Ned Flounders wrote:
jjoyce wrote:I predict the Cubs will NOT win the World Series this year and that Al Franken will not be an effective senator.
The problem with that comparison is that winning the World Series is objectively measurable. It's hard to fake.
Being "an effective senator" is a matter of perception, and expectations matter. I dislike Franken (though I'd obviously prefer him to Coleman). But I predict he will benefit from low expectations, and well before 2014 people will probably be remarking on how he's turned out better than expected. Just my hunch.
Jason, I'm curious -- do you still think Franken will be ineffective?
It's only two months into his term, but I'm seeing pretty much what I expected. Take this video clip, for example, which is getting lots of coverage today:http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archi ... tuents.php
I don't have time to watch Al talk about health insurance for ten minutes ... but I watched half of it, and he comes across as very different from my original impression of Al Franken. He's calm, serious, good at connecting to people and explaining stuff, even complicated things, and even when he's talking to people who disagree with him.
I think Franken's going to look a lot better as a senator than most of us predicted, and that he'll actually benefit from those low expectations. Kind of the reverse of what happened to Bobby Jindal.