I had the thought when Al Franken hedged on his resignation by saying he’d do so in “the coming weeks”, that he was simply playing for time. Lo and behold, the ‘save Franken’ effort has emerged. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is quoted as saying that the demands from his Democrat brethren (with brethren in this context referring to fellow Democrat members of the U.S. Senate and not just males) are “the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen done to a human being”.
There are now, according to Politico, at least four Democrat Senators that are urging Franken to reconsider his pledge to resign and two of those are reversing their already published positions on the subject. Those two claim the Democrats rushed to judgment. This, of course, seems to fly in the face of the Minnesota Lt. Governor, Tina Smith, having already been named as Franken’s successor.
People who should be in the know are saying that Franken is still intending to resign in early January 2018. That is one of those wishy-washy statements that means nothing in the world of politics; more direct promises have been broken just as easily. Manchin claims that Sen. Franken basically said ‘take me through the Ethics Committee, and I’ll live by whatever decision is made there.’ There are more behind-the-scenes- rumbles that suggest Dems are moving away from their earlier theoretical decision. Another Democratic Senator has been quoted as saying “I think we acted prematurely before we had all the facts”. This Senator didn’t want to be named since he was aware this would probably place him in hot water with some of his counterparts. Two others who issued such statements are now saying they “rushed in” and called for his resignation “without appropriate…appropriate care and thought”.
To demonstrate how sorry he is, Franken showed up at a Bible study last Tuesday evening, a study he’d never before attended. “Hypocrite” is defined as a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.
It is indeed unfortunate that we have to go through such ministrations, but that seems necessary in the world of politics. This is one of those issues that is brought on to politics by politicians who seem to think that the rules do not apply to them, or that, at the very least, they ought to be ‘cut some slack’ when they engage in a little “innocent fun”.
Franken’s history suggests he was well aware that this was an abuse of the other’s rights, but that he also thought his rights superseded hers since he was a SENATOR. He seems to me to be a crude male pig who believes that his position entitles him to be able to stray from the straight and narrow.
I also, as stated at the top, saw the opening he’d left himself with the reference to ‘coming weeks’ which left the door open to a reprimand but which permitted him to retain his Senate seat. It didn’t take at all long for that “Get Out of Jail Free” card to be played. Now we can watch as the Senate Dems twist in the wind trying to find the exquisite excuse that will be necessary to reverse course as many of us suspected they would attempt in order to keep this jerk in the U.S. Senate.
It is still amazing to me that we rely on them to make laws that affect us in almost every facet of life, while they demonstrate their willful intent to abide only with the ones they think are applicable to them in their high positions.