Friday, September 04, 2009
Franken Talks to Constituents
This is why it's good to have Al Franken (D-MN) in the Senate. Put simply, he's a wonk. This was a very wonky answer (series of answers, really). But it was a good one. He was calm, and treated constituents of all views (including the Tea Party woman who asked the first question) with respect -- by which I don't just mean politeness, but as fellow members of the democratic project who could be trusted to have a mature, reasonable discussion on the issue.
This is what democratic participation should be -- not howling about death panels and death books and God knows what else. Treating voters like adults, who understand and respect policy knowledge.