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Today was a good day for Al Franken

These are very good days for Al Franken as he approaches the DFL state convention. The senate candidate received today the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization over 300,000 union workers in the state.

Also today, the May issue of Atlantic Monthly, which includes a long, glowing profile on Franken, arrived in Minnesota mailboxes. No new ground is covered in the piece by Joshua Green, a senior editor of the magazine. But there was only one mention of Franken’s opponent for DFL endorsement, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, “a retiring professor,” in the piece.

Interestingly, though Green spent time at Franken’s home and though he spent time on the campaign trail with the candidate, he was not allowed to ride along.

“To project a more senatorial air, Franken is trying hard to watch what he says, and his staff has placed him in a kind of protective custody: journalists are not allowed to ride along, as is standard campaign practice, less they overhear and report an undignified remark,” Green wrote.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Juan Gomez on 04/04/2008 - 10:09 pm.

    Download a documentary about Al called “Al Franken: God Spoke” here:

  2. Submitted by Paul Rozycki on 04/04/2008 - 10:25 pm.

    Kinda funny (and dismaying) how the national press isn’t doing journalism on this Senate race. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer a “retiring” professor? Where did The Atlantic Monthly get their writer from? Assumption University? Jack very well could be the party endorsed candidate yet they didn’t even talk to him. As the saying goes, man, whssamatterwhitchu?

    It isn’t journalism if all you do is follow the famous guy that the national party and their affiliates did their group think and decided for Minnesota who they were going to have as their Democrat for Senate. In Minnesota here, we’ve made it a contest for the endorsement, and that in spite of the nationals trying to dominate the discussion.

    I like Al, he’s a nice guy. He’s done a lot for the left, especially with Air America. But he’s not “The Perfessor” when it comes to the issues and the vision and political courage we’ve been needing. Jack has global warming right, he’s not going to fool around with nuclear power, as Al will. Jack also has the US imperial designs on Iraq figured out, in fact he was Paul Wellstone’s foreign policy advisor. (Al supported the war, then figured out the basis of the war was dishonest and srote “Lies and the Lying Liers”.) Jack will set a departure date. Al won’t.

    I also like how Jack supports single payer health care. It’s the best solution; it gets the best results, and it costs so much less. (Al gets it that single payer is best, but he doesn’t support it. He has a 50 states patchwork plan that keeps the for profit insurance industry as players, and probably controllers, of the whole sheebang.)

  3. Submitted by Charley Underwood on 04/05/2008 - 09:59 pm.

    A few questions might give some perspective.

    How many Atlantic Monthly readers will be delegates to the Rochester state DFL convention?

    How many Doug Grow readers who read this item about the Atlantic Monthly article about Al Franken will be state delegates?

    How many of those combined three universes (Grow, Atlantic, convention) will be receiving their primary information about Al Franken from this coverage?

    Interestingly, most delegates will probably make their decisions based listening to candidate speeches or even personal conversations with the candidates or their volunteers. (If you don’t believe this, ask any delegate about the calls they have been getting from the candidates themselves.)

    Yes, Democrats at the national level are eager to help us here in Minnesota as we work to get rid of Bush enabler Norm. They have seen the SNL skits and maybe read “Lies and the Lying Liars,” but they really don’t know Jack. If Jack gets the endorsement, there will suddenly be articles in the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the Washington Post, the NY Times and so on. It is a beauty of the caucus/convention system that delegates actually get to ask the hard questions of the job applicants for U.S. Senator.

    It is a tremendous advantage for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer that he knows the answers. This race isn’t over yet, despite what you might here from a magazine from “Back East.”

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