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Last night, I was lucky enough to attend one of the premiere showings of the new documentary about Al Franken, God Spoke, with a Q&A afterwards with Franken and the film makers. Go out and see this film, folks. It's funny, it's touching, it's informative. As Franken puts it, "What I do is jujitsu. They say something ridiculous and I subject them to scorn and ridicule."
What I often notice when I listen to Franken speak is just how heartfelt his beliefs are about the issues for which he fights. I have heard him speak before about his wife's childhood; how her family was only able to scrape by after the death of her father in a car accident because of Social Security survivor benefits. This is an example he often uses, and yet when he brought it up last night, we could hear him getting choked up while speaking. He is truly a very nice man (and from a cynic like myself, that's a huge compliment).