John Bolton’s Best Friend in Senate Will be Declared Loser to Al Franken

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Norm Coleman will no doubt soon be joining a lobbying firm, or a conservative think tank like the American Enterprise Institute or Heritage Foundation. Coleman described himself as John Bolton’s best friend in the US Senate during the failed bid(s) to secure Senate affirmation of Bolton as US Ambassador to the United Nations. In the end, Bolton secured the job temporarily in an unconfirmed recess appointment.
Coleman is 225 votes short of victory after a massive recount of Minnesota ballots. Reports are leaking out that the State Canvassing Board will declare challenger Al Franken the victor on Monday.
Wow. The Democratic Caucus will now control 59 US Senate seats. I am really going to miss Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in the mix as a key balancer pushing sensible, realist approaches to foreign policy. Hagel tried in the last Congress, but his Democratic partners were too weak.
Hagel, for the time being, is keeping his powder dry as to his next steps, but there is word that he is going to be doing some work with international financier James Wolfensohn.
Congratulations Al Franken and to all those who have been coaching Franken on national security and foreign policy issues.
I plan to send Al the Brzezinski-Scowcroft-Ignatius book as a good supplemental primer.
I’m off to Geneva.
— Steve Clemons

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29 comments on “John Bolton’s Best Friend in Senate Will be Declared Loser to Al Franken

  1. David says:

    Bob,
    You either missed or ignored my point, namely that you associate my assessment of Al Franken with pathetic gullibility. I am a 66-year-old Southerner. I heard the same shit when I endorsed MLK, Jr’s agenda, intellect, and civic integrity (his personal life, which J. Edgar Hoover attempted to exploit in an attempt to destroy King, didn’t mean jack shit to me, nor does whatever Al Franken might have done as a comedian). You wanna debate Franken’s policy positions, his political imperatives, his intellect, his knowledge base, or the people to whom he looks for advice, fine. But put your “pathetic gullibility” nonsense in a dark storage place. And do get back to me after Franken has been in the Senate for a couple of years. If I’m wrong about Franken, I will eat crow. I was wrong about LBJ regarding foreign policy, although there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that I would have voted for Goldwater (because of his mindset not his lack of intellect). I trust that if I’m correct, you will offer your apologies for your glib insult.

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  2. Hijikata says:

    Oh, and of course AIPAC is Israeli propaganda… Says so on its banner…

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  3. Hijikata says:

    I think Obama is waiting until he’s President…

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  4. John says:

    To POA,
    Indeed it was. Only one word is needed: cowardice. And his lack of courage is hurting him badly.
    Who will ever forget the trap the Israelis set for Obama when he went there in 2008? The photo ops of that trip now make him look like a dupe.

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  5. Bob says:

    Right, David — Al Franken: a Martin Luther King for our time! Good one. And Ann Coulter is a veritable H. L. Mencken or Albert Jay Nock.

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  6. David says:

    Clues, Bob:
    His commentary and analysis on the tv version of his show that was carried on Sundance, plus the people he chose and who agreed to be on his show. Also, the public record that exists. Franken is intellectually honest, intelligent, quick, knowledgeable, and public spirited. It’s an educated guess, of course, but one that I expect to see reflected in his time in the United States Senate. He is very much in the mold of Paul Wellstone. Gullibility, indeed. I suppose I was also a gullible liberal when I lauded Martin Luther King, Jr as a champion of the Civil Rights Movement. How pathetic of me.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “So the reason for Obama’s damaging and embarrassing silence is…?”
    Well, I’ve already offered one of my hypotheses.
    Was it too long for your attention span?

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  8. John says:

    So the reason for Obama’s damaging and embarrassing silence is…?

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I think Obama was counting on the Palestinian resistance being crushed……….”
    I’ve seen nothing to indicate that Obama is that ignorant.

