MNGOP feigns outrage over lame Al Franken cone boob video

Categories: Al Franken, MNGOP
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Immature? Sure. Worthy of self-flagellation? No.
In April, then-U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) distributed an absurd petition calling for Al Franken to apologize for a secretly recorded 2012 video showing him joking around in an Arizona driveway with traffic cones.

The whole thing was a blatant attempt to score cheap political points, as Franken has nothing to apologize for. Don't believe us? Check out the raw footage below the jump.

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Franken never apologized, and you'd think Minnesota Republicans would've moved on and forgotten about that dumb clip. But in light of MNGOP congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn's defiant Sunday night apology for sexist and homophobic blog posts he wrote years ago, the MNGOP is again calling on Franken to apologize.

Hagedorn is challenging Democratic incumbent Tim Walz in southern Minnesota's First Congressional District. Here are excerpts (via Mother Jones) of blogs Hagedorn published in years gone by:
From a 2003 post about the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Texas's sodomy ban: "Butt (sic) never have winners lost so dearly. The Court's voyage into uncharted, untreated cultural bathhouse waters was designed to offer a gentle push from behind... to generate a small skip forward for the pink triangle class... to throw them a bone, so to speak."

From a 2003 post about Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray: They are "undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes."

From a 2005 post on onetime George W. Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers: She'll "fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."

On a South Dakota U.S. Senate race: "The race has been highlighted by a Democrat drive to register voters in several of several of South Dakota's expansive redistribution of wealth centers... err... casino parlors... err... Indian reservations. Remarkably, many of the voters registered for absentee ballots were found to be chiefs and squaws who had returned to the spirit world many moons ago."
Those passages are a wee bit more offensive than playing around with some traffic cones, right? But during a press conference at the State Fair yesterday, MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey alleged that in light of Franken's behavior, DFL Chairman Ken Martin's call for Hagedorn to apologize is hypocritical.

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Cody C Hammer
Cody C Hammer

Hey city pages. Let's try to be a bit more even here. Yep easy to trash the republicans but if you can't see how wrong the democrats are as well then don't claim to be an unbiased news outlet. Both parties are absurd and corrupt. By just focusing on one you are creating as much dissension in our country as anyone else.

Chris L Nerlien
Chris L Nerlien

Come on. Hasn't everyone done some sort of boob gag like that?

Ginny Albrecht
Ginny Albrecht

I think its hilarious. Have a sense of humor you dummies

Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

MN politics has become an embarrassing joke...and I'm not talking about someone with a sense of humor, regardless of whether you d-bags approve of it or not. Since when did my fellow Minnesotans get so tightly wound about things? I'll tell you when. It happened when you sanctimonious fucks decided your Party was more important than the people. When your sheep-like ideals needed to be shaped by politics, media and others around you. Think for yourselves and stop being an embarrassment. You either have a genuine platform to run on or you simply fling mud and frankly, if that is what you got, you should suffocate on the mud you fling

green23
green23 topcommenter

It's pretty simple. If Downey thinks that Hagedorn's comments are okay, then just own it


Run with that. Obviously, from the conservative comments here, Hagedorn could have said a whole lot of worse stuff - and a whole lot more recently -- and no conservative would think twice about voting for him. Say it's 'free speech', or 'straight talk'. 


Pointing the finger at Franken just implies that something is wrong with Hagedorn's remarks, but that it's somehow negated in some bizarre way by Franken's behaviour. Republicans don't ever seem to realise that "both sides do it" false equivalence is nothing more than surrendering the moral high ground. If both sides are equally racist, sexist, or whatever, then what makes the Republican candidate better? 


In the Big Picture, it doesn't matter what a small group of female Republican legislators think about Franken's performance for his friends. They were never going to vote for him, obviously. And talk about hypocrisy -- where is this group's condemnation of Hagedorn? 

Franken and Walz are both going to win, and Hagedorn's name will be forgotten soon enough. And, by the time Franken is up for re-election, the MNGOP will have abandoned this whole Tea Party/evangelist/glibertarian nightmare they are in as a lost cause


The MNGOP has staked everything on fading demographics: socially conservative seniors, rural voters,and fundamentalist Christian evangelicals. They've run out everyone who knows how to win competitive elections, and they're too broke to hire them back because they went "all in" on a stupid recount gamble years ago. And only candidates with fringe views can make it through the nomination/endorsement process. Then, to make things really stupid, they are rewarding their losing candidates with Party jobs -- like Chris Fields. Their future leadership is made up of proven failures. Brilliant.

