Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Franken Still a Comedian, Still Not Funny

What happens when a comedian goes to the Senate? Not much. He's still a comedian.

Unfortunately for Franken, his schtick hasn't been funny for about 20 years.

...what really set the left-wing blogosphere abuzz was Sen. Al Franken’s supposed “takedown” of Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery. When Tom cited a 2010 study that concluded that children do best when raised in a home with their own married biological or adoptive parents, defined as a “nuclear family,” Franken pounced with his “question”:

"I checked the study out. And I would like to enter into the record, if I may, it actually doesn’t say what you said it says. It says that nuclear families—not opposite-sex married families—are associated with those positive outcomes. Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?

Umnnhhhh...not really, Al.

At the very most, there were 13,000 queer "marriages" in the entire USA at the time the study was done (end-date 2007.) There were 59 MILLION real marriages.

SNL is always looking for comic talent. Sadly, Al won't get past the first audition.


VSO said...

Display Name said...

What, now you have to be married to be considered a family, and you won't let them get married, so therefore they aren't taking care of their kids?

Anonymous said...

I think you totally missed the point.

Minnery admits he thought that the term "nuclear" was restricted to opposite-sex households, but the study clearly did not restrict it to that, and in fact the study DOES NOT COMPARE same-sex households to opposite-sex households. So you can't use this study to say that same-sex households are better or worse. The study doesn't make any distinction on the gender of the parents.

But Minnery tried to use it to say something about an issue that the study DOES NOT EVEN ADDRESS.

Dad29 said...

Foust misses the point all the time.

You just noticed?

Display Name said...

Psst! Dad29! Anony was talking to you, not me.