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Jim Morin
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We’ve already discussed the idea of Hillary Clinton nominating Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. I love it.

Speaking of revenge, Politico makes the case that Hillary Clinton should pick Al Franken as her Vice President. They have lots of good reasons, but the best one to me is that it would drive conservative pundits absolutely crazy. After all, Franken has authored books like “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” and “Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” (which featured a photo of Bill O’Reilly on the cover).

Franken could be the person best equipped to stand up to Trump … with humor. After all, Franken is a former comedian, and Trump seems to have no sense of humor at all. And Franken may be the best person to attract even die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton. Besides, he has been in the Senate for seven years; longer than either Obama or Clinton. And I like him because he seems to be the only senator who actually understands the internet, and is (as The Nation once said) “one of the Senate’s most impassioned champions of net neutrality”.

Does anyone else love the idea of Clinton as president, Franken as Veep, Sanders and Warren still fighting the good fight in the Senate, and Obama on the Supreme Court? For me, it would be a dream come true.



  1. il-08 wrote:

    So did you get this idea from or did both of you get it from Politico? Or did they get it from you? My guess is that Al Franken is sitting in his basement making all kinds of phone calls….

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  2. Mountain Man wrote:

    Actually, I’m hoping the Democrats will nominate a serious VP who is actually qualified to be the US President in case anything happens to the elected President. Al Franken would not be my idea of a qualified candidate for President.

    We’ve got an adequate supply of comedy in the race already coming from the Republican side. Sadly, for our own good and that of the rest of the civilized world, there’s really not a lot of room for jokers in the Oval Office.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  3. redjon wrote:

    So, yet another Harvard-educated Liberal. Seriously, though, Harvard-educated Liberals have not really done all that badly as presidents.

    And I would argue that Al is more satirist than comedian.

    Meanwhile, Franken is a serious politician considered not to be any sort of joke by his opposition in the Senate. Franken is certainly no Dan Quayle or Sarah Palin, but neither is he a Dick Cheney. Which is in my estimation a very GOOD thing.

    As to qualifications for the presidency, the constitution is clear. Why not Al, really?

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Actually, Franken has been a VERY serious politician since he was elected. Even when he was a humorist, his books were well researched. Would you refuse to take Jon Stewart seriously as a candidate if he ran for office?

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  5. redjon wrote:

    Quoting the Politico article, “Franken can match wits with Trump, and then some.” Which is true.

    And, “Franken has worked hard to prove he is a detail-oriented, issues-driven senator, not a political novelty act. But he has decades of experience skewering factually challenged conservatives.”

    “Skewering factually challenged conservatives,” and doing it so successfully for so long and doing it on his feet, goes a long way toward him being really an excellent candidate.

    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Hillary Clinton and Al Franken ganging up intellectually and banging over the head with truth and irony whoever the GOP ends up putting forward… and doing it joyfully and with genuine smiles on their faces. What an act this could be!

    Yikes… Did I just actually say that? I’m grinning already.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  6. Canuck wrote:

    Bill has found his way to a 3rd and 4th term, perhaps with Chelsea, a 5th and 6th, and with Barrack in the Court ‘for life’ to back them up …. it sounds like a pretty sweet dynasty.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm | Permalink