Democrats’ move against Franken was moral, political calculation
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
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