I don’t want to live in a country where we need machine guns to guard our gated communities. But that’s the direction we’re headed when we cut taxes for the rich and after-school programs for our kids.

I don’t want to live in a country where we lose the separation of church and state . . . or that the rest of the world doesn’t trust . . . or in a country where my partner Charles and I are second class citizens . . . or in a country where our “checks and balances” on Trent Lott and Rick Santorum and Bill Frist — who votes the same way as Trent Lott — are Tom DeLay and John Ashcroft and Antonin Scalia.

We have to win this next presidential election — and we are going to.

1. Our candidates are better
2. Our policies are better
3. Our party infrastructure is light-years ahead of where it was
4. We have Al Franken.

How many of you have read Al’s new book, Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right?

You must! You must! I’ve bought 13 copies so far – I kid you not – and I’m just getting started. I particularly love leaving it out on my tray table when I’m on airplanes. I always get an aisle seat, as close to the front as I can, so everybody passes by and sees it. I get a lot of thumbs up.

The language in the book can be pretty raw – warn your Mom before you give it to her. But this book is filled with facts. Actual, verified facts. And some of them are, like – to put it in the language of up-speak – really, really important? And you’ll wonder why you didn’t already know them? And why the so-called liberal media hasn’t been pounding them home day after day?

Well, Al pounds them. And he pounds Ann Coulter and Karl Rove and Richard Mellon-Scaife, and you really, really need to get this book.

Salon’s David Talbert put it this way:

The instant, runaway success of Franken’s new book is not just a result of Fox News’ inexplicable decision to shoot itself in the foot by launching an idiotic trademark-infringement lawsuit, but also the author’s bold — and roaringly funny — knack for confronting the Bush presidency and its prevaricating apologists . . . Again and again, Franken finds that the bullies of the right quickly fold when confronted, or are unable to back up their big talk when challenged on their facts . . . They can’t take the heat when it finally comes their way.

Al is bringing it their way.

His book is #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for the fifth week. Read it!


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