In this media era of Trump-created desensitization, it is often difficult to focus on just one topic on which to opine for the depth of a typical column. Since this week has provided a lot of comment-worthy topics, but nothing which, for my contrarian style, stand outs above the rest, I’m going to try something a little different and provide some random thoughts on a variety of subjects. There has been a lot of talk this week, especially in conservative circles, about the mainstream media’s (especially at CNN) narrative that President Donald Trump has been softer on Russia than even Barack Obama was. This is a topic that Trump himself, along with his state-run media, have pushed back against rather hard. I have seen even some prominent Trump-skeptical conservatives mock the notion that Obama was anything but extremely weak when facing the Russian/Putin threat, and there is absolutely Continue reading "Thoughts on a News Cycle: Russia, The CPAC Mess, And Whether Trump Will Sell Out the NRA"
Joy Behar “had a bone to pick” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday’s The View over her campaign to oust fellow democratic senator Al Franken over sexual harassment allegations. “I just thought that was unfair to make him an example when the president of the United States has so many allegations of sexual harassment against him, and I don’t see him going anywhere,” Behar said, to applause from the audience. “We should be holding [President Trump] accountable and we should be having hearings,” Gillibrand responded. When Behar pushed her again to discuss Franken, Gillibrand said, “For me, Al Franken is a friend of mine. He did great work in the Judiciary Committee so it was really hard and really heartbreaking… he’s entitled to a hearing but he is not entitled to my silence.” “Obviously what was alleged against Al Franken is very different than what’s alleged about Steve Wynn, Continue reading "WATCH: Joy Behar Confronts Kirsten Gillibrand About Al Franken on The View"
Even though Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has already announced that he will resign from the Senate amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, set the date for his departure, and the Governor of Minnesota has selected his replacement, a lot of folks in Minnesota would like for Franken to reconsider his decision. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, 50 percent of Minnesota voters think Franken should not tender his resignation. This is compared to 42 percent who believe he should go through with his plan to leave the Senate on January 2. One thing that may be driving this opinion in the state is that Franken is fairly popular with voters. PPP found his job approval rating at 53 percent. And despite the allegations that he’s groped multiple women, female voters are the ones pushing his popularity as 57 percent approve of the job he’s doing compared to Continue reading "Half of Minnesota Voters Feel Al Franken Should Not Resign From Senate"
In his final Senate floor speech, resigning Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) took one final swipe at the GOP and President Donald Trump. “As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we’re losing the war for truth,” Franken said. “Maybe it’s already lost. If that’s what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of arguments that help build consensus.” The two term senator was forced to resign on earlier this month after photo evidence emerged of Franken engaging in sexual misconduct back in 2006. Since then, several other women have come forward with their own allegations regarding the Minnesota Senator. The outgoing Senator also slammed Republicans and Trump over the newly passed tax bill. Referencing the forgotten men and women Trump frequently invoked on the campaign trail, Franken called the legislation a “slap in the face” to that group. “I guess Continue reading "Al Franken Rips Trump, GOP In Final Floor Speech: ‘We’re Losing The War For Truth’"
When Sen. Al Franken announced he was going to resign from his position, after numerous reports of sexual misconduct, he didn’t give an exact timetable. He simply said he would be leaving his post “in the coming weeks.” When it was revealed that Franken would be replaced, on an interim basis, by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, people began to wonder when the transition would officially occur. Now we know.
Multiple news outlets have reported that Franken will step down on January 2, leaving Smith to be sworn in the very next day. Franken spoke on the Senate floor this morning, noting that he would continue to be an “educated citizen and an advocate and an activist.” On Dec. 7, when the former SNL star announced he would be stepping down, Franken Continue reading "Al Franken’s Office Announces His Resignation Date: January 2"
BREAKING: Al Franken will resign effective January 2.— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 20, 2017
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski argued that there may be an overreach in how sexual harassment is dealt with during a discussion of Sen. Al Franken’s resignation over his own accusations. Morning Joe had a marathon segment on the topic Tuesday, in light of Democratic senators coming forward to call on Franken to un-resign, after the Minnesota lawmaker announced he would be stepping down over mounting allegations of misconduct. A number of his colleagues have lamented that there was no due process — in the form of an ethics investigation — to address his allegations. MSNBC’s Willie Geist noted that lawmakers had previously criticized the ethics process as flawed, but argued “that may be true but it’s the process you’ve got, and you can’t throw out due process altogether — you’ve got to have due process.” “It’s going to be complicated, but I think women feel that they are maligned Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski on Harassment Due Process: Women ‘Can Say Anything And a Man’s Career is Ruined’"
A CNN panel this afternoon took the news of Democrats asking Al Franken to reconsider resigning with both cynicism and skepticism. Senator Joe Manchin said what his fellow Democrats did was so “hypocritical,” and Patrick Leahy backed off his initial call for Franken to resign. Others expressing that view have not gone on the record yet. Chris Cillizza said it’s clear the calls for Franken to go were a “clearing-of-the-decks maneuver” in case of Roy Moore riding Sassy all the way to the Senate, in an attempt to claim the moral high ground. Kirsten Powers said there are female senators who were “frustrated” about Franken not stepping down initially, and going back on this at all would be pretty striking. Kaitlan Collins questioned seeming contradictions in Manchin’s stance on this issue, and Powers said that “due process is for courts.” Going back on this, Cillizza added, would make no Continue reading "CNN Panel Goes Off Over Report Dems Asking Franken to Reconsider: He Won’t ‘Un-Resign’"