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April 28, 2005

Endorsement: Al Franken for Senator

Since I don't live in Minnesota or have an overwhelming interest in the state, I strongly endorse Al Franken in his apparent upcoming bid to replace Norm Coleman as Senator from Minnesota. Plus, it would be entertaining to watch him represent liberalism while perhaps trying to put his fellow Senators in headlocks in the Senate cloakroom or screaming drunken obscenities at them. Just imagine a hopped-up Al Franken at 3am on CSPAN!

Franken appears to be serious, since he's moving himself and his show to Minneapolis. Salon's "Senator Franken?" has more:
...But he pauses, shrugs indecisively, a boyish chuckle follows. "I think. I don't know. That might be part of the calculus of whether I go for it or not." Whether Franken will "go for it" in 2008, against freshman Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, remains to be seen. "I can tell you honestly, I don't know if I'm going to run," Franken continues, as we now sit 41 floors below his studio, in the skyscraper's courtyard. "But I'm doing the stuff I need to do, in order to do it."

[Jesse Ventura comments:] "Coleman is savvy. He's spun well. He's in very tight with President Bush... The moment [Franken] declares his candidacy, he has to go off the radio. He has to look forward to having his entire past exposed. He'd better come clean and be honest with it. If he's done drugs in the past, he better be honest about that. He better be honest about things he did at Harvard, if he has anything in the closet," because, Ventura emphasizes, Coleman is "going to have the Republican machine behind him 110 percent."

[University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs says:] "Al Franken is a comedian... He hasn't lived in the state for a number of years. Why do we take it seriously apart from the fact that this guy creates a scene?"
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Posted in StuartSmalley at April 28, 2005 12:03 PM


Yeah, great ideal Al. You tell people to vote for you or you'll beat them up. Besides I think Teddy would get mad if you get drunk and say dumb thing in the chamber, besides that's his job.

Posted by: GregD at April 28, 2005 01:31 PM

As a resident of Minnesota and a conservative....I really wish Coleman was a bit more on my side of the political spectrum. However...compared to Frankin-fraud....Coleman is Barry Goldwater reborn.

And, with the HUGE supply of video and audio clips to chose from, Frankin will be lucky to reach 30% of the vote. I particularly like the VH1 interviews when he talks about "the good old days" on SNL, when he would snort coke with John Belushi or Chris Farley.

2008 would be FUN with Frankin in the race. Come on, Al....let's run!

Posted by: Dave at April 28, 2005 02:09 PM

How's this for a priceless video? Somebody should dig up that video of Franken at a Howard Dean rally. That's where he called Brit Hume "an a**hole who is m*****f***ing shameless." That should get him lots of votes. I suppose Jessica Lange will vote for him.

Posted by: Da Mail at April 28, 2005 09:57 PM

Franken's campaign will be at least as successful as his radio show.

Posted by: Jack T at April 29, 2005 05:43 AM

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