Grading Franken: His first year as senator

Al Franken: "I've been trying to be effective, trying to get things done, and working very hard."

Franken followed a first-year strategy dubbed The Hillary Model.

Political analyst Steve Smith on Franken's sharp tongue: "He seems to have kept that in check."


Norm Coleman's campaign manager Cullen Sheehan: "He's going to be a big target."

Walter Mondale: "There was a fear that he'd go down and be a comedian and he hasn't done that."

GOP chairman Tony Sutton: "He's still the hyper-sarcastic talk show and comedian."

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Roy Everson on 07/07/2010 - 03:03 pm.

    Yes, Tony, but you’re the one who looks like Louis Anderson.

  2. Submitted by David Willard on 07/07/2010 - 11:28 pm.

    And yes, Roy, Al Franken still looks and acts like Al Franken. Maybe the State of Minnesota could get a less effective Senator, but Mark Dayton is taken.

  3. Submitted by Stanley Cobb on 07/08/2010 - 02:57 pm.

    What a strange political world we live in. Al Franken, one of the lower level comedians to grace the SNL stage was more depressing than humorous, but after seeing him snoozing during Senate meetings and doodling in his notebook, he’s finally getting the laughs he deserves. I do applaud him on any legislation or help for canine companions, but he’s not bright enough or even respected enough to sleep through sessions while taxpayers pay for his naps. Minnesota, land of lakes, certainly has someone that can beat him in a primary. His arrogance and thinly veiled castigation of his GOP counterparts only continues this disgusting trend displayed by both parties. The GOP denying unemployment to the 1.2 million workers on a stand-alone bill makes me wonder if a true 3rd party is needed to serve those who pay their salaries-the one subject that both parties agree on-that they deserve a raise. Are they serious? While over a million people spent Independence Day without a check for the past 4 weeks for hot dogs or gasoline to job hunt, I’ve pledged never to vote a straight ticket again. Take some no-doze, Al. It’s embarrassing to see a freshman Senator getting paid to snooze. Sen. Byrd was more attentive than you were. R.I.P.

  4. Submitted by Mary Adrian on 07/09/2010 - 12:10 pm.

    I find it very hard to believe Franken has a 50% approval rating and even less believable, that Klobucher has a 60% approval rating.
    Whenever I write to either one, Franken always responds that he’s voting the complete opposite of what I’ve told him I want, and Klobucher doesn’t even bother to respond at all.
    We should be congratulating CA for getting their 3rd Senator while MN is still stuck with just one, and a hard left one at that.

  5. Submitted by Rebecca Hoover on 07/13/2010 - 05:22 pm.

    Al Franken has actually had some impact even in his first year — that’s a good sign. His contribution to the financial reform package will help regular investors throughout the country. He has been a good friend to women and he seems poised to take on needed support for Minnesota’s increasingly aging population. I like Franken. He is doing a good job.

    On the other hand, Amy Kobuchar is Klobuchar the Queen of End Photo Ops and Speeches. Wherever there is a camera in the state, one will find Klobuchar posing for a picture. I would not be surprised to see her popping up uninbited at the birthday parties, weddings, funerals and even baptisms. She rushes out a puts on quite a show whenever there is any natural disaster where cameras might be found. A branch fell in a little wind storm in my suburb and I wondered if Amy would show up with camera crew at hand. Alas, she has few accomplishments and seems to be continuing a run for Prom Queen rather than taking any interest in a serious role in the Senate.

  6. Submitted by Dan Pederson on 07/21/2010 - 12:09 pm.

    I’ve never heard any sarcasm coming from the GOP side. (In case you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic.)

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