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  10. John says:

    I think Obama was counting on the Palestinian resistance being crushed, but what Israel and the USA fail to understand is that there are some Palestinians who will never surrender.
    If this drags on to the inauguration wouldn’t that spoil the party?

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  11. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Ok…so heres a paragraph from today’s AIPAC website….
    “Still, some 30 rockets and mortars pounded southern Israel on Monday, including one barrage on a kindergarten in Ashkelon.”
    http://www.aipac.org/130.asp#19776
    Now, here is the definition of “barrage”, from Dictionary.com…..
    “1. Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one’s own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops”
    Now, here is the news account of what actually happened, from Ynetnews.com…
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3282603,00.html
    Qassam hits kindergarten; 2 children lightly wounded
    Rocket lands next to kindergarten in town south of Ashkelon; 2 children hurt, 8 suffer shock. Earlier a number of rockets hit central Sderot; no wounded. Residents demand army operations on southern front be boosted to level of northern offensive
    Qassam attacks continue: A Qassam rocket landed next to a kindergarten in a community south of Ashkelon at 10:45 a.m. Friday. Two children were lightly wounded and eight more people suffered shock. Additionally, the kindergarten building was damaged.
    continues….
    *********
    One need only log on to the AIPAC website on a daily basis to realize the extent of the AIPAC propaganda that is aimed at American jews on a daily basis. How many people, reading the AIPAC propaganda, are now telling friends and neighbors that Hamas targeted a kindergarten with a “barrage” of rockets? Never mind that Hamas can’t really aim these crude projectiles. Never mind that the Palestinian children are being killed by Israeli weapons that CAN be aimed, accurately. Never mind that the word “barrage” is a gross exageration, that can only be called a blatant and purposeful lie.
    Once again, irrefutably, I have provided an example of a blatant LIE, posted on the AIPAC website. And, once again, those that rationalize, justify, and excuse AIPAC’s actions will not address this latest example of AIPAC’s propaganda program, which should mandate AIPAC’s expulsion, or, at very least, require them to register as foreign agents.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Ok…so heres a paragraph from today’s AIPAC website….
    “Still, some 30 rockets and mortars pounded southern Israel on Monday, including one barrage on a kindergarten in Ashkelon.”
    http://www.aipac.org/130.asp#19776
    Now, here is the definition of “barrage”, from Dictionary.com…..
    “1. Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one’s own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops”
    Now, here is the news account of what actually happened, from Ynetnews.com…
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3282603,00.html
    Qassam hits kindergarten; 2 children lightly wounded
    Rocket lands next to kindergarten in town south of Ashkelon; 2 children hurt, 8 suffer shock. Earlier a number of rockets hit central Sderot; no wounded. Residents demand army operations on southern front be boosted to level of northern offensive
    Qassam attacks continue: A Qassam rocket landed next to a kindergarten in a community south of Ashkelon at 10:45 a.m. Friday. Two children were lightly wounded and eight more people suffered shock. Additionally, the kindergarten building was damaged.
    continues….
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3282603,00.html
    One need only log on to the AIPAC website on a daily basis to realize the extent of the AIPAC propaganda that is aimed at American jews on a daily basis. How many people, reading the AIPAC propaganda, are now telling friends and neighbors that Hamas targeted a kindergarten with a “barrage” of rockets? Never mind that Hamas can’t really aim these crude projectiles. Never mind that the Palestinian children are being killed by Israeli weapons that CAN be aimed, accurately. Never mind that the word “barrage” is a gross exageration, that can only be called a blatant and purposeful lie.
    Once again, irrefutably, I have provided an example of a blatant LIE, posted on the AIPAC website. And, once again, those that rationalize, justify, and excuse AIPAC’s actions will not address this latest example of AIPAC’s propaganda program, which should mandate AIPAC’s expulsion, or, at very least, require them to register as foreign agents.