Shawn Spence
Shawn Spence

Yes, it's really the issue. It's garbage journalism. If it's an opinion piece, that should be made clear. It's not, so the reader is left to assume it's hard news, which makes it a shambolic piece of that.

Shayla Nicole
Shayla Nicole

Thanks Nichole... I always liked you Kmett kids.

Nathan Julsrud
Nathan Julsrud

Is that really the issue? Or is the issue you don't agree with his politics and will find any reason to dislike him, and anything that supports him?

Nathan Julsrud
Nathan Julsrud

The GOP is desperate for votes, the tide of culture is swaying against them. They will continue to act more and more like cry babies to the bitter end.

ToddDugdale
ToddDugdale

@atrupar Big differences between blogged public statements on policy issues and clowning around with friends in private.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Just when I thought the MN Regressive Party had hit rock bottom status with the Burrito Baron Tony Sutton along comes Keith Downey.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

How about you start by taking your own advice, CP?? You rehash things over and over and over and over....

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

Once a comedian always a comedian, professionally or not. And who says there's no room for harmless humor in politics? Lighten up.

Shawn Spence
Shawn Spence

Terrible terrible form for CityPages to run a headline like this if they expect to be taken seriously as a news outlet. Probably should just stick to reporting on what they know -- food, drink, music, movies, recreation in the Twin Cities.

Shawn Spence
Shawn Spence

Well I guess if one person isn't offended it's OK. Can North Dakota have their Sioux nickname back then, too, based on those grounds? He's not a comedian anymore and to his credit he's apologized for some off color jokes he made in the past.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Open that mouth a little wider.. that's it.. yeah...

Craig R
Craig R

Calm her down Tea Party

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

Republicans have nothing to talk about.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

There is not a man in the world who hasn't done that with traffic cones.

Shayla Nicole
Shayla Nicole

I think they forget the part where he's a comedian also. Who cares. I have boobs, I like Franken and I'm not offended.

Cory Gaudette
Cory Gaudette

"I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And, doggone it, people like me"

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Because the cities pages doesn't obsess over Bachman or other repubs at all right?

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

lol, Daniel, just as we were talking about this yesterday it pops up again.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Heck of job you are doing Downey.   Voters have already heard the GOP's lame charges of sexism against Franken.   Female voters rejected those charges and voted for Franken.   Now that phony asshole Downey is stupid enough to bring them up again.   All this will do is highlight what an embarrassment Hagedorn is as a candidate.   Al Franken is not sexist, Hagedorn is a dumb sexist and racist creep.  Really great party leader you have here Republicans.  You must be proud. 

green23
green23 topcommenter

Again, it's a blog. It's supposed to have the writer's personal views. Just because it's a blog about about current events doesn't make it a hard news source. 

Again, look at the URL, Shawn. 

blogs dot citypages dot com. 

Hey, that sounds like this might be a blog, doesn't it?


Maybe go to a cuisine blog and tell them that they have a lousy restaurant, and that you can't even find the take-out menu. Because that makes as much sense as your criticisms here.

green23
green23 topcommenter

Where did you ever get the idea that CP was a serious news outlet?

This is a blog...in an "entertainment weekly". Look at the URL. It ain't CNN. It's never pretended to be.

jimbojones
jimbojones

Shawn-I am assuming you read the article, but did you comprehend it? One of the main points is the frequency and depth of GOP verbal craziness. But I guess that's the way it goes when you live in a world where 1 equals 100 and 100 equals 1.... or a dented fender is a totaled car....

green23
green23 topcommenter

This is that "laser focus on jobs" the MNGOP promised.

green23
green23 topcommenter

So you secretly recorded Franken, does that mean Hagedorn is okay with being videotaped 24/7?

If the Republicans are paying someone to follow Franken around and record him, and this was the biggest 'scandal' they found, then Al's looking pretty good.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MKarbo  Dumb men like you are why the GOP is rightly perceived as sexist.  Instead of acknowledging the wrong of Hagedorn you just make excuses and distract.   No one likes whiny creeps that blame others for their own problems.  How about being an adult and placing the blame squarely where it belongs, on Hagedorn for writing sexist and racist crap and on Downey for helping nominate that racist and sexist doofus.  




How funny is it that the GOP has taken a competitive district and made Walz an impossible to defeat incumbent thanks to their insistence on nominating the biggest jackass they can find every 2 years?

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann I don't think it is healthy to hold back your feelings on issues related to the MN Regressive Party. Don't internalize those feelings. Let them out. Sharing is a good thing.

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