U.S. Sen. Al "Landslide" Franken kicked off a national meeting of
progressive leaders in Duluth earlier this month with an opening
declaration that "moral indignation is great!’’
Then he added, a little sheepishly and with his trademark
perfect timing: “It’s just not very attractive. It's a lesson I've
His confession, about how his own indignation made his election
closer than it should have been, drew knowing laughter from the crowd
of about 200 think-tank directors, advocacy groups organizers, and
Duluth citizens at a meeting sponsored by the A.H. Zeppa Foundation and
directed by the Commonweal Institute, based in California.
And the Progressive Roundtable conference that followed was
suffused with the theme that if there is to be a progressive
renaissance, it needs to be animated by a spirit of constructive and
practical problem-solving, piece-by-piece, and state-by-state.