Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Chapters 6 - 11 Summary & Analysis

Franken, Al
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After his 15-year tenure as a writer for Saturday Night Live, Franken used his passion for political satire to publish a scathing analysis of the far-right and was subsequently thrust into the progressive political circuit. His most memorable experience on this circuit was campaigning for Paul Wellstone, a Democratic Senator for Minnesota who earned a reputation for his continued fight “for the poor and dispossessed, for homeless vets, for people suffering from mental illness,” and for Minnesotans all-around (47). Shortly before his attempted reelection against former St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman, Wellstone, his wife, daughter, and three staffers tragically died in an airplane crash. His legacy and his commitment to the people of Minnesota lives on through the hordes of leftist politicians and staffers that were inspired by his life’s work, including Franken. He writes, “I can’t think of a better tribute...

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