Archive for the ‘Whining’ Category

The Truth about Joe Wilson’s Personal Health Care Plan

September 11, 2009

In typical hypocrite fashion we see Senator Joe Wilson opposed to any health care reform plan.   Just not when it comes to his own flesh and blood.  For you see, Joe Wilson and each of his four sons are covered by free military health care coverage.  Newsweek has the entire article.

If Joe Wilson had to PAY for his insurance coverage monthly (like the rest of us) then he might sing a different tune.  How nice it must be to have a government program paying for all of your laboratory tests, prescriptions, doctor’s visits and hospitalizations?

Once again, a hypocrite that has free, complete, life-time medical coverage stands in the way of decent hard-working Americans who want the same opportunities.  Shame on you, Joe Wilson.


How to become a Wingnut Darling by Badtux the Snarky Penguin

September 11, 2009

How to become a wingnut darling by Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Let’s say you’re a wingnut Representative from the Old South. You got a nigger President. Worst yet, you got an opponent breathin’ down your throat who came within a few thousand votes of getting you thrown out of office despite your opponent having less money for his campaign than the average Mercedes Benz owner spends on caviar each year. You need money, you need publicity, and you need it fast. What do you do?

Well, you live in Crackerville, and everybody there hates niggers. So what do you need to do? Well… that’s simple. While the President of the United States is speaking to Congress, jump out of your seat and shout, at the top of your voice, “LIAR!”.

Presto chango, you just went from being an about-to-be-voted-out has-been to hero of the wingnut base, a sizable number of whom live in your district and hate niggers and spics and thus love the fact that you just called a nigger a liar (while lying in the process of doing so, but hey, let’s not talk truth, what matters is truthiness!). Expect Rep. Joe Wilson to appear on Faux News multiple times over the next few weeks as their new hero of outrageous wingnuttery now that Sarah Palin is moving off into the sunset and Michelle Bachman is getting old (literally) and too crazy even for wingnuts to stand. And remember, if a Republican politician can tap into this wingnut base, he no longer needs the rich money men who traditionally have elected Presidents. Obama raised as much money from individuals via this new Internet-driven marketing and funding mechanism as he did from the traditional Democratic fundraisers aimed at the rich, and so the rich money men decide to keep their wallets closed because they don’t want to be associated with this kind of lunacy? No problem… just twitter and blog around, and voila!

Of course, this is just a recipe for further labeling the Republican Party as a party of lunatics, conspiracy theorists, racists, and gun fetishists who stroke their guns while masturbating every evening, but hey, that’s not Joe Wilson’s problem. He just needs to get elected in 2010. And he just improved his chances of doing so, given the nature of his district. So anyhow, I gotta applaud Joe Wilson: He may have just helped his re-election chances immensely, but he also just helped the Republican brand go even further into the gutter. Bravo, Joe Wilson, for your fine efforts in electing more Democrats in saner parts of the country!

— Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Are PALIN’S TROUBLES just beginning??

August 5, 2009

Aw, Sarah…you only THOUGHT that resigning as Governor of Alaska would end your troubles with ethics violations and investigations.  HA, HA!  Fooled you!  Somehow, those rotten fish guts just keep following you around (the violations of ethics, I mean).

In yesterday’s Anchorage Daily News we learn that the truth about the discounts afforded to Todd Palin’s Arctic Cat business for sponsorships will NOT remain secret with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Darn it! Sarah thought she could keep those perks a  secret, eh?  Not so.

In one lingering issue, the Alaska Public Offices Commission has refused Palin’s request to keep secret the discounts that come from her husband’s Arctic Cat sponsorship. APOC also said Palin needs to disclose all the gifts she received last year, rejecting her interpretation that she doesn’t need to until after she gets around to actually opening the gifts.

Palin has told APOC “there are boxes of unopened mail at this point, even mail that was delivered in 2008.”

Well, hell, now that she’s not the  Gov anymore, who will be the lackey to actually OPEN her mail and READ it!?!

