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Al Franken...........Great American or Bad Guy ?????(19 posts)

Al Franken...........Great American or Bad Guy ?????MR_GRUMPY
Oct 22, 2003 11:26 AM
Hey ! If Arnold can do it, why not Al

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16696
Misguided! nmLive Steam
Oct 22, 2003 11:33 AM
How about neither?TJeanloz
Oct 22, 2003 11:35 AM
I don't see him as either a great American or a bad guy. Just a guy trying to make a living, and he fills a niche. He fills the same niche for angry rhetoric that Michael Moore, and Ralph Nader have occupied.

He says things that should be said - but he's not really a hero for making those points.
If he plays his cards right, he could go into politics.MR_GRUMPY
Oct 22, 2003 11:47 AM
But I don't think that he wants that. Too much work. I don't even think that he would pull an "Arnold", if he had the chance.
I don't think you should put those names together.dr hoo
Oct 23, 2003 3:52 AM
Franken and Moore I can see, but Nader?

If for nothing else, his seat belt crusade has saved tens of thousands of lives over the years. He has been influential from way back then (the 60's) through 2000 elections, and that is a LONG time. 5 decades. He's done a lot more than just produce "angry rhetoric".
I agree with that, but I'd still put his name in thereTJeanloz
Oct 23, 2003 5:23 AM
He has produced a lot more than angry rhetoric, but that's all he has produced for what, ten years? I agree that Mr. Nader has had some significant accomplishments in his crusades (for lack of a better word), but I don't see him as a crusader (for lack of a better word) at this point - just a political mouthpeice.

I could be wrong - but that's my perception.
In the last ten years he produced...dr hoo
Oct 23, 2003 5:48 AM
... the president of the united states. That's pretty infuential.

I agree with you though about the last decade. His biggest work is behind him.
I don't think he wants credit for that one (nm)TJeanloz
Oct 23, 2003 6:06 AM
Insignificant. nmNo_sprint
Oct 22, 2003 1:34 PM
Good American...he just seems great compared to the Neanderthalsbicyclerepairman
Oct 22, 2003 2:49 PM
he's calling to task.
I can't see paying $42 to see him in ChicagoMR_GRUMPY
Oct 22, 2003 4:56 PM
Of course, I couldn't see paying $42 to see anyone talk.
$25 for his new book, also.......
Not as funny as Bush, but he does it on purpose , so...Cory
Oct 22, 2003 7:30 PM
...it's harder for him.
As a political commentator he's a hack, and asOldEdScott
Oct 23, 2003 6:52 AM
a comedian he's not very funny. All in all, Al Franken isn't very helpful to the cause.
Bubba sure loved havin' him around nmLive Steam
Oct 23, 2003 7:04 AM
Every time he goes on TV, he createsOldEdScott
Oct 23, 2003 8:33 AM
new conservatives. Just like Anne Coulter causes mass defections to the liberal cause from people frightened by her usual outfit of brownshirt and jackboots. Some people are so counterproductive, you almost suspect they're planted provocateurs.

Hmmm ... So Annie's really a commie?
started his book last nightgtx
Oct 23, 2003 8:31 AM
Just got it from the library. I kept laughing out loud and couldn't put it down. He picks some easy targets and there's nothing terribly new but still, funny.
would like to see him and Dennis Miller debate nmDougSloan
Oct 23, 2003 10:49 AM
Points awarded for being most annoying? nmOldEdScott
Oct 23, 2003 10:54 AM
or points for most metaphors? nmDougSloan
Oct 23, 2003 11:09 AM