Democrats’ move against Franken was moral, po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tion

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Karen Tu­multy WASHINGTON POST

Party shows a will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice its own in the in­ter­est of stak­ing out the high ground.

WASHINGTON – It seems like a dis­tant mem­ory now, but Al Franken’s ar­rival in the U.S. Se­nate eight years ago marked the very mo­ment when Democrats’ con­trol of Washington reached its high­est point in a gen­er­a­tion.

Af­ter an eight-month re­count, the for­mer “Satur­day Night Live” star had been de­clared the nar­row win­ner of the 2008 elec­tion in Min­nesota – and Democrats, who also held the House and the White House, had gained the 60th Se­nate vote they needed to push their agenda through with­out fear of a fil­i­buster.

Franken’s de­par­ture Thurs­day, amid al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, came at an­other in­flec­tion point for Democrats.

Shut out of power com­pletely, they are look­ing for a way out of the wilder­ness.

To­ward that end, get­ting rid of Franken, who was re-elected

Franken on Page A7

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