I still like Al Franken’s wry & naughty sense of humor. He was one of the original writers on SNL. As a comedian, he is profane & wickedly funny. You can witness his comedic style in this clip I included of the movie God Spoke. In fact, some of his raunchy lines from his comedy shows have been used in political ads against him. I’m sure you’re aware that Al Franken is running against Norm Coleman in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. The race is close between the two. It might be due to some new scandals that have come to light:
“What this means is that after more than a year of exhaustive campaigning, a whopping $40 million spent and nonstop ads ranging from policy clashes to character attacks, it could be a last-minute development — performances in tonight’s final debate on Minnesota Public Radio, unusually heavy voter turnout or ongoing fallout from breaking controversies — that determines the outcome.
In the past few days, Coleman has charged Franken with breaking the law by allegedly airing falsehoods in his ads. Meanwhile, the senator has faced questions about two lawsuits alleging that his wealthy friend transferred $75,000 to him from a Texas company through his wife’s employer. Each candidate vehemently denies the respective accusations.” (End of Excerpt) Read the whole article by following the link:
I like the fact that Al Franken has drawn the ire of Fox News. According to Wikipedia.org:
“ Fox News conflict
Main article: Fox v. Franken
In 2003, Penguin Books published Franken’s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, which included a cover photo of Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly and a chapter accusing O’Reilly, with whom Franken was feuding, of lying. In August of that year, Fox News sued, claiming infringement of its registered trademark phrase “Fair and Balanced”. A federal judge found the lawsuit to be “wholly without merit” and Fox then filed to dismiss it. The episode with Fox focused a great deal of media attention upon Franken’s book and, according to Franken, greatly increased its sales. Reflecting on the lawsuit during a September 2003 interview on the National Public Radio program Fresh Air, Franken said that Fox’s case against him was “literally laughed out of court” and added that the judge’s comment that the case was “wholly without merit” was a good characterization of Fox News itself. After the lawsuit was dismissed, Franken and O’Reilly continued to feud.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:
He has also confronted the preposterous personality that is Ann Coulter. The nonsensical ramblings of Rush Limbaugh was the subject of his best-selling book called, “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot & Other Observations.” I told you that this election was the wackiest one that I have ever seen. We’ve got two SNL comedians that are heavily entrenched in this year’s elections. The lovely Tina Fey has portrayed the equally pretty Sarah Palin,the VP pick. Al Franken is actually trying to become a Minnesota senator. And it just might happen for him! This is a definite case of life imitating art & art imitating life. I won’t be suprised if Tina Fey runs for political office one day. It seems like anything is possible. That’s what makes America both a dream & a nightmare.
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