Will Franken listen?

Yesterday, I wrote this article about a devastating ad that Americans for Prosperity is running against Sen. Mark Pryor, (D-AR). It just as easily could’ve been run against Sen. Stuart Smalley, aka Al Franken. First, here’s the ad:

Next, here’s the transcript from the ad:

People don’t like political ads. I don’t like them either. But health care isn’t about politics. It’s about people. It’s not about a website that doesn’t work. It’s not about poll numbers or approval ratings. It’s about people. And millions of people have lost their health insurance. Millions of people can’t see their own doctors and millions are paying more and getting less. Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. Tell Sen. Pryor to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people.

Sen. Franken can’t hide on this subject. In November, he met with President Obama. Here’s what he said:

Franken said he expressed his displeasure at the meeting.

“I, along with the Senators at the meeting, expressed frustration with the performance of the federal website,” he said in a statement released from his office.

“I also made it clear that, while MNsure.org appears to be running more smoothly than the federal website, I want to make certain that the pieces of the federal system that interface with MNsure are working as well as possible,” said Franken, who was among 16 senators who met with Obama.

Although Franken has been a supporter of ObamaCare, according to one report, he was “visibly agitated” last month when meeting with Obama’s chief of staff to discuss the problem with the roll out.

On Wednesday he said: “I will continue to hold the Administration accountable as it fixes the federal site.”

That’s just political theater. It isn’t a solution to the underlying problem. Like the woman in the ad said, this “isn’t about a website that doesn’t work.” Apparently, Franken is intent on not listening to this woman’s statements. That’s because he’s intent on weathering a political storm rather than focusing on fixing problems.

Further, it’s obvious that Franken wasn’t paying attention to Minnesota. It’s obvious that he was reading from the DFL’s script about MNsure. Saying that it appeared as though “MNsure.org appears to be running more smoothly than the federal website” is proof that he wasn’t in touch with reality.

Minnesota needs legislators who a) listen to their constituents, b) pays attention to what’s actually happening in his state and c) provide real solutions to their problems. They don’t need politicians whose first priority is to tapdance their way through a political minefield that the politician created.