Yesterday the GOP circulated a letter calling on Franken to apologize to women for the January 2000 column, called "Porn-O-Rama!" In the article, Franken imagines visiting a sex institute that offers all manner of virtual sex. Here's a sample:
My nervousness disappeared, and I sat back and enjoyed the amazingly realistic cyber job. It was every bit as good as the last real blow job I had gotten 23 years earlier-if not better-because when I shot my wad, the virtual mouth swallowed.
Rep. Joyce Peppin was among the critics of the column:
“As a woman, as a mother, wife and sister, I am offended by Al Franken’s continuing depiction of women as objects for men to enjoy and mock," she said.
The attack was well-timed, as it coincided with Playboy CEO Christie Hefner holding a Franken fundraiser.
Of course, politicians writing pornography is nothing new, as this Slate article makes clear. Lynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President and Prince of Darkness Dick Cheney, is well known for having written some racy lesbian passages in her 1981 novel Sisters.
This isn't the first time Senator Norm Coleman has tried to have it both ways. For a profile of the senator who was for Democrats before he was against them, read Paul Demko's feature story.