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  13. Cee says:

    POA,
    What you said made me wonder about the Sarkozy change of tune after the mistress Livni visit.
    Blackmail you say?
    Insight magazine published an explosive expose titled “FBI Probes Espionage at Clinton White House” by J. Michael Waller and Paul M. Rodriguez. In that most devastating article, we are shown how dozens of FBI counterintelligence agents managed to uncover a massive wire-tapping and electronic eavesdropping scheme by which Israel was able to break into some of the most secure telephone lines in the USA…For nearly a year, FBI agents had been tracking an Israeli businessman working for a local phone company. The man’s wife is alleged to be a Mossad officer under diplomatic cover at the Israeli Embassy in Washington….When federal agents made a search of his work area they found a list of the FBI’s most sensitive telephone numbers, including the Bureau’s “black” lines used for wiretapping.
    Also, how much of our funds are being held hostage by Madoff and others like him?

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  14. Cee says:

    Bob and Dan,
    Until Obama speaks up I’m going to blame him and that failed rogue state for things like this
    Jews attacked in Yemen
    In Yemen, security officials said protesters attacked several Jewish homes in the northern province of Omran, smashing windows and pelting them with rocks. One officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AP at least one Jewish resident was injured among the small minority community.
    http://ww4report.com/node/6625

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  15. Dan Kervick says:

    Obama can’t speak out, remember? It is a firmly established constitutional principal that there is only Israeli Bootlick-in-Chief at a time. Once he is inaugurated, I am sure Obama will hit the ground licking with a bold new submission agenda, one which will write a turn the page on an exciting new chapter in Washington complacency and complicity.

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  16. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Why won’t he at least say that it’s horrible and tragic?”
    Because it would taint the opportunity to write history in a more favorable light to Israel. How can you make the future claim that Israel was simply “defending itself” if the President Elect muddies the discourse with statements that are sympathetic to the Palestinian “rabid dogs” that are “raining missiles” down on innocent Israelis?
    Besides, remember, the elephant in the room that no one is discussing is Israel’s complete and utter lack of ethics in the manner in which it conducts its oversight of American politics, politicians, and policies. Who knows what information it has in regards to the pasts of our politicians, including Barack Obama? How often have we seen inexplicable backpeddling from American politicians that have dared challenge thier Israeli lords and masters? Obama’s quick retreat from his “plight of the Palestinians” commentary was only one such example of such inexplicable retreat. I suspect there is much at play behind the scenes that explains the stranglehold Israel has on our foreign policy. Who doubts that Israel will use nefarious means, even blackmail, to achieve its ends? If they will murder American sailors in false flag attacks, if high ranking members of AIPAC will commit espionage against us, if covert operatives will dance in glee at watching the WTC collapse, why should we suppose they are beyond blackmailing our public officials, up to, and possibly (probably?) including, those in our highest offices?
    One would think that a black American would hold exceptional sympathies for the “plight of the Palestinians”, and apparently, once upon a time, Obama did hold such sympathies. Obviously he is no longer willing to give voice to those sentiments, if in fact they still exist. One must wonder why.

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  17. michael claussen says:

    Sounds like Bob got up on the wrong side of his bed of nails. Hope we can refer back to his astute ramblings if policy changes do happen and the mistakes of the past are just that and not the preamble to self-fulfilling prophesies. As far as Mr. Franken I have to say that when he speaks of his concerns for the nation and the world he sounds like more than just a comic with a failed radio show. I’m certain that you are more than just a failed reader of maddening books.

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  18. Bob says:

    Why won’t he at least say that it’s horrible and tragic? Only someone evil or without a soul (same thing) would deny this. Saying such a thing wouldn’t offend anyone but those who we oughtn’t give a shit about in the first place. At least let the world know that he’s seeing what the rest of the world is seeing. Silence is collusion. More of the same.

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  19. Cee says:

    John,
    I agree. He’s been quick to have a press conference to talk about everything else and now we have to listen to the one president at a time dodge while children are being slaughtered.
    How nice. MSNBC is showing the Obama children heading off to their new school.
    Now I feel sick.
    Gen. Jones and Obama better do something drastic after the inauguration.

