Al Franken at the Minnesota State Fair, drawing the US freehand.

And this video is interesting on several levels.  The most left wing senator and one of the most conservative up against each other several weeks ago on Lou Dobbs’ show, and he let them go on for a good five minutes.  The arguments are all well known by now, and this was before the death panel and IRS-will-get-you cards were played (and actually, I don’t think Hatch has been pushing those themes – he’s right wing, but he does have some integrity).  Still, you have that dualism in the conservative argument – the public option is inferior for consumers, but the private sector can’t compete.

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