In 2004 while being bored and delayed waiting at an airport in Iowa, Glenn sees the self important Al Franken telling the people at the airline counter why HE (Franken) needs special treatment since he's Al Franken... Glenn took this opportunity to get his picture taken with Al.
GLENN: All right. Stu, you just took about 30 seconds to prove me wrong on Al Franken. I was trying to say something nice about Al Franken not because I want to say something nice about Al Franken. Everybody and I know people who have worked with him. Everybody that I know says he is a despicable human being. So it's not like I'm looking for, you know, to make nicey nice with Al Franken.
STU: Although you do have a very nice picture of him in an airport.
GLENN: We do.
STU: Which is a historic moment in Glenn Beck history.
GLENN: I do, I do.
STU: Probably people haven't I mean, this is a story you haven't told in quite a long time.
GLENN: Yes. I was in, what is it, 2004 election and we were in
GLENN: Iowa. And everybody was flying out and I happened to be about three people behind Al Franken and he was standing in line and he was at the first class counter and he said they said, I'm sorry, you are not going to make your flight because the security line is so long. And he said, oh, come on, look and Stu, if I'm lying, I'm dying. You were standing right there.
STU: Right there.
GLENN: And I said to you, my life for a tape recorder. And he said, look, you know who I am, right? And the guy at the counter just kind of looked up at him and he said, there's got to be some sort of mechanism for people like me.
PAT: Jerks, you mean? We have a mechanism. It's called a boot.
GLENN: (Laughing). All right. So he's a despicable human being. So I'm not looking to say nice things about him. I and so is Pat. We're under the impression that he hadn't said anything like Alan Grayson says every two seconds.
STU: You are talking about an impossible standard here. You are talking about the biggest idiotic loud mouth in our nation's history perhaps?
PAT: That's why we were so surprised as we were thinking about it yesterday.
STU: Wait a minute. I'm talking about Grayson. Grayson's standard is one that cannot
GLENN: No, Al Franken's standard is awfully he has lowered, or he has raised his standards. Come on, he has.
STU: From what?
GLENN: From Alan Grayson.
PAT: Alan Grayson style.
GLENN: To just a bad guy. Come on! He's not being who you thought he was going to be, is he?
STU: I haven't, you know I know he got in
GLENN: Give me your news.
STU: He got well, let's go because I know he got in he certainly had incidents that we could go over with John Thune and things like this but they are generally sort of, a sort of, the typical senators being jerks to senators elevated to the Al Franken level which again is nowhere near Alan Grayson. But this one was Joe Lieberman talking on the Senate floor about healthcare trying to now remember, Lieberman's a guy who wound up coming around here but in the debate on healthcare talking about, you know, actually cutting costs. He did try to, he tried to hold this up and tried to get his, I don't know if I would give Lieberman credit necessarily, either, but he's trying to be a little bit, trying to be a tad talking about saving money in the healthcare debate. He talks and he gets interrupted by Al Franken and then afterwards you hear on John McCain here explaining the significance of what just occurred here in the Senate. This is from a couple of weeks ago.
LIEBERMAN: Our amendment clarifies that the purpose of the board is not just to contain costs within Medicare but to look more broadly at healthcare spending outside of these publicly supported programs. That's very significant. We'll provide an opportunity for broad savings and health, care and health insurance for pretty much everybody in our country.
FRANKEN: Spoken for, I'm sorry, the senator's spoken for ten minutes.
LIEBERMAN: I wonder if I could ask unanimous consent for just one moment.
FRANKEN: In my capacity as senator from Minnesota I object.
LIEBERMAN: Really? Don't take it personally. I will ask unanimous consent that the remainder of my remarks be in the record if read.
FRANKEN: Without objection.
STU: Here's McCain coming up here.
FRANKEN: The senator from Arizona.
SENATOR McCAIN: I just saw I've been around here 20 some years. First time I've ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks and I must say that I don't know what's happening here in this body.
GLENN: I do.
SENATOR McCAIN: But I think it's wrong. So I it's fine with me that it be ten minutes but I'll tell you, I've never seen a member denied an extra minute or so as the chair just did.
STU: Yeah. I mean, you know, we found a lot of agreements with McCain but I've always considered him a very honorable guy.
GLENN: Oh, I think John McCain is honorable. I think he's wrong, dead wrong, he's a progressive but he's an honorable man.
STU: You are talking about, he's saying he's never seen that in 20 years at the Senate.
PAT: That is awful.
STU: That is significant.
PAT: In fairness, I mean, when Lieberman starts his speech...
GLENN: It was a little agonizing, let's be honest. Now, hang on, there's two things going on here. There's two things going on here. Al Franken, that's not in the category of what Pat and I were talking about.
PAT: That's not. It's rude.
GLENN: That's progressive.
STU: No, wait, wait.
GLENN: That's the progressive, the debate is over.
GLENN: They will do anything. I mean, I think these people really are, I think they're evil. I think this progressive movement of shutting down, when John McCain says I don't know what's going on here, senator, that's your fault. You are the man who looks up to Theodore Roosevelt. You are the man that doesn't apparently understand who the progressives are. You don't know what's going on here? A hostile takeover. That's what's going on here, senator. And you're just as much at fault because you have blinders on! Al Franken is a progressive. The progressive movement I believe is evil! That's different than being Alan Grayson and being somebody who is just like and, you know, Alan Grayson's just a boob. Alan Grayson is, you know, look at this. If I paint a moustache on them, he's snidely Whiplash! And that's what I expect from Al Franken.
STU: So you are saying he's still been a big fat jerk but not as much of a loud mouth.
GLENN: I think he's been an evil progressive but he hasn't been a loud mouth evil progressive.
STU: I'm sorry. I didn't realize we were judging it by necessarily volume. It's more
PAT: You have to understand the standard by which we were judging.
GLENN: I'm not saying that Alan I'm not saying that Al Franken is a guy that I'll endorse, I like. I think he's on the right track. I think he's a decent human being. I started this with, he's a despicable human being.
STU: That's true. You did include that, yeah.
GLENN: That said
GLENN: He's not Alan Grayson.
STU: He's just doing things that we haven't seen in two decades.
GLENN: Look how desperate we are.
PAT: To give a compliment.
GLENN: To give a compliment. Look how
STU: He is not the BTK killer! I mean, come on!