Al Franken

I just read the recent article in the New Yorker about Al Franken by Jane Mayer (July 29, 2019). It is a model of responsible journalism and lays the facts out admirably. He should clearly not have been forced to resign. It reminded me of when I met him in 2013 at George Soros’s wedding (though I had met him briefly a few years before at my gym in New York just after George W. Bush “won” the presidency for the second time). I told him my favorite Soros joke: “What is the difference between a Hungarian and a Romanian? They will both sell you their mother, but the Hungarian will deliver”. Franken said he thought it was a good joke. Now he has had his life destroyed.


5 responses to “Al Franken”

  1. Joseph K. says:

    Apropos of this post, I think you would enjoy this two-minute clip of a bit from Dave Chapelle’s new Netflix comedy special

  2. says:

    Always liked Franken’s politics. Why he resigned from the Senate without a proper fight I don’t know. I guess it was just the hysteria of the moment. Yet in the hysteria of the previous moment, Trump, a known serial sexual harasser, was elected President.

  3. Timothy Beneke says:

    I agree that it was quite unfair. I think he knew that if he had insisted on an investigation the Republicans would have thoroughly exploited the bad press. And at the time it was believed that there was about a 50-50 chance Democrats would take the House. I’m sure they would have anyway, but that was not knowable at the time. His forced resignation was of course unfair, but there is a certain utilitarian logic that reasonable people could defend at the time…

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