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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Loathsome Franken does it again

John Kerry finally established that senators were dubiously viable candidates for the presidency, as encapsulated by (the popular version of) his immortal line
I voted for it before I voted against it.

Franken seems to be intent on doing the same for talkers and the US Senate.

In his show yesterday, he was interviewing Roméo Dallaire, who headed UNAMIR, UN forces in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide. He made a point of saying that Dallaire had been affecting mentally by his experiences in Rwanda to the point of attempting suicide.

And then, having just got the interview under way [1], we get this:
RD: ...they felt they needed, on their national ID cards that everybody had, to put their ethnicity. And that's always been for me since then a realisation that these national ID cards that governments control are maybe a little dangerous because you never know what one day they might put on it. Just like Japanese...

AF: Like my New York driver's license has Jew.

RD: [Audible double take. Struggling for response] Well...

AF: No it doesn't.

RD: [Nervous laughter]

Dallaire clearly thought he'd been asked on the show to talk about his experiences in Rwanda, rather than as a cut-price stooge. But there's no occasion, it seems, which Franken doesn't think appropriate to remind us all of what a great comedian he (thinks he) is.

A cheap gag from a cheap son of a bitch.

  1. Around 42:00 in on the MP3.

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