This woman, Sarah Palin, is a joke.  She continues to make me laugh. More to come, I’m sure.  She can’t ever keep her mouth shut so she’ll have some sort of Twitter or nonsense to spout. And I’ll keep on laughing when they lock her up for the violations that will finally surface.

Sarah Palin – May she vanish into obscurity!!!

July 10, 2009

I’ve devoted space on this blog to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.  Now that she has resigned you would think she would vanish into the private sector even obscurity, never to be heard from again.  But no.  We continue to see her name and her assinine comments in the blogosphere, newspapers and the evening news.  What a shame!  Once again, ya can’t trust her. It’s obvious her resignation was just a ploy for more attention.  Hence a look at the narcissistic Palin and the latest in her round of  “Look at me, Look at me!!! Don’t forget me!!!” positioning for attention.

In today’s, respected blogger, Joe Conason, gives us the background on how the GOP operatives chose Palin for McCain’s VP nominee.  Go here to read the full story:

In today’s Yahoo News there’s report of a news conference held by Levi Johnston, former fiancee’ of Palin’s daughter and father of her child.  Levi speculates she resigned because the book deals and offers for television shows will be more lucrative than remaining in the Alaskan statehouse.   That makes perfect sense if you take into account the “Look at me! Look at me! Pay attention to me” stance Palin has taken since her first coming-out last Fall.

We only THOUGHT we would be hearing the last of this narcissistic, Sarah Palin.  Unfortunately, it looks like she’s going to hang around.

Margaret and Helen – a Remarkable Blog

July 9, 2009

In the past I have declared my admiration for two women, in their eightys who are bloggers.  They speak their minds about most things political.  Usually their blogs are a bit irreverant and funny.  But today I had to close the door to my office when I read the latest blog about Sarah Palin.  I was laughing so loudly and couldn’t stop.

Margaret rarely posts.  She’s an artist and not much of a writer according to Helen, the main writer for this blog.  I hope you’ll go out there and read this hilarious take on Sarah Palin’s resignation!  Go to  Just be prepared to laugh until your cry.  The candid, honest statements made by Helen are more than amusing – they are truthful!  Go HELEN!

What Republicans Say

July 8, 2009

This poem was written by a friend.   I agreed to post it on  my blog because I think he clearly states how Republicans are viewed by a great number of people in the United States and around the world.  It’s a sad statement on what a once-great political party has come to stand for.  The saddest part is that their members really don’t care to change how they are perceived, but they really don’t care to change their behavior because it displays the following true values.

What Republicans Say….

What Republicans say:
“Family values”
What they mean:
“I value my family; to hell with yours.”

What Republicans say:
“Personal responsibility”
What they mean:
“Rich people are responsible; if you’re poor, it must be because you’re irresponsible.”

What Republicans say:
“Fiscal responsibility”
What they mean:
“Obliterating the budget with war and tax breaks”

What Republicans say:
“Fair and balanced”
What they mean:
“Biased in my favor”

What Republicans say:
What they mean:
“Human life is valuable and ought to be protected before birth (unless it’s in China, because, after all, we like our Walmart crap to be really cheap); after that, it’s your own damn problem. Unless you’re terminally ill and want to die; then you have to live. Oh, and except if you commit a crime, even if you’re not yet of legal age. Then it’s death for you.”

What Republicans say:
“Spreading Democracy”
What they mean:

What Republicans say:
“Our allies abroad”
What they mean:
“Communist China (the West’s great-big sweat shop which has reportedly forced women into abortions) and Saudi Arabia, an Islamic Monarchy”

What Republicans say:
“Border security”
What they mean:
“We need to find a way to allow just enough Mexican pseudo-slaves in here without giving them any sort of legal status.”

What Republicans say about healthcare:
“Protecting choice and freedom”
What they mean:
“Protecting my choice and freedom to make sure you’re denied care.”

