In the forward of his book, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” published in May, Sen. Al Franken told readers that he would explain to them how Washington really worked.
Apparently, the book also sheds a little light on his character as well — and it is about as disgusting as it gets.
A review of the book by The New York Times cast the senator as a “giant phony” who pretended to be serious in public “while his inner comic monologue never stopped running.” The article pointed out that during his 2008 campaign, he was asked about a joke he made in 1995 about raping and drugging CBS reporter Lesley Stahl.
The Minnesota Democrat didn’t think he should have to apologize for the joke.
“To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I’d been my entire life,” Franken wrote in the book, as reported by The Times.
“And I wasn’t sorry that I had written Porn-o-Rama or pitched that stupid Lesley Stahl joke at 2 in the morning. I was just doing my job,” he wrote.
But that was written long after he won the Senate seat.
Things were different in 2008. After Franken’s remarks emerged, the senator lost support from women voters.
So, he did what many Democrats do when faced with the possibility of losing an election — he lied.
The Times tried to gloss it over as a “little white lie” when he apologized for the Lesley Stahl joke, but in his book, Franken was franker.
“I learned that campaigns have their own rules, their own laws of physics, and that if I wasn’t willing to accept that, I would never get to be a senator,” he wrote.
Franken’s admission that politics is governed by a different set of rules may sound eerily familiar.
If you’ll recall, failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made similar statements, as revealed in excerpts from emails that were published by Wikileaks.
“You just have to sort of figure out how to … balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today,” Clinton wrote, according to one of the excerpts.
“But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,” it continued. “So, you need both a public and a private position.”
So, here we have two Democrats admitting that it’s OK to deceive the public because, you know, politics.
Actually, it isn’t OK.
Franken’s pathetic apology to newscaster Leeann Tweeden and others for sexually harassing them looks different when we understand the senator plays by his own rules.
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