I read Al Franken's new book last week, so I've got a copy for the first person who asks to borrow it. Here's an excerpt (c/o Atrios):
"[M]ainly it was Coleman’s proxies who played it dirty," Al Franken writes. "The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ran an ad called ‘Pork’ that hit the hypocrisy jackpot. It savaged Wellstone for voting ‘to spend thousands of dollars to control seaweed in Maui,’ claiming that he prioritized seaweed control over national defense. In fact, Wellstone did vote for S.1216, as did Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and 84 other senators. That bill did appropriate the seaweed control spending—but it also provided $21 billion for veterans’ health care, $27 billion for veterans’ compensation and pensions, and block grants to assist New York City’s recovery from 9/11. The NRSC was chaired that year by Bill Frist, who later replaced Lott as Senate majority leader. Before the memorial, Frist spoke with the Wellstones’ older son, David, who later recounted the conversation to me.
The book is honest, funny, and brutal to the right.
"‘I’m sorry about your parents and your sister,’ Frist told David.
"‘Did you authorize the seaweed ad against my dad?’ David asked.
"‘Yes,’ said Frist.
"‘And did you vote for the seaweed bill?’
"There was a pause. They both knew that the answer was yes. Finally, Frist said, ‘It wasn’t personal.’
"‘My dad took it personal,’ David said. ‘Thanks for coming to my family’s memorial.’"
Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:14 AM