I'm really impressed by the level of commitment to ideology that leads commenters to insult Al Franken on an Al Franken diary for not being progressive enough and for calling him a "douche". I'm going to thank Jane Hamsher and the entire paid firedoglake crew for stirring the activist pot and being willing to accept another 20 years of unsustainable status quo in order to proclaim "ALL OR NOTHING - DIE, POOR DIE", and thereby creating an atmosphere where people can proclaim that Al Franken is not doing enough.
I'd also like to thank firedoglake and its mysterious donor base of eleventy kazillion progressives (even though it might seem a tad incredible that a media outlet can support a number of paid activist staff, considering that FDL didn't come up on my radar until this year) for keeping the dreams of PUMAs alive. You'd almost think their funding sources are mysterious, but they do so, so, so very much for all of us by helping in the climate of obstruction and blind rage, and in making common cause with Hitler/Death Panel poster carriers they help elevate American political discourse.
If it weren't for Jane and the FDL crew, I couldn't have this dream job of being one of Rahm Emanuel's paid web commenters, nor would I get to sit in on vital meetings with Rahm and the President, coordinating my means of discussion on web forums and chat sites in order to sell out progressive ideas.