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Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:06 PM

How do we get Al Franken back into the Senate

I'm serious. I want him back in.

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Reply How do we get Al Franken back into the Senate (Original post)
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 OP
onecaliberal Jul 2019 #1
PoliticAverse Jul 2019 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #3
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #10
dchill Jul 2019 #16
RKP5637 Jul 2019 #22
dsc Jul 2019 #25
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 #39
Eyeball_Kid Jul 2019 #27
wellst0nev0ter Jul 2019 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #21
hlthe2b Jul 2019 #4
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 #7
GoCubsGo Jul 2019 #32
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 #40
Tommy_Carcetti Jul 2019 #5
Raven123 Jul 2019 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #13
NightWatcher Jul 2019 #9
watoos Jul 2019 #12
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #18
NightWatcher Jul 2019 #24
Nuggets Jul 2019 #35
onetexan Jul 2019 #30
yardwork Jul 2019 #26
EveHammond13 Jul 2019 #41
jberryhill Jul 2019 #11
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #14
Kurt V. Jul 2019 #15
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #17
maxsolomon Jul 2019 #20
Kurt V. Jul 2019 #23
democratisphere Jul 2019 #28
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2019 #29
democratisphere Jul 2019 #31
questionseverything Jul 2019 #33
BootinUp Jul 2019 #37
Nuggets Jul 2019 #34
TheCowsCameHome Jul 2019 #36
WhiskeyGrinder Jul 2019 #38

Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:07 PM

1. #DraftAlFranken

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:07 PM

2. He runs again and gets elected again. n/t

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:10 PM

3. Assuming he even wants to go back - considering how he was shafted by people

he thought were his friends - he's not going to run against either incumbent Senator. But whichever Democrat wins the presidential election could appoint Klobuchar to the AG position (she's not likely to get the nomination or the running mate position), which would open up her Senate seat. The governor of MN, a Democrat, could appoint Franken to fill that seat.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:12 PM

6. I want him as majority leader and Schumer to retire as any named leader in the Senate

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:19 PM

10. The majority/minority leader position customarily goes to a more senior senator

in their party. If Franken gets back to the Senate he would be one of the most junior Senators (and would be junior even to his replacement, Tina Smith). So the chances of that happening are approximately zero. However, I do think we can do better than Schumer.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:24 PM

16. "...we can do better than Schumer."

I don't want to say how long I've thought that. Now, of course, I believe it more strongly.

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Response to dchill (Reply #16)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:35 PM

22. K&R!!! n/t

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:48 PM

25. not necessarily

Frank Lautenberg got his seniority back when he returned

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 08:30 PM

39. as Captain Barbosa would say, rules are really just guidelines

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:59 PM

27. You have a great idea. Here's another one, although it's equally implausible:

Franken could be named Speaker of the House without being an elected representative.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:29 PM

19. Remember, Franken would have to work with those who pushed him out

from the article:

Drew Littman, Franken’s first chief of staff, told me, “People said he didn’t have to do it, but he’s so social—his nerves are exposed all the time. It was like going to school and thinking these people are your friends and they really like you, and then one day they all get together and beat you up. You don’t want to go back to that school after that.” Norman Ornstein, Franken’s friend, said, “It was no more a choice than jumping after they make you walk the plank.”

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Response to wellst0nev0ter (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:32 PM

21. Exactly. That was the comment in the article I was thinking of.

On the other hand, it might be a pretty satisfying screw-you to Gillibrand and a few others.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:10 PM

4. Klobuchar gets named to a cabinet position under Dem President, Franken named to replace her

by Democratic Governor (Walz).

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:12 PM

7. I like it

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:34 PM

32. I'm thinking he'd be the one more likely to wind up in the cabinet job.

I could see him as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, among others. He'd also make a great Press Secretary, or maybe Chief of Staff.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #32)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 08:31 PM

40. I want Roger Stone in prison and Al Franken in the Senate

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:11 PM

5. Pretty easy.

Amy Klochabar either wins the presidency or whoever else does names her to his/her cabinet.

The Minnesota governor then fills the empty seat with Franken.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:15 PM

8. How do Minnesota voters feel about him?

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Response to Raven123 (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:21 PM

13. He is still very popular here.

Needless to say, Gillibrand isn't.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:17 PM

9. Too late. He'll now always be the guy who had to resign under pressure from his party

for sexual harassment blah blah blah.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:21 PM

12. It's not too late for me.

 

What you posted is the right wing narrative

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:27 PM

18. Or me. I'd be happy to have him back as my Senator.

I'm still pissed as hell that he's gone and that my vote was effectively taken away from me.

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:39 PM

24. Yes, what I posted is what any future opponents of his would say.

He cannot claim that he did not. He shouldn't have resigned or been forced out. Once you do that, you're professional political career is over.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #24)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:58 PM

35. You're making this up as you go along.

 

People saw what happened. They are with Franken.

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:27 PM

30. Ditto..would be good if Al got appointed to the Cabinet, or some position in Biden's administration.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:51 PM

26. These are different times. Democrats must be bold.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 08:32 PM

41. Two words. Mark Sanford.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:20 PM

11. Find out what he likes to eat and leave some out for him


Maybe we can lure him back with food.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:22 PM

14. Put it in one of those box traps. When he picks up the food he'll spring the trap.

That'll do it.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:24 PM

15. is his replacement doing a bad job?

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:26 PM

17. No, Tina Smith seems to be doing quite a good job.

Anyhow, Franken would not primary a sitting Democratic senator.

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Response to Kurt V. (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:29 PM

20. A new Senator in the Minority?

Who knows? I had to look up who it was. Tina Smith.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #20)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 06:36 PM

23. i looked it up too. she won her special election by 10 pnts.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:16 PM

28. Minnesotans need to vote him back in.

Hope they get to it!

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #28)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:23 PM

29. Franken won't primary either of the two Dem senators.

If Klobuchar and Smith want to stay in the Senate he will not challenge them. If either decides not to run again, he could run for that spot, or if Klobuchar is appointed to a cabinet position the governor could appoint him to the open seat. But he won't run against a current Democratic senator.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #29)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:28 PM

31. Hope someone will be moving on to make way for Al.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:42 PM

33. i would vote for al for president

or the vp then he would be back in senate

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Response to questionseverything (Reply #33)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 08:01 PM

37. I like it! Nt

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:55 PM

34. He should run for President Nt

 

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 07:59 PM

36. Maybe he could run in New York.

Wouldn't that be sweet.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 08:01 PM

38. I don't, and I'm a Minnesotan.

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