Al Franken

Biography and Quotes

Liberal Hall of Shame
The Top 1000 Liberals in America

"We are flaming swords of justice," Franken told a cheering crowd at a party to launch the network Tuesday night. "Bush is going down, he is going down, he is going down. And we're going to help him."

Liberal Radio Talk Show Launched
Mar 31, 3:02 PM (ET) By SETH SUTEL

“What must it be like to live in Rush Limbaugh’s world? A world where when anyone other than conservative, white men attempts to do anything or enter any profession, be it business, politics, art or sports, the only reason they’re allowed entry or, incredibly, attain excellence is because the standard was lowered. Be they liberals, people of color, women, the poor or anyone with an accent.... Edgy, controversial, brilliant. What a way to shake up intelligent sports commentary. Hitler would have killed in talk radio. He was edgy, too.”

CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles on October 5.

And so there's no comparison between NPR and the propaganda that you hear from Rush or from Sean Hannity, the news movement conservatives that are just laying out, slathering out the disinformation and the lies, as I discuss in my book,....

You know. I'm not that left-wing. I mean, but I'm a liberal and I'm not going to stand for this baloney that's coming from the right. I just won't stand for it anymore.

AL FRANKEN October 2003


One thing I've noticed: Steve Forbes when he speaks almost never blinks. He has this weird stare while he's speaking, he's very programmed. It's amazing that Forbes is getting this far. I mean, the flat tax guy won't release his own tax form. I hope the guy gets nominated. It would be hilarious. He was asked in the Iowa debate, "How much would you save with the flat tax?" He sidestepped the question. But according to Fortune magazine he's worth $430 million; so if he's a mildly competent investor he would make $43 million a year on interest, at 10%. And he would pay no taxes on that $43 million, because the flat tax would eliminate taxes on interest and capital gains. His flat tax would save millions for his siblings too. So, come on Republicans, please, please nominate him. But I think they'll pick Dole.

mean three of those guys -- Dornan, Keyes and Taylor -- could be certifiably crazy, you know what I mean?

"Hello, I'm Rush L., and I'm an overeater." By MARK SCHAPIRO

I have, to some degree. It just drives me nuts that these guys have stolen values, when they’re corrupt, dishonest, greedy. They hire people by cronyism. They hijack religion and Jesus, when Jesus talked about helping the poor. As I always say, if you cut out every passage in the New Testament where Jesus talks about helping the poor, or helping the least among us – if you cut out each one of those passages, you’d have the perfect box to smuggle Rush Limbaugh’s drugs.

March 8, 2006
Al Franken Getting Progressives Organized with Midwest Values PAC

I hadn't really thought of that until this book. I thought of most comedians as liberal, most people in show business as liberal. But when the book came out, people said to me, "Thank God, finally, a funny liberal." And I'm going, "Liberals aren't funny? I thought we were. Oh, I guess we aren't."

Yeah. I felt that my task in the book was really to go after the right the way the right goes after the Clintons. I have this chapter making fun of the various conspiracy theories about Vince Foster.

Interviewed By Richard Blow November/December 1996 Issue

True, true. OK, everyone from former presidents to my pals like Bobby Kennedy. Or Larry David. He is very committed to the [liberal] cause.

think the biggest issue will be what this guy didn’t do after 9/11 in terms of being a uniter not a divider. Instead of uniting us, he divided us. This is the most secretive administration and the most radical in terms of being economically right wing and in terms of—well, he just will give anything to his contributors. And I think it will be about that. I think it will be about integrity.

'The O’Franken Factor'
By Jennifer Barrett Updated: 4:15 p.m. PT Jan 16, 2004

I think the president -- I think people have to remember back to September 12, 2001. We were the most united we had ever been in our history that I can remember. And we had the world behind us. And I think the president hijacked 9/11 and used it to go to war with Iraq, in a way that was very divisive. And I think he was divisive by holding the-having the vote on the resolution for him to use force right before the election, and the way he used the Department of Homeland Security, which, if you see four years later, he hasn't really taken seriously at all.

TRANSCRIPT MSNBC Updated: 8:46 a.m. PT Dec 8, 2005
Al Franken visits 'Scarborough Country'

An exuberant crowd of nearly 2,000 packed New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday night ostensibly to voice their support for Sen. John Kerry, but President Bush had the dubious distinction of being the man of the hour.

From hipsters to professionals to aging hippies, the audience was as diverse as the talent on stage. Attendees paid $25 to $500 to watch performances by rocker Perry Farrell, techno-musician Moby, singer Natalie Merchant and hip-hop collective The Roots.

The event, sponsored by, also unveiled a new TV ad campaign featuring such Hollywood stars as Scarlett Johannson, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Matt Damon. Several of the stars appearing in the ads were on hand as were other celebrity speakers, including actress Edie Falco, comedian Al Franken and actor and musician Kevin Bacon. But the longest and most enthusiastic standing ovation of the evening was saved for former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 By Jane Roh
MoveOn Whips Up Anti-Bush Sentiment,2933,130091,00.html