Monday, January 5, 2009

Stuart Smalley in the Senate?

Looks like it.

Democrat Al Franken wins Minnesota senate recount

The state of Minnesota has certified his victory although the Senator he beat, Norm Coleman, vows to sue. We'll see how this plays out. Although it's only by about 250 votes (!) a win is a win is a win.

So congrats to Al Franken, comedian and Senator. That makes him one out of ... sorry one of 100.

Al Franken aka Stuart Smalley was a writer and performer on "Saturday Night Live" during the 70s and 80s. He wrote some of the most brilliant sketches during SNL's golden years. If he's as good a Senator as he was a writer, he'll be pretty damn good.

Interesting irony this election: Al Franken is from Minnesota but made his career in New York at SNL. Now former Senator Norm Coleman is actually from Brooklyn, NY but made his career in Minnesota. Two sides of the same coin (or "kern" as the Brooklyn-born Coleman might say).

Another interesting thing about this race: Norm Coleman lost the 1998 Minnesota Gubernatorial race to Jesse Ventura. As Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone noted, this makes Coleman the first politician to lose not to one but two television personalities. How friggin' embarrassing.

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