Senator Al Franken. I don’t like it. But it could end up being a good thing.
Am I crazy? After all, doesn’t Franken provide the Democrats with a filibuster-proof majority? Perhaps, and of course it does. However, at this point I get the feeling as though every move made by the Democrats to spend more money, to expand federal power, seems to be met with more and more skepticism and dissent from Americans on both sides of the political spectrum. Franken’s win may allow the Democrats to force through anything they’d like, but the more force they use to expand power, the more concerned Americans will push back.
It is precisely that tendency to overreach which will manifest itself in further economic trouble, and as we get closer and closer to midterm elections in 2010, I firmly believe that nearly every action taken by the Democrats will build up more and more backlash at the polls. Add an outspoken, unqualified, ideologically rabid liberal joke politician to the mix, and that backlash will only grow further.
Sixty is a crucial number, but the success or failure of contentious, disastrous bills such as cap-and-trade and health care reform will turn on our ability to appeal to common sense among several Democrats interested in maintaining their seat, not just one. Al Franken, a senator? I call this a net loss for the left. After all, there’s a reason that Air America could never get off the ground — the man is simply not that popular, and his ideas simply do not resonate with most of America.