I CAN see clearly NOW – GOP Racists Surface

July 7, 2009

New GOP “Racist” Headache by John Avlon

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After “Barack the Magic Negro” and other GOP racial gaffes, a top Young Republican official—who hopes to be elected chairman Saturday—laughs at a racial slur about President Obama. The Daily Beast’s John Avlon on a choice facing GOP brass: Lose the radical fringe, or never email, use social media or send out holiday CDs again.

Note to Republicans: Racist “humor,” the Internet, and political ambitions don’t mix. Audra Shay, vice chairman of the Young Republicans and the leading candidate to be elected its chairman on Saturday, is now the latest in a growing list of GOP officials learning this lesson the hard way, based on pictures of a now-deleted Facebook page obtained by The Daily Beast.


“This is still America… freedom of speech and thought is still allowed… for now any ways… and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boy… and if yur ass is black don’t let the sun set on it in a southern town…”

On Wednesday, Shay—a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindal—was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s healthcare plan.” At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote “It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…”

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic]  is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments:  “You tell em Eric!  lol.”

(Click Here to see Facebook comments:—avlon-audra-shay-facebook-03_233200859004.jpg )

Shay now claims that she was only responding to Piker’s first comments, not having noticed the second.  The eight-minute gap between the second post and her response strains the credibility of this defense.

It didn’t take long for other posters on Shay’s page to do the math.  First, Derek Moss wrote “What’s disheartening is the use of the word ‘coon’ in 2009. Wow… I’m usually outnumbered about 500-to-1 on Audra’s threads so go ahead, lemme have it, I deserve it.” He apparently expected to be criticized as among this crowd for calling out the racist comment.

Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay?  I just looked it up.  ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”

This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language.! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”

Shay was silent on this exchange, but soon word started spreading throughout the Young Republican circuit, open to GOP members under 40.  Significantly, Shay then “de-friended” Wallender and Conner—in the world of Facebook, that means cutting off relations—after calling her out, but kept Piker as a “friend” (subsequently, it appears their profiles are no longer linked).

“If Audra really did find these remarks to be ‘outright disgusting,’ then why was her response to immediately de-friend those who made statements against Eric’s blatant racism?” Wallender wrote yesterday in a letter to the Young Republican National Committee. “I was blocked for stating that Eric’s racist comment was “NOT OKAY. And it is not funny.” Please take a moment look at the entire screenshot linked above, and ask yourself: which comment would lead you to de-friend someone, mine, or Eric’s?”

In the face of the “coons” comment, Shay’s main concern seems to have been damage control. She deleted the controversial exchanges from her page (but not before screenshots were taken) and tried to tamp down the fire internally. Almost eight hours after Piker’s comments, and Shay’s ensuing “LOL”, Shay posted a Facebook status update stating that neither she—nor her Young Republican political slate—“condones the use of racial slurs on my wall…. It is not right to nor appropriate to talk that way and will not be accepted!”

At 10:31 p.m., a friend named Dale Lawson raised the P.C. defense, writing “the over reaction to it was a little amusing.”  Then her friend Piker came roaring back: “I agree with dale… this is still America… freedom of speech and thought is still allowed… for now any ways… and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boy… and if yur ass is black don’t let the sun set on it in a southern town…”

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On Thursday morning, the leading black conservative site posted a story on the exchange. One of the site’s founders, Lenny McAllister, author of the upcoming Diary of a Mad Black PYC (Proud Young Conservative), quickly released a statement of condemnation, which provoked a flurry of emails from Shay supporters and ultimately Shay herself. “Throughout most of my interaction with Audra and some of her supporters over this issue, there was a strong defense of her actions,” McAllister told me.  “Audra and I eventually got to a place where she apologized to me personally about the whole incident, but others have wondered if her public statement was an apology or merely political posturing.”

