4 Words in Franken's Speech Grab Attention
'In the coming weeks'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2017 2:03 PM CST

  • Why Franken bowed out: Politico asks and answers that question, saying Democrats have to go into 2018 unblemished. If the albeit challenging goal is to flip the House, then women are going to have to come out in droves, and that means being able to "look at them with a straight face and say we’re the party that cares about them," as the chairman of Priorities USA tells the site.
  • Echoing that: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board had this to say Wednesday night, "This is what the state of play looks like: The Democrats are eliminating their stains, while the Republicans are endorsing theirs. You have to believe in magic to think this is going to end well for Republicans."
  • Democrats can afford to: Writing for the Washington Post, Callum Borchers points out the Democrats' move isn't much of a gamble, in that the retiring John Conyers hails from a blue district and Franken's seat will be filled by the Democratic governor until a special election takes place. "In other words, Democrats can lose Franken and Conyers without losing representation in Congress."
  • The GOP response: At Vanity Fair, Abigail Tracy sees a counter-effort underway, noting that in the hours before Franken's resignation, some GOPers aligned with President Trump and Moore leaped to Franken's defense. She flags comments made by Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich, who called the process a "lynching" and noted due process wasn't being served. Borchers takes notice at the Post, writing, "By defending Franken now, conservative pundits... seem to be positioning themselves to more credibly stand up for Republicans in the future." If Moore wins, they can throw their support behind him—just, they'll be able to argue, like they did for Franken.

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