One is the loneliest number

posted at 11:30 am on August 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

What if a Senatorial candidate decided to throw an event, and only one person showed up?  Al Franken found out that, gosh darn it, Minnesotans just don’t care about him — at least in St. Cloud.  Give the struggling Democrat credit, though, for a little grace:

There’s an old saying in politics that elections are won or lost one vote at a time.

On Friday, DFL-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken demonstrated how true that saying can be, when a roundtable on veterans issues at Brigitte’s Cafe his campaign scheduled drew only one participant.

The single participant, a former Navy veteran, related his difficulties in seeking treatment at the VA, at least initially.  Franken spent an hour with Josh John, choosing not to simply excuse himself and leave out of embarrassment.  However, he wound up misrepresenting Norm Coleman’s record, claiming that Coleman didn’t care about veterans issues and had done nothing to assist veterans seeking medical care.

The St. Cloud Times noted Coleman’s response:

Coleman has voted more than 30 times to increase federal funding for veterans, which has gone up more than 70 percent during his term, said Luke Friedrich, Coleman’s campaign spokesman. …

The first bill Coleman got passed in Congress required the Pentagon to pay troops’ travel expenses when they return home for rest and relaxation, Friedrich said.

Coleman supported the GI Bill expansion, secured federal reintegration funds for Minnesota Army National Guard troops returning from overseas and got a bill passed in 2006 requiring the VA to reach out to veterans informing them of benefits for which they are eligible, among other accomplishments, he said.

Franken can’t even bat above .000 even when having a one-on-one. (via SCSU Scholars)


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After consulting the runes it”s clear that no true viking could vote for that fake.

Annar on August 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM

But he’s good enough, smart enough and gosh darn it everyone likes him.

Not.

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GT on August 10, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Looks like Franken’s campaign is generating about the amount of enthusiasm that his candidacy deserves.

AZCoyote on August 10, 2008 at 11:38 AM

It’s all Bush’s fault.

Haunchie on August 10, 2008 at 11:41 AM

One trick pony.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 10, 2008 at 11:41 AM

So basically, Al got roughly the same numbers here he did for “Lateline”.

jon1979 on August 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

If a tree falls in St Cloud,
and it falls on Al Franken,
and only one person comes to lie and brag with him;
does it make a sound like a braying ass?

Beto Ochoa on August 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM

I really want to see Franken go down in flames. I know, I know, I’m wrong, but still.

He is coming to my college on October 9th, and unfortunately there will be more than one person. He is a hit on my campus. Blah.

DanStark on August 10, 2008 at 11:49 AM

One is the loneliest number.

becki51758 on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

You Minnesotans talk funny, have funny politics, funny names and funny politicians (Jesse springs immediately to mind) and the Republicans still trust you with the Convention?

Man, all ya’ll coulda had a GREAT time down’er in Dallas.

Do they even have barbeque in Minnesota?!?

E9RET on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Is Franken(stein) locked into the nomination now, or can the DFL still dump him?

irishspy on August 10, 2008 at 12:06 PM

oops…I didnt check the top page before commenting. :)

becki51758 on August 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

I’m sure the whole thing was set up to show people that Franken is still a “comedian”.

GarandFan on August 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

This guy should have been a comedian…oops.

d1carter on August 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

How they can even consider some one like this is way beyond me. It takes a real special person to defend Al and believe me, there are plenty of fools doing it.

I don’t really think he has a chance in Hell of winning, but the fact that he’s THEIR MAN speaks volumes

BigWyo on August 10, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Two can be as bad as one … it’s the loneliest number since the number one … uhhh.

Jaibones on August 10, 2008 at 12:47 PM

One is the loneliest number

Al Franken was the engineer, and only passenger on the Air America train-wreck. He’s been a perpetual loser!

byteshredder on August 10, 2008 at 12:53 PM

However, MSNBC estimated the crowd at 3. :|

Patrick S on August 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Patrick S on August 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Good one. LOL.

But does MSNBC’s camera crew really count as part of the crowd?

fogw on August 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

E9RET on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

i remember the GOP convention down here in Big D in 1984. i was 15 and saw on the news a story about protestors trying to shut down downtown dallas by laying in the streets. in dallas, in august. seems they didnt cause any traffic problems that day.

chasdal on August 10, 2008 at 1:02 PM

At least he still has his looks.

Metro on August 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

However, MSNBC estimated the crowd at 3. :|

Patrick S on August 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Oh man I laughed hard at that. Thanks. ;)

Metro on August 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Well now we know who his Air America listener was in MN. Sure there wasn’t more than one. What a joke.

Engrpat on August 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Actually, they were just shooting a scene from “Swing Vote 2.”

NNtrancer on August 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Can you say… MORON? I think you can..

originalpechanga on August 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

What was his book called? “Lies, and the Lying Liars that Tell Them”, or something to that effect? Ironic, isn’t it?

Virus-X on August 10, 2008 at 1:52 PM

He should have thrown it at my neighborhood’s community center. I have many neighbors with “Franken” signs in their yard. I’m training my dog to do his business on them.

foxforce91 on August 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM

If his parole officer had let Evan Cohen travel, there would have been 2 there.