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  20. John says:

    Obama’s silence on the slaughter in Gaza is becoming embarrassing.

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  21. Bob says:

    “and a person of impeccable political and intellectual integrity.”
    How do you know this? He’s a comic who ran a failed radio show, for Christ’s sake!
    The gullibility on the left is as pathetic as that on the right.

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  22. Bob says:

    “There are better people to read than B & S, but so long as those who ought to know better keep pushing the old failed guard.”
    Woops, failed to finish this sentence (not that you care). I guess I meant to conclude that we’ll continue to reap failure if we listen to failures such as B & S. Or is it that they were successful during their tenure as world shit-disturbers? Maybe it’s all a matter of perspective. E.g. John Lukacs and thousands of others fully predicted and expected the self-collapse of the Soviet Union. So what does this do for Zbig’s lame-ass excuse for American support of the sociopaths in Afghanistan so as to create the USSR’s “Vietnam?”
    And as for Brent’s brilliant role in the creation of Bush the Senile’s New World Order? Have yet to see anything new, Brent baby. Same ol’ shit. Maybe you got something wrong. Nah, that can’t be the case: you’re Brent Fucking Scowcroft!

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  23. Bob says:

    “I plan to send Al the Brzezinski-Scowcroft-Ignatius book as a good supplemental primer.”
    The sad thing is that he’ll probably read it, agree with it, and thus prove that he’s as much of a pretentious and presumptuous fuck as the geezers Scowcroft and Brzezinski, who both are largely responsible for the shit in which the world sinks.
    I’m reading that book (how could one not after such glowing kudos from Steve Clemons?) and it would be a laughable read were it not so sickening and dripping with egotism and self-righteousness. The world needs us! And God knows that if it doesn’t (it doesn’t) it will still surely get us anyway!
    The irony and beauty of this whole, mostly fake, political season is that the importance of the election of Obama does come down to race. That is, the only good thing about Obama is not that he represents policy changes — he doesn’t; he can’t — but that he is proof that America has grown up. And this is a good thing for America and America alone! Not for the world, but for America! Strange concept, eh?
    Imagine if in that same spirit of maturity, we decided to cease wreaking fucking hell on the rest of the world, leaving them to similarly grow up.
    There are better people to read than B & S, but so long as those who ought to know better keep pushing the old failed guard. We’ve sown bitter seed, and yet — one can only wonder how long God will hold out — our crop is nothing as compared to what those we deign to “help” have had to reap.

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  24. Eli Rabett says:

    Interesting, the Republicans had no responsibility at all for anything. How Broder of you
    “Hagel tried in the last Congress, but his Democratic partners were too weak.”
    How about Hagel tried in the last Congress but could not find enough support on the Republican side.

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  25. David says:

    Al Franken will be one smart, knowledgeable additon to the United States Senate, and a person of impeccable political and intellectual integrity. And how appropriate that it is Paul Wellstone’s old seat. This will be one of the freshest of fresh breaths of air in Washington. The difference from Norm Coleman couldn’t be much more stark.

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  26. Bil says:

    ewww. The FlavrTastr has a FRIEND and it’s NORMIE?

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  27. Richard says:

    I’m guessing Norm will be fending off an indictment, not resting comfortably on a think tank perch.

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  28. JohnH says:

    “Norm Coleman will no doubt soon be joining a lobbying firm, or a conservative think tank.” If only conservative think tanks would exclusively hire empty suits like Coleman, what a wonderful world it would be!

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  29. Cee says:

    They have some planning to do
    Former American ambassador to the UN John Bolton says Israel would not launch an attack on Iran before the US presidential elections.
    Arguing that ‘Israel does not want to affect the US presidential elections’ Bolton said, “I think if they [Israel] are to do anything, the most likely period is after our elections and before the inauguration of the next President.”
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=61028&sectionid=3510203

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