Franken v. Mendacious Douchebags

This is a pretty good example of why so many of us were elated when Al Franken finally managed to secure a place in the U.S. Senate.

p.s. Some people have criticized the frequent use of the word “douchebag” on this site, to which I’d refer them to this rather eloquent defense of the term.

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28 responses to “Franken v. Mendacious Douchebags

  1. Navvy

    “In contrast, the word ‘douchebag’ is connotatively perfect while providing the proper rhythmic and melodic contour to the title.”

    Haha! Love it. Is it just me or are douche and douchebag becoming more mainstream. I could swear I’ve heard the word douche on various tv shows in the past couple months.

  2. Guzzeuntite

    I’m glad I stole a cab from this sonofabitch one rainy Manhattan night some years ago.

  3. Joseph

    You stole John Thune’s cab? Good for you . . . I always wondered what he did before he became a used car salesman.

    😉

  4. TofKW

    Hey come on Guzzeuntite, don’t call that douchebag an SOB. That term is way too good for Thune.

  5. Guzzeuntite

    “You stole John Thune’s cab? Good for you.”

    You got me. No, it was Al Franken’s cab.

    The guy has a reputation for being a total douche, but while my little anecdote sounds good (to me), what really happened was we happened to be hailing a cab on Seventh Avenue one rainy night. Neither of us saw the other hailing it. So, when it pulled over, we both made for it. I got there first, saw him, and paused, unsure who had been waiting for a cab longer. I didn’t recognize him at first and I asked him where he was heading (wanting to share the cab since I really didn’t know whose it was and the weather was pretty nasty). He said the Upper West Side. I was at this point that I realized who he was. Figuring he likely lived on Central Park West (definitely NOT Minnesota, the old carpet bagger), I told him that I was going to the Upper East Side but he could share the cab with me, since it wouldn’t be too far out of my way, as it’s easy to shoot across the Park at that time of night. He said, “No. That’s all right.” So, I hopped in and never saw him again.

    “Good, I thought, “he was never not really that funny, and he’s gonna be a prick of a Senator some day.”

    (I might have made that last part up a bit.)

  6. Guzzeuntite

    “Never not really that funny.”

    Way to ruin a punch line with an unintended double negative.

  7. At least, unlike Norm Coleman, Al was born in Minnesota and grew up there. So, I don’t really know how you can call him a “carpetbagger” just because he lived in NYC for many years before moving back to MN.

  8. TofKW

    Al was born in Minnesota and grew up there. So, I don’t really know how you can call him a “carpetbagger” just because he lived in NYC for many years before moving back to MN.

    Oh great, I can already hear the GOP attack ads during his senate re-election campaign. Al Franken …just visiting.

  9. Guzzeuntite

    “So, I don’t really know how you can call him a “carpetbagger” just because he lived in NYC for many years before moving back to MN.” — RT

    Aw, c’mon. Nostalgia certainly didn’t bring him back from Gotham.

    “Oh great, I can already hear the GOP attack ads during his senate re-election campaign. Al Franken …just visiting.”

    If they were going to do attack ads on this issue, they would have done it the first time around. Don’t you think?

    I suggest a compromise then: Instead of “carpetbagger,” let’s call him something less substantial and more … distasteful. Maybe – “teabagger.” Granted, it’s pretty difficult to accomplish on those cold Minnesota winter nights.

  10. TofKW

    If they were going to do attack ads on this issue, they would have done it the first time around. Don’t you think?

    Of course you’re right. I was just saw a big, slow-moving target and couldn’t resist.

    But I also think it’s rather odd to no longer consider someone as a local anymore, simply because they’ve moved away for a lengthy period to further their careers. And this is more of a shot at our ReformaTories than your Republicans.

  11. TofKW

    Gees, I should actually read my posts before hitting the ‘submit comment’ icon 😦

  12. Guzzeuntite

    “Oh great, I can already hear the GOP attack ads during his senate re-election campaign. Al Franken …just visiting.” — TofKW

    “If they were going to do attack ads on this issue, they would have done it the first time around. Don’t you think?” — Me

    Oops. They did:

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/15/ventura/

    “Al was born in Minnesota …” — RT

    You may want to Wiki-ize that. The Oracle of the Internet says he was born in NYC. His family later moved to MN to further little Al’s political career as the 50th blowhard in the 2009 U.S. Senate. He exceeded Mom and Dad’s wildest expectations.

    Da proof is da proof and it is here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_franken

  13. Guzzeuntite

    I see you are a few minutes ahead of me, TofKW.

  14. I know carpetbagging. Carpetbagging is a friend of mine, and Al, sir, is no carpetbagger. Al Franken is a smug, annoying, angry, egotistical, doughy, effeminate, vacuous piece of dreck, with an ass twice as wide as mine. Accordingly, I am sure he will make a fine addition to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body ™.

  15. TofKW

    “smug, annoying, angry, egotistical, doughy, effeminate, vacuous piece of dreck”

    Well these are the primary criteria which qualifies one for a seat in the US Senate …or for a patronage appointment to our own ‘Chamber of Sober Second Thought’ for that matter.

  16. Ti-Guy

    Gawd, I hate Americans…

  17. Guzzeuntite — I’d forgotten than he moved there when he was a little kid. Accordingly, he’s clearly unqualified to represent the state of Minnesota in the Senate.

  18. Guzzeuntite

    “Gawd, I hate Americans…” — Who else?

    No!

  19. Guzzeuntite

    “I’d forgotten than he moved there when he was a little kid. Accordingly, he’s clearly unqualified to represent the state of Minnesota in the Senate.”

    Yes. Well, that, and the fact that his parents moved him there just so he could run in 2008. Way too mercenary. Thomas Jefferson said it best when he said, “Of all of the sordid Perversions of Mankind, the base mercenary Qualities of the degenerated man are the grossest.”

  20. “Is it just me or are douche and douchebag becoming more mainstream.”

    while it is timeless invective, we should credit jon stewart for introducing it to the political discourse, when he dubbed bob novak “the douchebag of liberty” about five years ago. good times!

    KEvron

  21. “smug, annoying, angry, egotistical, doughy, effeminate, vacuous piece of dreck”

    i absolutely delight in rightwing embitterment!

    KEvron

  22. Guzzeuntite

    HIllary CLinton IS LEft WIng, KEvron.

    DUh!

  23. Guzzeuntite

    “Is it just me or are douche and douchebag becoming more mainstream?”

    It’s been that way for a long time, although people like to think South Park lit the “douche” fire.

    One of H.L. Mencken’s lesser-known quotes was, “The recent cachet among the lower-class and middle-brow for the term “douchebag” has suddenly infected the more brain-damaged corners of the haute bourgeoisie. It has, to coin a phrase, obtained a certain ‘douchet.’”

  24. “HIllary CLinton IS LEft WIng, KEvron.”

    barely. relevance?

    KEvron

  25. Guzzeuntite

    See her comment at 11:33AM, above, from which you copied and pasted the words “smug, annoying, angry, egotistical, doughy, effeminate, vacuous piece of dreck”

    If she is “barely” left wing, she is far, far from right wing.

  26. stupid, liar or troll (rightwing was never in doubt)?

    KEvron

  27. Guzzeuntite

    INcoherent, NOnsensical, SIlly. LEftwing FLake IS NEver IN DOubt???

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