Lots of readers want me to be more outraged by Franken’s tackle. Sorry I can’t oblige. I’m not saying — or I didn’t mean to say — that he was right to do it. Obviously, it was a dumb thing to do. I just think it’s a more forgiveable/human response than a lot of folks do.
That said, tackling him from behind — a fact I’d somehow missed originally — doesn’t speak too well of Al. First, it demonstrates that he didn’t try to talk to the heckler before resorting to violence. Moreover, he says he employed a wrestling move. Well, um, where did he wrestle that he got the opportunity to tackle opponents from behind? A school for the blind?