Mike Malloy Slams Air America Colleague Al Franken as Arrogant, Aloof
Left-wing radio host Mike Malloy is often one of the most unhinged voices over the airwaves, but once in a great while he reveals a limited capacity for perception. This is one of those times.
On his show last night, Malloy was talking with a caller when Sen. Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, was mentioned. Franken and Malloy once worked at the now-defunct Air America Radio network before Air America fired Malloy in 2006 and Franken left to run for Senate in Minnesota the following year. (Audio after the jump)
Here's what Malloy had to say about his not-so-dear former colleague (h/t for audio, Brian Maloney at mrctv.org) --
MALLOY: I knew him tangentially when we both worked at Air America ...
CALLER: All right, when, you know, you were on ...
MALLOY: ... yeah and I just, you know, I don't mean to, I can get along with anybody unless they're (sic), you know, a racist or a punk or something, but I just couldn't, couldn't get along with him. You know, when I first met Marc Maron and Rachel Maddow (mispronounces it "Mad-dow") and of course I had known Randi Rhodes for a while, but you know, I started meeting these people, and Janeane Garofalo who was part of that crew and Janeane's a bigger movie star than Al Franken ever hoped to be. And they were just nice, common, decent, you know, let's see if we can make this work kind of folk. (Malloy big on das volk). But Al Franken wasn't. He, you know, he had attitude and arrogance, you know, sticking out from him like spikes on a cactus and it just, I don't know, we just, you know, when I get around somebody like that it takes about 10 seconds for me to realize, uh oh, they're (sic) much better than I am, so I'm just going to go back into my little hidey-hole and not hang out with the superstars, which is what I did.
Brings to mind Grover Norquist's timeless observation that there are no allies on the left, only competing parasites.