Skip to comments.Senator Al Franken: Goodbye to the Class Clown
Posted on 07/06/2009 11:33:21 AM PDT by MplsSteve
After Al Franken is sworn in to the U.S. Senate this week, the nation will be watching to see how the former entertainer performs in a theater where cooperation trumps controversy and wise politicians survive wiseguys.
Preparing for his new role, one of the first people Franken sought out was Tamara Luzzatto, chief of staff for Hillary Clinton when she was in the Senate.
"A number of people have told me to study the Hillary model of being a senator," Franken said after they met last February. "Put your head down and do the work."
Franken appears determined to establish credibility as a serious lawmaker. No acerbic wit. No bombastic attacks on conservatives.
Goodbye Stuart Smalley, the goofy, mincing self-help guru from "Saturday Night Live." Hello, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
"We're going to see a new Al Franken," said analyst Steven Schier, who teaches politics at Carleton College. "Or at least the same Al Franken we've seen in recent months, an Al Franken on Valium, so to speak -- very low-key."
Franken's attempts at a muted tone will likely be tested by the news media horde that will greet his arrival in the Capitol, along with a jam-packed legislative agenda.
"It's going to be about as crazy as one can imagine," said longtime Franken friend and Congress observer Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Without a chance to catch his breath and ease into the job, Ornstein said, Franken's arrival will be "like being dropped into the middle of a tsunami."
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I am at a loss (although I've tried) to explain how this state could elect an assclown (personally, politically and professionally) to the US Senate.
As I read the headline for this article, I winced at the words "Senator Al Franken". I know I'll wince more at hearing the words "Senator Al Franken."
His election, regardless of whether a person thinks was stolen or not, was a travesty - given Franken's past record of classless humor and political bombast.
There's no doubt Franken will try the Hillary Clinton method - working hard and keeping his mouth closed. The question is whether he's really capable of doing that or not.
The jury remains out on that. Given his past anger mgmt issues, I'm inclined to think not. Time will tell, I guess.
Comments or opiniions - anyone?
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Franken = Caligula’s horse
Shame on Mn
He can be as crazy and vicious as he wants to be.
In this crew, he really won’t stand out.
Let's see, the rest of the Senate began at the beginning of the term. What else has Franken had to do, really, except 'catch his breath,' and meet with the lawyers in charge of stealing the election?
“Goodbye to the class clown” and “Hello to the village idiot”.
Did you hear him reading a statement a few hours ago? If my child read and sounded like he did he’d be in a remedial reading class.
I agree with that 100 per cent
Coleman won by 752 votes.
The ACORN Sec of State agreed to the recount,
and EVERY decision in the recount process went in Franken’s favor.
Stolen election, plain and simple.
Stalin: “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
Franken being elected to the Senate is a glaring example of what is wrong with this country. There is no way that jack@ss should have even been electable.
If he follows the Hillary model he will get nothing done. This might be a good thing.
Yeah, at first I figured the article would be better titled, 'Goodbye to Class.' But then I decided the Senate lost that long ago.
I look forward to Minnesotans growing up someday. Hubert Humphrey, Paul Wellstone, Jesse Ventura, Stuart Smalley. It looks to me like a permanent, multi-generational, case of terminal political naivete.
The media also helped elect this loser. It’s pretty much a summation of where we are as a society. The media is winning....
Are we gonna start calling him “Senator Smalley”?
now the U.S. CONGRESS has been officially ordained as a...
Can’t do any worse than Illinois with Little Dick “Gulag” Turban and Roland “Rolly the Boo” Burris. The shame can go around plenty...
I thought Hillary = Caligula’s horse. I’m so confused.
That asshat is too old to change. He is what he is.
“I like how at his press conference he said he wanted to be considered number 2 from Minnesota.........
fecAl Franken, MN’s #2.
“I thought Hillary = Caligulas horse. Im so confused.”
Hillary is hereby demoted to merely “horse.”
Franken will never be taken seriously.
He has a goofy background.
He is a pervert.
He is an extreme leftist.
He is a tax cheat.
His temper will come out.
He was clearly elected for the sole purpose of pissing off conservatives. I, for one, will not give the guy a break or the benefit of the doubt.
Its hard to fathom how the state can vote for one of the worst senators (Franken) and one of the best congressman (Bachman). There must be a lot of common sense outside the metro area and a total lack of it inside the metro area.
Disagree we may with Humphrey, but he does not belong in that list. Remember, HHH threw the commies out of the DFL. He was also pro-2A, for the same reason that the Founding Fathers intended - as a last defense against domestic tyranny. And here we are.
I knew I didn’t like Norman Ornstien, now that I know he’s a “longtime friend” of franken, I know why.
..just another worthless perversion of our system by the hyphenated group, Deadbeat-Americans electing one of their own.
It will only cause more grief and misery to millions of regular Americans...
What a jerk this guy is...how embarrassing for Minnesota.
You're not alone.
My state elected a musclebound moron as governor and Barbara Boxer as senator. Oh, and Pelosi too.
Look for the Franken jokes to start flowing.
Sadly I am soon to move to northern Minnesota and will have dumb and dumber for my Senators. Franken will proceed to be be an Obama lapdog and will push legislation most Minnesotans will find odious. His anti-gun positions will not play well in most of Minnesota and he may be the key vote to give us economy killing cap and trade. I would be willing to bet he will NOT be re-elected unless ACORN is able to stuff ballot boxes better than Hugo Chavez.
The US Parliament of Whores
Will Rogers said that Congress was far funnier than he was. Except that every time they made a joke, it was a law. And every time they made a law, it was a joke.
RAT corruption foisted this schmuck on the nation. Thank ACORN too.
Is there a mechanism in Minnesota to recall or remove Senators?
Do you think there my be enough “buyer’s remorse” or anger over the recount to recall (insert derogatory adjective here) Franken?
Wincing more or less than when you hear the words "President Barack Hussein Obama"?
“Fellow bums...er, Senators....”
Harry Reid was concerned about the Senate Democrats’ reputation as clowns, so he brought in a professional.
There’s no recall mechanism that I’m aware.
Impeachment and removal of a US Senator would have to come from within the Senate. And that body, regardless of who’s in control, is loathe to eject a fellow member.
The closest they came was back in ‘81 when Senator Harrison Williams (D-NJ) got tangled up in Abscam and decided to resign rather than face possible impeachment proceedings.
Buyers remorse will happen. And it won’t be the first time either. Back about ‘99 or ‘00, a lot of Minnesota voters looked at Gov Jesse Ventura and said “I can’t believe I voted for that bloviating piece of garbage”.
MN also elected Jesse Ventura and Paul “Red” Wellstone. It can’t bother ‘em too much to be represented in the Senate by a Clown.
Honestly, I just watched his acceptance speech here..
Even though he is loony toons, he sounds just like every other politician, same old BS and platitudes. What a said day for Americans.
Yes, by all means Al F, don’t be yourself, ‘cause that’ll NEVER work.
He will always be the 'Senator-Select'.
A disgrace to the State of Minnesota and an abomination to the United States Senate.
One wonders if the election were held today, whther the outcome would be the same. I think not. They would not add this individual to the mix in light of all that has transpired since the election.