A not so Happy Birthday for Al Franken
Believe it or not, I really am ashamed of myself for what I’m about to reveal to you. Everything I have written about Al, thus far (for my book), has been an honest and thoroughly researched expose on Franken, who has spent the better part of the last few years challenging ANYBODY to refute his charges against the Right. I think I’ve met and even exceeded the challenge. But what I’m about to write, though it is 100% truthful, is still mean, and out of character for me.
Every year Rush holds a Leukemia cure-a-thon on his radio program, raising over a million dollars, to help find a cure for the deadly cancer. These contributions are from his listeners, primarily conservatives. Or as Franken likes to call them, cold hearted, zombie-like, morons.
So on May 20, 2005, Franken had a chance to show what compassionate progressives are made of, and just how generous they can be. Certainly a lot more generous than selfish, greedy conservatives.
At the beginning of the program, he told his listeners that his birthday was tomorrow (May 21) and that in lieu of any gifts, he would like his supporters to make a contribution to the “Wellstone memorial” which was being built in Minnesota, near the crash site that took the lives of Paul, his wife Sheila, the campaign staff, and pilots. A worthwhile, tax-deductable (no less) charity, indeed.
Before I tell you how much money was actually raised, let’s take a few moments to reflect on Franken’s ratings, his popularity, and the generosity of progressives, and how much one might expect a “powerhouse” like Franken to be able to raise.
1. Franken is on 53 affiliates
2. Franken beats Rush Limbaugh in the Portland Oregon market
3. Al Franken is beloved by Democrats, liberals, Leftists, and Progressives nationwide.
4. Progressives are far more generous and compassionate than conservatives.
5. Paul Wellstone was a hero to the common working man – a progressive’s progressive, if you will.
Drum role please….
With the Friday show, May 20, coming to a close, Franken’s co-host, the adorable Katherine Lanpher announced that 181 people (including Katherine herself) contributed a grand total of $8,200.
Well Al, there’s always next year.
Oh, and just one more sidebar; you’re going to need to raise a lot more than that to run for a senate seat.