HawaiiLwyr on August 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I hope Coleman doesn’t get overconfident at this point. (It’d be hard not too though.) I mean Franken is the one dirtbag I most want to see absolutely crushed. (Since with all the vitriol he’s spewed never mind the “technically correct but completely misleading” BS he tries to peddle as “the truth”.)

Dave_d on August 10, 2008 at 4:08 PM

Is there any sane adult who really thinks that Al Franken would be a good Senator?

What does this guy have to offer? Nothing. He’s a minor league “celebrity” has-been, at best.

Being opinionated is not a qualification.

That the Democrat Party continues to run circus clowns like this guy, completely demolishes the argument that they are the party of intellectuals.

A class of third graders would be embarrassed about running this guy for class President, while idiots in Minnesota are actually stupid enough to donate money to Franken’s campaign.

NoDonkey on August 10, 2008 at 4:34 PM

He’s Al…Al Franken-schtein. A monster by any other name would be as nuts.

Foxforce91: I think that Triumph the comic dog would smile upon you for teaching your pooch to schpritz on Al’s signs; he would go a bit further by saying that they are, (you know), ‘good enough to poop on’.
Apologies to those who are too delicate for the scatological talk.

Christine on August 10, 2008 at 4:39 PM

He deserves no larger a crowd than what he got, if even that.

Grafted on August 10, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Stewart Smallie not so Smilie

Kini on August 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Going to be a terrible year for Republicans all polls point to huge losses according to the mainstream media. Generic Dems beat generic Reps hands down, however the not so generic Dems(Barrack Hussein Obammunist, Al Franken) are not doing as well as the ass press tells us they should be.

Reporting, or cheerleading, or propagandizing?

dhunter on August 10, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Dibs on the lefty over hotdish.

oakpack on August 10, 2008 at 5:52 PM

If his parole officer had let Evan Cohen travel, there would have been 2 there.

HawaiiLwyr on August 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Ok Jaibones- NOW you can use this verse:

Two can be as bad as one … it’s the loneliest number since the number one … uhhh.

BillH on August 10, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Do they even have barbeque in Minnesota?!?

E9RET on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

As a Texan who used to have to go to Rochester, MN on business several times a year, I can attest that they do, in fact, have BBQ there and it was quite good as I remember. It was Eastern style (Pork & chicken) but with a red sauce.

Kafir on August 10, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Ok Jaibones- NOW you can

BillH on August 10, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Good pick up, Bill. I was picturing Stuey and his one attendee, sitting for coffee and a lengthy discussion of veteran policy. How can people be so heartless? How can people be so cruel? It’s easy…to be hard; easy to say “no”.

Jaibones on August 10, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Just you wait, Stuart Smally will only get one vote, and the MSM will report that the election was stolen…………..

Seven Percent Solution on August 10, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Haha, proud of my home city for sure.

timmo on August 10, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Where is Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour when we need it? That would be about Al Franken’s level of comedy. Well, we can hope. Minnesotans seem generally to be logical people – I can only hope this lying loser will crawl back to the darkened bar-room from whence he came. One can only hope he won’t try to write any more books. Then again, maybe he can ghost write the next one for our speaker, Madame DeFarge. Her last one didn’t sell all that well.

Orson Buggeigh on August 10, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Jaibones on August 10, 2008 at 7:33 PM

It’s as Ed mentioned- Stuart Franken has to be given the thumbs up for showing a bit of class to his audience (such as it was). It’s just too bad that, even with what appears to be just a conversation between two like-minded men, Franken couldn’t help himself with attacking Coleman in such a dishonest fashion. I am surprised that the turnout was literally non-extant.

Damn, I wish this Three Dog Night earworm would go away…:P

BillH on August 10, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Wha’s all these crazy questions ya asking me, Bill? This is the craziest party that could ever be. Don’t turn on the light, cause I don’t wanna see…

Jaibones on August 10, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Mamma did tell me not to come…

BillH on August 10, 2008 at 11:02 PM

That wasn’t an audience member it was Al Franken’s carnival mirror.

viking01 on August 10, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Shameless plug alert:

Did someone say AL FRANKEN?

Thank you.

DPierre on August 10, 2008 at 11:24 PM

At least Al knows who in the hall wanted to see him.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 11, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Do they even have barbeque in Minnesota?!?

E9RET on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

BBQ’d walleye or pike is good, if you can keep it from falling through the holes.

91Veteran on August 11, 2008 at 1:43 AM

Do they even have barbeque[s] in Minnesota?!?

E9RET on August 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Sure. Lots of lines of blondes. At the supermarket. Outside ladies rooms.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 11, 2008 at 2:37 AM

I’m tellin’ ya’, the right angle, the right sunlight and Stewart Smallie lookin down at ya….

…I can see the laser sunlight burning through now…

Look at the picture on the front page, and you too would be worried over the weapons he’s sporting.

91Veteran on August 11, 2008 at 2:57 AM

I’m sure Franken will blame O’Reilly

vcferlita on August 11, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Do they even have barbeque[s] in Minnesota?!?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh

Dr. W, “barbeque” is a state of being, no need to pluralize.

;-)

E9RET on August 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM