The Political Cat posted this clip of Al Franken questioning Mark de Bernardo, an arbitration lawyer and apologist for Halliburton subsidiary KBR. I was blown away by Franken’s intelligence and empathy. The clip is longish but it’s worth watching the whole thing to see him make mincemeat of Mr. de Bernardo in the last third.
Al Franken is definitely is ready for prime time.
I love how Franken uses “Sir” to punctuate his questions. He manages to be perfectly dignified even as he wreaks devastation on de Bernardo’s pathetic excuses for denying justice to survivors of workplace harassment and assault. I love how de Bernardo’s face collapses like yeasted dough that’s just been punched down (at 6:39, for instance).
The clip doesn’t show as much of Jamie Leigh Jones, but you see enough to appreciate her determination to make sure that what happened to her can never happen again with impunity.