More than 36 hours after the comments were first posted, Shay released a statement condemning their “disgusting” content, which she said she was “not aware of” when she posted her response. She then spends the second half of her statement pointing a finger at the real culprits for the “web of misconception and untruths”: her political opponents at the Young Republicans. “It is a disgrace that these types of political attacks are taking place and once again, it proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory.” Shay did not respond to emails sent to her personal account requesting comment.

Taken by themselves, the exchanges on Shay’s page might be dismissed as an isolated ugly incident.  But there’s a pattern emerging from the fringe of the GOP grassroots. Three weeks ago, former South Carolina State Election Director and Richland County GOP Chairman Rusty DePass “joked” on his Facebook page that first lady Michelle Obama was descended from a gorilla which had gone missing from a local zoo. Days later, Tennessee state legislative aide Sherri Goforth emailed out an image labeled “Historical Keepsake”—showing august portraits of all the presidents of the United States, ending with a pair of googly-eyes peering out from a black background to symbolize President Obama. When confronted, the aide to State Senator Diane Black said only that she regretted sending the image to the wrong email list and from her government address. She was “reprimanded” by her supervisors but not otherwise punished (a forced furlough at Memphis’s National Civil Rights Museum would have been an inspired penalty). And of course, all this has taken place after Chip Saltzman’s bid to be RNC Chairman was derailed by his decision to mail out a parody CD featuring the song “Barack the Magic Negro.”

“It seems like some of us Republicans are taking our conservative message, mixing it with personal prejudices and racist views, and calling it patriotism,” says McAllister.  “You can cover cyanide with chocolate, but you still can’t call it candy.”

This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.

This story is still unfolding. The election for chairman of the Young Republicans will be held this weekend at their national conference in Indianapolis and a new urgency is now infusing the vote. “I saw something that was morally wrong, and as a conservative I took it upon myself as an individual to stand up, and I do not regret it at all,” Wallender wrote in her letter to the committee. “I was attacked for wanting better for Young Republicans—in my lifetime of work for the Republican Party I have never been accused of being a “RINO,” until now, by Audra’s supporters.”

It will be interesting to hear what Governor Jindal and other influential supporters of Audra Shay’s candidacy will say about this incident. In a response to my request for a comment from RNC Chairman Michael Steele, his communications director Trevor Francis stated simply but firmly, “This type of language is inappropriate, and is not representative of the views of the Young Republicans.”

With their party at a crossroads in the wilderness, Young Republicans have an opportunity to send a message and set a direction this weekend. Will they embrace the ideals of the Party of Lincoln, and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic?” Or turn toward the self-segregating notes of “Barack the Magic Negro?”

Opposite actions for Palin: Turntail and run OR Threaten to sue

July 5, 2009

The actions of former Governor, Sarah Palin, border on the absurd. She either runs away or shakes her fist and threatens anyone who wants facts about her behavior.

If you believe that Sarah Palin is going to  live the quiet life of a private citizen ….you’re delusional!  The resignation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is nothing more than a media ploy.  Palin thrives on the conflict, verbal slings and weird whining that she and her minions put forth in the press.

As an example we can take a closer look at the threatening letter issued by her Alaska-based attorney, Thomas Van Flein, to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation.  In his letter, Van Flein writes, “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Time and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

So ya see, Palin isn’t willing to resign and “go quietly in the night” as a private citizen.  She wants to stir up legal proceedings, harass people practicing “free speech”, and continue to fill her coffers by whining that “she’s being treated unfairly”.

In a fantastic blog by Shannyn Moore, an Alaskan citizen (Shannyn Moore: Just a Girl from Homer, we learn of the divisive and punitive antics of the Palin’s administration to shield her from open record’s inquiries. Moore outlines the disgusting and disturbing actions of Palin’s administration to keep fellow blogger, Linda Kellen Biegel from obtaining emails between Palin and radio bigot, Eddie Burke.  Palin’s lackeys have put up road blocks that caused Linda to raise over $5,000 to pay for transcripts of those emails.  I suppose Palin believed upping the ante for her correspondence would stall Biegel.  However, it didn’t.  Biegel supporters donated the money so citizens can actually have some transparency in the Alaskan statehouse.  Find Linda’s blog at :

So, as I see it, the legacy of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial stint is two fold:

  1. She turns tail and resigns as Governor of Alaska just when her popularity is in decline and the Alaskan Legislature gives opposition to her “plans” for the future of the state.
  2. She threatens public citizens who question her ethics, demand open records, or states opinions.

