Remember the dire right-wing predictions that Al Franken, the first US Senator from talk radio and a comedian by trade, would be a clownish, partisan bomb-thrower? A pie in the face of the dignity of the most august body in the world? (One could argue that the US Senate is somewhat less than the most august anything in the world).
The clip above shows him factually destroying an anti-gay marriage presentation by Focus on The Family. It also reveals who Senator Franken actually turned out to be.
But we're not as impressed with Franken's righteousness and dogged preparation as we are with the calm, and non-aggressive way he handled himself while he totally collapsed the right reverend's central argument.
It's his style as a legislator and a politician. As a heads-down, elbows-up workaholic, he's kept his mouth shut even when he opens his mouth. He's spurred (if you will) the clichéed workhorse/showhorse comparison so many times, the meme has its own Al Franken Wikipedia page. Doing simple google-searches, it's rather surprising how rarely the Senator from Minnesota shows up in media.
Franken made his living for many years doing comedy and writing political parody. How he's different than every other dick with a microphone and an opinion about politics and the state of the nation, is that he shut up and did something about it.
While kicking back, enjoying the plush contours of their own fat asses, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck (speaking of dicks with mics) make a great deal of coin as they take potshots at those who are actually taking fire for their country.
As for Al Franken: such legislatin' shown in the footage above makes us glad he's on our side.