It was all creamy for all us Blue Islanders today as Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher brought their national live show to the genteel auspices of Town Hall, on Seattle’s First Hill.
The Franken Show is the flagship on Air America’s local station KPTK, which would rather be known as AM1090, its location on the dial.The station gained an impressive half share in the local winter ratings book and everyone's pretty excited about the prospect of building an infrastructure for truth to counter the Republican noise machine.
A frisky, friendly SRO crowd was packed with stylish progressives dressed in our stylish progressive suits and imbued with the healthy optimism, quick humor, and the stunningly attractive irony we’re known for.
In a presser after the show, Franken said that he and his wife have bought a house in Minneapolis and plan to move in around the first of the year. He’ll do radio from there and figure out next year whether he'ill take a run at Republican Norm Coleman, the opportunistic sack of poo who cynically manipulated the media around Paul Wellstone’s funeral to get himself elected to the Senate from Minnesota in 2002.
Read Franken’s, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right for a never been challenged eye witness account of those sad days and how the "party of values” took the tragic October deaths to the political bank.
(It's thoroughly disgusting, and Coleman owes an apology to the human race, if not God. There's some pretty awesome karma in all that and we wouldn't want to be in Coleman's neighborhood when it comes down).
First District Congressman Jay Inslee matched wits with Franken and was eloquent in his pitch for his upcoming House bill that would fund a program modeled after the Apollo mission, (JFK’s inspiring successful to-the-moon-in-10 years program). His plan will strive to wean us off fossil fuels by inventing and developing our way out of this greasy and dangerous state of affairs.
Inslee is a great Democrat who was an impressive voice campaigning for Kerry last year and who we hope will be a long-lived public servant in our state and the nation. He has the brains, the personal political skills and the hair to be national material.
County Exec. Ron Sims in shirt sleeves and laid-back demeanor spoke about his encouragement of gay and lesbian couples to sue him and King County in order to send the issue of marriage equality to the courts. Sims grew in our eyes with his unsuccessful run at the governership and sticking out his formidable neck advocating for an income tax, and gay rights. Those principled and courageous stands assure him of never being elected to a statewide office, and that’s probably why he seems so relaxed and comfortable.
(Rev. Ken Hutcherson says that Ron Sims (and Mayor Greg Nickels) inspired him to get active in the anti-marriage rights campaign and claims that he and his cultish followers were responsible for Sims primary defeat. BlatherWatch is looking forward to the days when Hutcherson's opposition will be a political plus for a politician. That day is coming sooner than you'd think, but, of course, not soon enough).
Republicans are after Sims with tooth and claw, offering up County Commish Dave “Big Woody” Irons who is “more than magnificent – he's mediocre," as Sam Goldwyn would've said.
Stranger editor, sex pundit, soccer dad, and celebrated sodomite Dan Savage, (blatherWatch readers’ number one pick to be a local Air America talk host) was his usual hilarious, politically spot-on self, though he was somewhat hampered by not being able to say fuck.
Franken loved Savage’s ass (though not, we were assured by his people, in the biblical sense). When Savage said that fearful gays, (he and his partner among them) had seriously considered moving to Canada, Franken said: “We don’t need you in Canada, we need you here. And we need more Canadians to move here.”
Sen. Maria Cantwell was scheduled to phone in to the show, but was waylaid (again not, reportedly, in the biblical sense) in the Senate. That’s unfortunate, she could use a little of the kind of juice that Franken & Co. has to offer. The R’s are tooling up to get her in 2006 and she’s widely thought to be vulnerable; what with her grasp of the issues, and lack of smarm. She was elected in 2000 by a tiny margin and was seen as only a couple of degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the reptilian Sen.Slade Gorton.
Cantwell has grown into her job, is the go-to person in the Senate on high-tech issues, and is heads-down, elbows-up, hard-working senator. Watch them smear her as cold and wonkish. They haven’t been able to hang the tried-and-true Hillary “bitch” label on her yet, though we won’t be surprised when they begin.
BlatherWatch sat down with AM1090 Program Director Jim Trapp, who again assured us the station will be hiring local talk hosts. A major problem, he said, is that the bench for liberal talk hosts is nearly non-existent. “Au contraire,” we cried with great alacrity (and extra mayo) and referred him to our recent and definitive opus, Air America Staffing Nearly Complete.
Another piece of good news gleaned from Trapp is that they’re planning a national shoe like Monday’s with Big Eddie Schultz, the Fargo-based liberal talker with a red state twang who is doing well both nationally and in Seattle.