Clown Escape

Al  Franken is a complete idiot.

It will be the eternal shame of the people of Minnesota that they elected such an obvious goof to the Senate. John Fund explains the sorrow that is Al Franken:

Former TV comedian Al Franken continues to demonstrate why he’s not ready for prime time in the Senate. Last week, GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was giving a serious speech on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He noticed Senator Franken, who was in the presiding officer’s chair in front of him, gesticulating and making faces at him as he criticized Ms. Kagan. “Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion,” reported The Hill newspaper.

After he had finished, Mr. McConnell made clear he wasn’t amused by walking up to the dais and telling Mr. Franken: “This is not ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Al.” Afterward, a chastened Senator Franken walked to Mr. McConnell’s office to apologize. Not finding him, he wrote a note instead.

The McConnell incident is not the only one Senator Franken might regret. Last week, as the Senate’s most conspicuous liberal, he certainly did Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin no favors while campaigning for her in conservative South Dakota. “She has voted differently than I voted on a couple of things,” Mr. Franken told an audience in Rapid City. “But we need to be able to have somebody here in South Dakota who’s going to vote for Speaker Pelosi, not for Speaker Boehner.”

Ms. Herseth Sandlin must have winced. Nancy Pelosi is decidedly unpopular in South Dakota, and Ms. Herseth Sandlin is clearly trying to win re-election by keeping her distance from the Speaker, going so far as to run TV ads against Ms. Pelosi’s “trillion dollar health care plan.”

State Rep. Kristi Noem, her GOP opponent, quickly seized on the remark, and the soundbite can be expected to show up soon in commercials. Ms. Noem already leads Ms. Herseth Sandlin in several polls, an unusual position for a challenger. For his part, Mr. Franken appeared clueless to the damage he’d inflicted on his fellow Democrat. But he cheerfully acknowledged that he recognizes the tough political climate Democrats face this year. “I’m glad I’m not running for re-election this year,” the Rapid City Journal reports him saying.

Senate Democrats were thrilled when Mr. Franken’s photo-finish victory finally gave them a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate for a few months last year. But his boorish and bizarre behavior has soured many of his colleagues and I’m reliably told that some Senate Democrats wish Mr. Franken were indeed running for reelection this year — as the fastest way for him to exit the Senate.

It’s as if a trained monkey had been elected to the Senate.


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