Submitted by Pensito Review contributor Amilee Brul, Red State and Blue
Bill Maher’s Real Time aired Friday, May 13, the season’s finale, with Al Franken as one of the panel. Mr. Franken admitted that he is seriously considering a run for the Senate chair now occupied by Norm Coleman of Minnesota.
Coleman, formerly from the Bronx, formerly a Democrat and still (?) Jewish, was selected over Fritz Mondale to the Senate. The tragic deaths of Paul Wellstone, his wife, daughter, three staffers and two pilots during his 2002 re-election campaign against Coleman threw the election into turmoil, and Coleman came out a Senator.
Franken, who earns a living as a comedian and satirist, is liberal, smart and well-spoken. When he isn’t doing shtick, he is impressive as a thoughtful spokesman for the bleeding hearts. As a matter of fact, he is impressive when he is doing his shtick.
Mahr’s reaction to the possible Franken candidacy was that it opened up a new job possiblities for underemployed comedians. He seemed unsurprised by the announcement, but enthusiastic.