Message to Randi Rhodes: Al Franken is in a recount, not because of Bushist Party shenanigans, but because he got about 50 more votes than Norm Coleman. It’s an amazingly close vote total, yes; these things happen. Norm Coleman still benefits from having leeched off of the DFL; Randi herself got a call the other day from some guy who voted for Coleman, thinking Coleman might switch parties back; Randi had to tell the guy, who seemed a little taken aback, that Coleman is a horrible person; and Al Franken isn’t as extroverted as Paul Wellstone was, and so didn’t make as many friends; so the vote was close; but that’s what happened. Al Franken may or may not owe an apology to Randi Rhodes, but in such a small way that it is perverse for Randi to make such a big deal four years later.
Also, she owes Al more than she realizes: having her show follow Franken’s did much to launch Randi’s career in nationwide radio, and Al did it even though the bosses (being bad bosses) weren’t paying him the gazillions they’d signed him up for.