All Dems. Not sure how many Rs also do this. I don't think they're as keen on it, though Sonny Bono had a TV show before he went to Congress as an R and he probably made more money on TV. But from what I've seen the shows are the temporary gigs and public office is the real deal, irrespective of the money.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:42 AM

9. Since I haven't heard a peep from or about him (other than beg-athon emails) since he was elected,

 

I have to vote for the show.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:38 AM

11. Senator.

Unless one had an Air America Radio affiliate in their town, or knew enough to web stream it, they never heard him when he was a radio show host. He didn't reach the vast majority of the country then, so I really don't think he had all that much influence. That being said, I miss it, too. He and Katherine Lanpher were a great team.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:40 AM

12. Coalition building

 

If you remember the election against Norm Coleman, Coleman was ahead after the votes were counted but it was close enough to trigger a recount. Franken won the recount but that was like plunging a trocar into the MN Republicans. So he has been building a base in Minnesota before taking a more prominent place on the national stage. This is a podcast of some local media he did last week. The interview starts about 4 minutes in and goes for ~10 minutes.
http://www.am950radio.com/am950-podcasts/matt-mcneil-show

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:41 AM

13. He Wants To Be Re-elected...

Remember how close the vote was. It was months before he was determined the winner. I'm thinking he'll spread his wings and become more vocal on a national basis once he gets re-elected. Getting re-elected will prove his being a Senator isn't a fluke. He'll then be more effective as a Senator than he ever can be as a talk show host.

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Response to global1 (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 03:54 PM

16. Let's hope so. I truly want him to win again.

 

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:46 PM

19. See Reply #10

As pointed out once by Larry O'Donnell, Al Franken isn't like the scores of hack senators who'll say anything to keep themselves before major network audiences. Al has had fame. He doesn't need the spotlight. He would rather just be a very good Senator and serve his state and address local media.

I think it's admirable.

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