- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 27, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Though most people could ignore his rancorous political narcissism before, there is no ignoring Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, now. The machinations of the Democratic leadership aside, Mr. Franken is more than an aberration. He is a vindictive demagogue with a history of doing anything to get attention.

Indeed, his clumsy disrespect for Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, while presiding over the chamber by refusing to grant Mr. Lieberman an extra minute to finish his remarks on the health care debate - because he, as a senator from Minnesota, objected - is the first sign of Mr. Franken’s inability to contain himself as a senator. He certainly is no statesman.

The reason most of the liberal media ignored the story is that Mr. Franken is an embarrassment to them. Not knowing whether they elected a Franken or a Frankenstein, Minnesota voters undoubtedly will be embarrassed until the end of his term. Then again, they elected Jesse Ventura as their governor, and he certainly betrayed them. The question is: When will they learn?

DANIEL B. JEFFS

Apple Valley, Calif.

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