With that legacy, we can all pray to God that Sarah Palin is defeated in any attempt to hold a national office.  Because all this legacy leaves is the reality that Sarah Palin is only out for one thing….popularity and media attention for Sarah Palin.

HA, HA, HA! Fooled you! says Palin

July 4, 2009

Ha, Ha, Ha, fooled you, said Sarah Palin.  You only THOUGHT I wanted to be the Governor of Alaska.  I really didn’t like representing the people of Alaska, so today I resigned.  You see, I have my hopes and sights on a position of higher authority….no, no, no…..I can’t be God….yet.  That job is reserved for a male!

But I do realize that if I continue in the Governor’s job in Alaska, I won’t be able to effectively put myself in the center of the national news.  I’ll have to focus on the declining economy in Alaska, and my lack of popularity in Alaska may “rub off” on my potential to hold a national office.  Also, I’ll be so far away from the lower 48 that I won’t be taken seriously if I do want to be Presidente’.

Additionally, that article in Vanity Fair was so UNFAIR.  Those former McCain spokesmen don’t really know the true Sarah Palin, do they?  They are sore losers and wouldn’t allow me to give a fine concession speech when our “team” lost the Presidential election.

No, seriously, I need the time to focus on my upcoming Presidential campaign.  Don’t ‘cha know that a campaign like that takes money and serious Republican support?  I need the freedom to travel to other states, meet with foreign dignitaries and shop in high class boutiques all over the U.S. of A.  I can’t be distracted by running the small time happenings of a state like Alaska.  It’s time for me to put myself first.  Pooh on the people of Alaska.

I fooled ya, didn’t I?  You only thought I loved my job as Governor.  I’ve said that repeatedly, and you BELIEVED me.  Now, let’s see what else I can concoct to fool a bigger audience?  Maybe it’s time for me to move to bigger and better things….like duping the voters of the United States.  THEN I can quit half-way through a Presidential term and actually be qualified to run for the highest position….replacing GOD.

Rush Limbaugh is still a big fat idiot- And so are his Fox News pals, who lambasted Sen. Al Franken’s “stolen election”

July 3, 2009

This is a great article from written by JOE CONASON – for the original article go to:

July 3, 2009 | It wasn’t surprising when, after seven months of legal wrangling, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared that Al Franken had won the 2008 Senate race against incumbent Norm Coleman. Still less surprising (although vastly more entertaining) was the simultaneous breakdown of nearly all of Franken’s adversaries on the right, whose regurgitated insults, whining complaints and exploding noggins revealed nothing about him or his victory — and everything about them.

Upon learning that Franken had prevailed in a unanimous decision by his home state’s highest court, the usual suspects on Fox News Channel and in the Limbaugh wasteland of radio immediately threw up a barrage of furious invective. Wasting no time on gracious concessions, they concentrated on two themes. First: Franken himself is wild, spiteful, menacing, bigoted and, most of all, deranged (as must be anyone who voted for him). Second: Franken’s ascension to the Senate is tainted by the process, which his opponent insisted on prolonging.

Sadly, the most notorious Franken antagonist, Bill O’Reilly, was absent from the airwaves on the evening of Franken’s victory. Demure guest host Monica Crowley seemed bemused by the Minnesota outcome. But Glenn Beck, in his semiliterate way, heaped on enough abuse to keep Billo’s fans satisfied for the moment. “It shows how crazy our country has gone,” he began. “It shows that we’ve lost our minds. It’s like we’ve slipped through a wormhole. It’s like, this look likes the country I grew up in, but no — Al Franken would never be a senator … We have entered a place to where there isn’t statesmanship anymore.”

