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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Brodkorb Gets Story on DJ Tice's Blog

Brodkorb is very good at this game. DJ Tice on the Big Question compares an Al Franken Statement to Ann Coulter's statement.

Ann Coulter is an embarrasment to conservatives, or anyhow she should be.

Coulter is a kind of shock rocker of rhetoric, ever laboring to sustain interest in her act by coming up with ever-more appalling stunts. Let's keep the chickens and puppies away from her, whatever we do.

There is no defense for Coulter’s recent insinuation — about which Eric posted Monday –that presidential candidate John Edwards is a “faggot.” There is not even any sense in it.

But, all that having been said, what defense do liberals offer for U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken's many outlandish remarks?

Consider in particular Franken's statement in this interview last October with the New Statesman (very near the end) that Sen Norm Coleman is…

"one of the [Bush] administration's leading butt boys."

For a Feb. 15 story about Franken’s announcement of his candidacy, the Star Tribune inquired about the authenticity of this quote, which was trotted out by the state GOP.

The Franken campaign did not dispute the quote.

Commenter Bill Prendergast, a liberal, won't defend Franken:

Bill Prendergast says:

March 5th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

No defense for Franken on this score. I've written elsewhere that I don't think he's a good candidate and I don't believe he's qualified to be in the Senate.

You want to be a satirist, be a satirist, but if you want to represent people in public office, you put away the nasty, juvenile remarks about political opponents–even if that's your "strength."

This, by the way, is why I don't listen to liberal talk radio and don't rely on it as a source of political information. Just like conservative talk radio–more heat that light.

Another commenter disagreed:

Ben says:

March 6th, 2007 at 12:24 am

I will admit that Franken’s comment is, in my opinion, less destructive (and much much much more humorous) than Coulters - hers didn’t even come close to the aroma of funny.

I’m not saying that “butt boy” is an acceptable thing for our representatives, or anyone for that matter, to go around calling one another - but in this case I don’t think it is in the same boat as Coulter’s comment.

I can overanalyze this if you want - Franken’s use of the term “butt boy” was meant as a knock on Coleman for being Bush’s ‘monkey’ (a better word, I believe, for what Franken meant). I don’t think Franken intended to use the term “butt boy” to evoke negative attitudes toward homosexuals - but unfortunately, he may have. Coulter’s remark, on the other hand, was nothing more than blatant hateful speech about both Edwards and gays. There was no substance to her claim - does she believe that someone possessing feminine traits can’t hold the highest office? What about Hillary, then?

Also, it goes to show you what saying things like this on TV versus in the paper will do to you.

I have emailed the Franken campaign for comment.