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The Joker in the deck?

David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

In this morning's adept cartoon by David Horsey, we see Al Franken portrayed as the Joker in the Democratic Party's deck of cards which might be the case, at least if you are listening to Rush Limbaugh pontificate about it. What does seem interesting to me as an observer is how the appeals processes continue without a break, thus keeping Franken from assuming office. Who is paying for all these legal expenses to keep Franken at bay? Could it be possible that members of his own political party have kept the court appeals alive every time it looks even remotely as if Franken will be sworn into office? I doubt it.

I know very little about Franken, but upon a bit of research I discovered he graduated from Harvard cum laude and once served as a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government's press and public policy center. Suddenly I can afford to take Franken, known for his savage sense of humor, a bit more seriously than before.

However, the danger, hanging there in midair like an eagle about to pounce on dinner, is the chance that, if put into office, Franken represents the vote needed to prevent a Republican filibuster, which might be coming soon, given the pending vacancy on the Supreme Court. Not to mention all the other changes President Obama would like to make.

When viewed as such, yes, Franken could be the Joker in the card deck.


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