Sunday, September 10, 2017

the last book I ever read (Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken, excerpt thirteen)

from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken:

I rarely voted with Jeff when he was a senator. And that’s fine. Senators disagree. But I knew that as attorney general he would represent a clear and present danger to the civil rights of millions of Americans. And his confirmation hearing would be my opportunity to raise that alarm. Which I did, without apology, calling him out for overstating his involvement in civil rights cases and holding his feet to the fire on Donald Trump’s fearmongering about voter fraud (which, of course, is nothing more than a pretext for voter suppression). And then I voted against him.

Jeff Sessions is my friend (or was). Franni is friends with his wife, Mary. When our grandson, Joe, was born, Mary knit him a baby-blue blanket, which became his favorite.

It’s hard to unfairly demonize someone whose wife knit your grandson his favorite blankie. Which is why when my job meant doing everything in my power to deny my friend this important position, I was relieved that there was so much to fairly demonize him for.

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