Al Franken Angrily Rushes Senator Coleman After Debate, Media Cameras Miss it

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<p><img height="140" hspace="10" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/12/10/timestopics/topics_alfran... width="100" align="right" border="0" />Al Franken has shown himself to be an angry, easily enraged man and after the October 16 Minnesota Senatorial candidate's debate he allowed his overwrought emotional state to send him over the edge once again. After the debate was over and the Media had turned off their microphones and cameras, Franken rushed over to Senator Norm Coleman's table and proceeded to angrily get in his face over some point or another made during the debate. Franken was getting so angry that his own wife had to rush over and force him to back off from a mounting confrontation with Coleman.</p>

<p>This isn't the only time that Al Franken has allowed his seemingly delicately balanced temperament to be tipped to unseemly anger. In fact, he's allowed himself to be driven to physical violence in the past. In 2004, for instance, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/01/27/elec04.prez.democrats.larouche... tackled a disruptive LaRouchie</a> at a Howard Dean speech. He has also been known to get into <a href="http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/14115411.html">shouting matches with rally attendees</a> and opponents alike. Not to mention his past usage of intemperate or profane language and mean-spirited use of ridicule in his comedy routines and during his radio shows when he was an Air-America host.</p>
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<p>The folks at <a href="http://www.minnesotademocratsexposed.com/index.php">Minnesota Democrats Exposed</a> had the video uploaded to YouTube so that the moment would be immortalized -- no thanks to the media.</p>

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<p>Imagine having a man this easily provoked to rage sitting in what is supposed to be the most deliberative body in the world? Perhaps we might find a mentally unstable fellow like Franken becoming the next <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_Brooks">Preston Brooks</a> should we be unfortunate enough to have him elected to the Senate?</p>

<p>I wonder if the media will report this newest incident? After all, it would have been big news if it were Senator Coleman that was so uncivil as to angrily confront Franken so.</p>

<p>(Photo credit: The New York Times)</p>