The 'Not Ready For Prime Time' Senator

Phil Boehmke
As if the senate vote to confirm Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court wasn't insult enough, Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) took the opportunity to reveal his true sentiments about our nation and its institutions. During Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Kentucky) last appeal to his fellow senators, Franken engaged in a disgusting display of leftist contempt for the democratic process. The Hill reports that just prior to the final confirmation vote.

Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces white McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan, according to witnesses.

The television cameras broadcasting the speech on C-SPAN remained fixed on McConnell, missing Franken's antics from the Senate president's chair.

McConnell grew increasingly angry as Franken made fun of him before a crowded public gallery and Senate aides lining the chamber walls. Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion.

After McConnell finished his remarks, he walked up to the dais and rebuked him.

According to a witness who overheard Senator McConnell's restrained response to Franken he reminded his colleague that "This is not Saturday Night Live, Al."


After the session, Franken claims that he was unable to find Senator McConnell to apologize for his inappropriate conduct. Franken said.


"The Leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan," Franken said in a statement to The Hill. "He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully. I went to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn't there, so I've sent him a handwritten note."

The ‘Not Ready For Prime-Time' Senator clearly sees this as a minor insult to a senate colleague which can be quickly brushed aside with a non-apology apology and a "handwritten note." Mr. Franken seems totally unaware that his actions reflect badly on the people of Minnesota who he represents as senator and his disrespectful conduct is an affront to the American people at large.


Will anyone in the democrat leadership or the MSM hold Franken accountable for his childish display of contempt for Senator McConnell and the American people? I think we already know the answer to that. Did anyone take issue with Senator Hillary Clinton's facial expressions and "eye rolling" during President Bush's post 9/11 address before the joint session of congress?



paboehmke@yahoo.com

 
As if the senate vote to confirm Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court wasn't insult enough, Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) took the opportunity to reveal his true sentiments about our nation and its institutions. During Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Kentucky) last appeal to his fellow senators, Franken engaged in a disgusting display of leftist contempt for the democratic process. The Hill reports that just prior to the final confirmation vote.

Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces white McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan, according to witnesses.

The television cameras broadcasting the speech on C-SPAN remained fixed on McConnell, missing Franken's antics from the Senate president's chair.

McConnell grew increasingly angry as Franken made fun of him before a crowded public gallery and Senate aides lining the chamber walls. Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion.

After McConnell finished his remarks, he walked up to the dais and rebuked him.

According to a witness who overheard Senator McConnell's restrained response to Franken he reminded his colleague that "This is not Saturday Night Live, Al."


After the session, Franken claims that he was unable to find Senator McConnell to apologize for his inappropriate conduct. Franken said.


"The Leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan," Franken said in a statement to The Hill. "He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully. I went to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn't there, so I've sent him a handwritten note."

The ‘Not Ready For Prime-Time' Senator clearly sees this as a minor insult to a senate colleague which can be quickly brushed aside with a non-apology apology and a "handwritten note." Mr. Franken seems totally unaware that his actions reflect badly on the people of Minnesota who he represents as senator and his disrespectful conduct is an affront to the American people at large.


Will anyone in the democrat leadership or the MSM hold Franken accountable for his childish display of contempt for Senator McConnell and the American people? I think we already know the answer to that. Did anyone take issue with Senator Hillary Clinton's facial expressions and "eye rolling" during President Bush's post 9/11 address before the joint session of congress?



paboehmke@yahoo.com