Here’s a wild suggestion that might take full advantage of the unique skills Franken possesses to give those panicked Republicans a valid justification for their fears:
With Evan Bayh talking about creating a group of “Blue Dog” democratic senators to give moderates a higher degree of clout, I’d like to see Franken become the catalyst for a similar coalition of progressive-minded senators.
Given a likely 59 seat majority for the Democrats, with a small group of Bayh’s Blue Dogs constantly threatening to side with the GOP to stop legislation not deemed corporate friendly enough, the rest of the Democrats not aligned with Bayh should simply threaten to band together and let Franken filibuster unless proposed legislation isn’t beneficial to working class Americans.
According to this report, there’s a record out there that Franken would be the perfect guy to topple:
South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond holds the record for the longest speech in the history of the Senate. During debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1957, he spoke for a total of twenty-four hours and eighteen minutes.With the fear of a Franken filibuster (and we all know he could do it!), even the Blue Dogs will be cowering like a beaten puppy!