The tenor of the Fox attacks grew more feverish with the ranting of Brian Kilmeade, who judged Franken “barely sane if you read his books, and quite angry in every facet of his life.” Kilmeade went on to describe the new senator as “hateful,” “evil,” bitter,” and “maniacal,” and again as “angry.” Sean Hannity echoed Fox’s other amateur shrinks, saying, “This guy, Franken, he’s not all there.”

So did R. Emmett Tyrell, the Human Events columnist and former editor of the American Spectator, who appeared to confuse Franken’s portrayal of a fictional character with the former comedian’s own personality, and went on to predict that he will need “anger management counseling” during his Senate term. “He was weird on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the 1970s, on which he popularized a goofball character named Stuart Smalley, a self-help guru who repeated over and again, ‘I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!’ … My guess is that the Stuart Smalley character is the essential Al Franken, a weirdo.”

Speaking for Pajamas Media, Rick Moran called Franken “a bat guano crazy liberal” and gloated over the “rabid, unbridled, hateful partisanship” that will bring both the senator and his party to grief. “It is a pathological, almost clinical condition that will explode from time to time in bitter denunciation of the opposition, supplying bloggers and commentators with a cornucopia of material,” wrote Moran with grim satisfaction, adding that “Franken’s psychosis” includes a pathological hatred of Christians and particularly Catholics (which may come as a shock to his Catholic wife, Franni).

Then there was Limbaugh, the capo di tutti right-wing capi, who warned with pithy brevity that the 60th Democratic vote in the Senate is “a genuine lunatic.”

Calmer but no less nasty was the assessment of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which insisted that the Democrat had somehow hijacked the Senate seat from the rightful Republican victor. “Mr. Franken now goes to the Senate having effectively stolen an election,” said the editorial, without deigning to mention that Republicans in Minnesota, including the governor, had effectively vetted the recount and canvassing from Election Day forward, up to the final Supreme Court decision.

In fact, the most credible assessment of the “stolen election” comes not from Democrats or liberals but from the Republican conservatives in Minnesota. Foremost among them may be Sara Janacek, who told Washington Post readers that those accusations are false. “The state media — and a majority of the public — do think Franken’s election was legitimate,” she said. “We had an open and very public recount process.”

As always, the sneering critics of the comedian turned candidate underestimated him, and they still do. Anyone who knows Franken, as I do, sees little of him in the caricatures that have dominated his coverage in the conservative media and too often have shaped his image in the mainstream media. He certainly isn’t crazy. He isn’t mean. He isn’t frivolous. And he certainly didn’t cheat his way into the Senate.

In fact, Franken is considerably brighter and far more stable than his enemies, a group whose public behavior and personal conduct are replete with embarrassment, not to mention disgrace. Unlike many of them, he has a solid marriage and raised two outstanding children who adore him — a personal accomplishment that belies the ugly nonsense about his “anger” and “bitterness.” It is the Fox loudmouths who are bitter, no doubt remembering the day their company’s stupid lawsuit against Franken was laughed out of court (and made a lot of money for him).

While all the wacky attacks emanate from discredited sources, there are responsible and decent conservatives in America, as Franken would be the first to say. He has made plenty of right-wing friends over the years — including some of the other entertainers with whom he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan on USO tours while his blowhard critics were sitting on their butts at home.

Yet perhaps Franken should be grateful to the wingers who have defamed him so relentlessly. It will certainly be easy for the real Franken to vault the low bar set by their dire predictions for his political future.

Franken had the courage to stand against an incumbent Republican in a state with a GOP governor because he wanted to vindicate his late friend Paul Wellstone. Everything his enemies say about him is true of them. They’re just too angry — and maybe too crazy — to admit to themselves that he beat them with sharp strategy and hard work.