Al Franken

The Franken fallout

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken seeks to bar Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras from consideration to fill a vacancy on the Eighth Circuit. He has done so by withholding his blue slip on Justice Stras. President Trump nominated Justice Stras to the Eighth Circuit four months ago. Before announcing his opposition, Franken asserted that he was studying Stras’s record. The Associated Press reported on August 24: “A spokesman for Franken »

Victim of the SPLC (2)

Featured image Former Vanderbilt University Professor Carol Swain wrote about her victimization by the fascist hate cult that goes under the absurd misnomer of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Professor Swain discussed her experience in the Wall Street Journal column “What it’s like to be smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” I wrote about Professor Swain’s column here. Tucker Carlson invited Professor Swain to discuss her experience briefly last night on »

Al Franken then and now

Featured image President Trump nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals four months ago. Justice Stras’s nomination has not been take up by the Senate because it has been blocked so far by Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. They have withheld their blue slips to prevent the Senate Judiciary Committee from holding a hearing. I have done my best to bring to light »

Al Franken thinking it over

Featured image The Star Tribune has yet to report the machinations of Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken in blocking Senate consideration of the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. I understand that Senator Klobuchar is sensitive about the disclosure of her machinations. She would prefer that they remain out of sight, leaving her image as Our Lady »

For US Attorney, Amy Klobuchar prefers…

Featured image President Trump has nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. His nomination is supported by just about everyone in Minnesota, yet his confirmation is stalled by the failure of Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to return their blue slips on Justice Stras. It’s not that they oppose Stras — as I say, nobody does »

When Al Franken body-slammed a demonstrator

Featured image When I wrote about Fightin’ Greg Gianforte’s assault (as it seems to me) on a reporter, I believed that Al Franken had a history of physical aggression against folks who annoyed him. However, the only incident I recalled (and only vaguely) involved a much lower level of violence than Gianforte’s — pushing someone, perhaps someone in conservative media, out of his way in a Capitol corridor. Thus, I passed on »

The indecent Mr. Franken

Featured image I recently recognized Minnesota Senator Al Franken as the de facto leader of the Democrats’ tin foil hat brigade. Last week Franken sought to enlist FBI Director James Comey in the brigade when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey politely declined. Franken sees the tendrils of “a conspiracy so immense” between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. To expose »

The Colbert cock-up

Featured image In a New York Post column on the “Trump-Russia tinfoil hat brigade,” Paul Sherry turns to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which FBI Director James Comey testified this week. Sherry focuses on Comey’s exchange with an overmedicated Al Franken (as he appeared to me). Franken has become the de facto leader of the tinfoil hat brigade. In this capacity Franken posed a question to Comey that was perfect in »

Five dumbest questions to Gorsuch, cont’d

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken doesn’t belong in the United States Senate, let alone on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A little short in the self-awareness department, Franken sought to show up Judge Gorsuch in the committee’s confirmation hearing this week. Instead he showed himself him up (although you’d never know it from reading the Star Tribune). Brendan Kirby recognized Franken for asking two of the five dumbest questions committee Democrats served »

Explicating “Amy”

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken is not a lawyer, but he plays one on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A former comedian, he hasn’t been intentionally funny in a long, long time. He was laughable when he sought to educate Neil Gorsuch on an undisputed issue of statutory construction in one of the cases heard by Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit. Adam White offers remedial instruction on the case here. Franken cited »

Observations on the Gorsuch hearing, Part Two — Al Franken strikes out

Featured image Sen. Al Franken has become something of a hero to the left because it was in response to one of his questions that Attorney General Sessions said he “did not have communications with the Russians.” Franken never asked Sessions whether he had. Instead, Sessions volunteered this information. So this wasn’t Al Franken getting Sessions to misstate something in response to withering questions; this was dumb luck. (It is also lucky »