Just think how Harry Reid really feels about Al Franken....
I've always had this feeling that the established Washington Democrats have never really liked the thought of an Al Franken senate seat. The vibes I've always received is they would much rather deal with the typical politician than that of a "celebrity." So imagine how ole Harry Reid feels. I bet it torques his ass so much that he, after a "lifetime career" in politics, that he now has to deal with a more popular novice.
These people are all about the limelight and now get ready for this man to come in and start stealing some of it away. Still, I bet Franken does the right thing and acts like H. Clinton and B. Obama did when they entered as rookie senators. I bet he follows the established norms of the old school and acts accordingly.
Still, I bet Sen. Reid is frosted as hell at having to deal with such a rookie.
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Franken has an appreciation for the unwritten rules of the senate and that he has a high appreciation for standards and things like that? That's the sort of character I see in Al Franken. Yes, he is opinionated, well known and can be a fire thrower, but I also see him as a sincere, compassionate and polite person.
Heck, his one debate with Bill O'Lielly showed exactly what a gracious man he is - that is until he is poked too many times without justification.
Obama pretty much started running for President before he even unpacked his bags as a rookie Senator. Hillary at least served out a full term first, but I'm sure she also had her eyes set on higher office from the beginning. I predict that Franken will be hardworking, wonky, and as much like Paul Wellstone as possible. I don't think his ambitions go beyond Senator, either. I think he'll have a better voting record (as far as attendance) than Obama, also. Harry Reid will be pleased. Franken did attend Harvard on a scholarship and graduate cum laude. He's not dumb.
12. Well, I don't think Franken's victory is really a blow to Harry Reid.
I mean, Franken's hardly "popular;" the dude (apparently) won by only 225 votes, and that was against a Bush-licking slimeball in a solid blue state. Plus, Franken has worked his ass off for Democrats nationwide for years, and has played nice with the nationwide Democratic party. From my (somewhat brief) conversations with Franken, I think he's likely to be a somewhat quiet, issues-oriented, principled Senator. He's liberal, but surprisingly is a listener more than a talker.
The likely appointment of Caroline Kennedy would represent more of what you're typing about, I think.
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