Monday, February 9, 2009

The height of charletanism

can be found here. I tend to think that Republicans are eventually going to cave and just seat Franken for a simple reason: Franken gives them a better chance to eventually retake the seat. Norm Coleman is under investigation by the FBI, and if he gets bounced from the Senate the Dems have an awfully good chance of retaking the seat in 2010. It's Minnesota, after all! Obama won it by 10 points. And the likelihood is that the Democrats will pick someone more formidable than Al Franken in 2010--someone like Congresswoman Betty McCollum, perhaps--who will be virtually impossible to topple, ever. Franken will probably always be controversial, and the race will be a tossup every six years. All this is about now is trying to delegitimize Franken because a) Coleman might somehow manage to pull a rabbit out of his hat and hold the seat for a while longer, and Franken being seen as illegitimate could help keep down voter revolt as people will be glad to just get it over with, and b) so that Al will pipe down in the Senate and/or be an easier target down the line. At some point they're going to stop throwing away money.

Oh, by the way, wasn't Harry Reid going to try to seat Franken a few weeks back? God, the man's effective.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.