President Obama is not popular at this point in his presidency, even in a blue state like Minnesota. Our own Senator Al Franken repeatedly bristled as GOP candidate Mike McFadden cited Franken’s 97 percent voting record in support of Obama at their debate in Duluth earlier this week.
Franken mocked the statistic but didn’t offer a correction. That’s because the statistic is correct and because any purported correction would be even more damning if it came from Franken.
The 97 percent figure is a good one to use. It doesn’t come from a partisan source; it comes from Congressional Quarterly.
What about the 3 percent that distinguishes Franken from an Obamatonic robot? Don’t be deceived! Franken is 100 percent robotic. The 3 percent reflects Franken’s robotic leftist tilt. The man is a left-wing purist — an Ivory Soap-pure leftist. See, e.g., this AP account of Franken’s voting record in light of McFadden’s attack.
Now against all the odds in this campaign season, Obama has said something useful and, even more improbably, something true (video below). In his speech at Northwestern University yesterday — a speech larded with misleading factoids and excuses and falsehoods touting his record on the economy (including Obamacare) at Castroite length (White House text here) — Obama said: “Now, I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle is pretty happy about that. (Laughter.) But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.”
When even Al Franken finds this an uncomfortable proposition, one would think that somebody who does this for a living could make something of it.