The Republicans, I think, at first were a little like, ‘Oh, he’s a satirist who uses scorn and ridicule against Republicans,’ and then after they got to meet me, they were like, ‘Oh, he’s a comedian,’” Franken told POLITICO. “‘He’s a comedian. He’s got a good sense of humor. He likes to laugh. I get it.’ And that kind of went away, that first initial trepidation, I think went away very quickly.
Minneapolis police are investigating a hole apparently made by a pellet shot in the window of Sen. Al Franken’s downtown condominium.
I don’t know how many of you have been to New York, but if a building is two blocks away from anything, you can’t see it," (Franken formerly resided in NYC for many years)
Franken got in a joke, as well: “It’s a community center. They’re going to have a gym. They’re going to have point guards. Muslim point guards.”
“They (Republicans) do this every two years. They try to find a wedge issue, and they try to work it.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is slamming conservative opposition to the Muslim community center project near Ground Zero.
On the campaign trail, Al Franken was wonkish — understandably so. During the long recount and legal challenge of his 2008 Senate race, which resulted in Franken’s win by 312 votes, people who worked with the comedian said he was intensely disciplined and focused, with nary a snarky remark, even in private.
The satirist died when the senator took office.
…Thus, it was heartening to see him make at least a feeble attempt at mocking this enfeebled institution the other day, grimacing during remarks by the dour Senator Mitch McConnell.
“This isn’t Saturday Night Live, Al,” McConnell scolded Franken. Franken promptly apologized. Months earlier, John McCain was upset at another Franken breach, when he refused to grant a fellow senator more bloviating time beyond his allotment.
“It harms the comity of the Senate,” McCain complained.
If ever there was a place in need of more comedy, and less comity, it’s the U.S. Senate.
Cobwebbed by senseless rituals, speeches which no one listens to and rules that make it all but impossible to act on the will of the people, the Senate cries for more ridicule, decorum breaches and old-fashioned wit.
The Mirthless Senate - NYTimes