Scott Bensing

The United States Senate is known as the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.” A group of men and women charged with writing laws and debating foreign and domestic policy. Conspicuously absent from Article One of the Constitution; authoring pornography.

Al Franken has made a career of insulting and belittling people who disagree with him, and now is attempting to dismiss any criticism by saying his work was satire. Satire may have a place in civilized society, pornography and hate speech do not. Those are strong words, but a review of Franken’s past commentary justifies their usage.

First, there is Franken’s 2000 article for Playboy entitled “Porn-o-Rama,” a column so crass and vile that Democrat Members of Congress, including Reps. McCollum, Ellison and Walz publicly condemned it. Rep. McCollum even went so far as to say:

"As a woman, a mother, a former teacher, and an elected official, I find this material completely unacceptable," McCollum said of Franken's piece, published in 2000 under the headline "Porn-O-Rama!"

Franken, in typical fashion, made no apologies nor did he directly address these justifiable concerns. Instead, he dismissed the Congresswoman for not being a “supporter.”

The condemnation continued in a recent column from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In the Star Tribune, columnist Katherine Kersten points out Franken’s Playboy column was emailed to her, but was immediately caught by her email filters. Kersten discussed why Franken’s column was flagged by her email filters.

“In his Playboy romp, Franken fantasized about oral sex delivered by a machine, as well as sex with combinations of females who fit the Playboy view of women as big-breasted automatons, panting at the prospect of servicing the likes of Franken. That's why they call it fantasy, I guess.”

She goes on to wonder…

Scott Bensing

Scott Bensing is the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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