The funniest Al Franken joke ever!

posted at 5:27 pm on April 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

It could just turn out that Al Franken’s bid for the US Senate may be his best piece of comedy ever, a performance-art masterpiece that uses the Minnesota DFL Party as the butt of the joke. After chasing the much-more electable Michael Cerisi out of the primary race earlier this year, a series of revelations about Franken’s business practices has the DFL wondering what hit them — and how to get out of the trap in which Franken has put them. The Lady Logician has the roundup:

The fallout continues for Team Franken. Friday and Saturday saw stories in the Star Tribune on the Franken tax issues. Both stories have a common theme….that it is the fault of those nasty Republicans that Franken is having these troubles….

Responding to new Republican charges that DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken hid income from California tax authorities for years, Franken’s campaign said Thursday that his accountant is trying to sort out whether taxes are owed. …

Republicans, who for more than a year have eagerly unearthed controversial tidbits from Franken’s comedy routines and books, have in recent weeks discovered several slip-ups in the celebrity’s business life. On Thursday, they claimed to have found another possible irregularity, a charge that has yet to be resolved.

On Friday, Franken’s campaign manager, Andy Barr, declined to say whether Franken had paid taxes on earnings in California between 2003 and 2007.

He said Franken’s accountant is working with California officials to sort things out.

The latest Republican charge that Franken’s taxes there have gone unpaid comes in the wake of earlier disclosures that Franken failed to pay workers’ compensation and disability premiums in New York and botched the dissolution of his California corporation.

While Republican opposition researchers (or in this case a FORMER Republican opposition researcher) may have uncovered these financial “irregularities”, let’s be perfectly clear here….the government of the states of New York and California are the ones making these charges…not the Republican Party.


Al Franken’s corporation got decertified by California for failing to pay its taxes. Since Al Franken served as the COO and apparently the CEO of the corporation, he had the responsibility for keeping up with the taxes and filing requirements in California. Despite whether the information came out from Republican research — or as Lady Logician notes, an independent new-media researcher who formerly worked within the state GOP — it doesn’t change the fact that Franken is an apparent tax dodger.

Franken will certainly settle accounts with both New York and California; he has enough wealth to comfortable take care of both situations. The question, however, is why the DFL got caught flat-footed by these revelations this close to the endorsing conventions. The party only has weeks to go before selecting its challenger to Norm Coleman’s seat, and the prospects for digging up another contender look very, very slim now.

Michael Brodkorb, who dug up all of this information on Franken, has a clip from a local political program where analyst Larry Jacobs can’t believe how unprofessional the Franken campaign is:

Read more about this at Minnesota Democrats Exposed and Ladies Logic. (via Jazz Shaw)


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Apparently being a radio failure was not enough.

RobCon on April 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Attacking Al Franken is so racist. (I’m sure he will give that one a try).

RobCon on April 28, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Al Franken is just a smart-a$$ teenager that never grew up. You can’ expect him to pay taxes. That’s grown-up stuff.

RBMN on April 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

I thought Al Franken WAS the joke.

Capitana on April 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Stuart Smalley owes the money, not Al Franken.

right2bright on April 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Taxes, that is only for the rich, how was Franken to know?

Wade on April 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Al Franken is just a smart-a$$ teenager that never grew up.

I bet he still isn’t welcome at the “Boys and Girls Club” though, is he?!

drunyan8315 on April 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Well, when you’re a comedian — who isn’t funny — I guess the only thing to do is run for the U.S. Senate as a democrat. I mean, the guy needs the paycheck, for God’s sake.

Rational Thought on April 28, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Bill O’Reilly is smiling.

aunursa on April 28, 2008 at 5:54 PM

The funniest Al Franken joke ever!

That would be a difficult feat since Al is like a turd in a swimming pool and turds in a swimming pool are not funny…

Liberty or Death on April 28, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Al Franken? Tax Dodger? Say it ain’t so!

He’s never ever been funny and everything he touches turns to pewter. So, it stands to reason.

SilverStar830 on April 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

knock it off u guys only we are supossed to pay,

rico101 on April 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Ah, Minnesota.

SouthernGent on April 28, 2008 at 6:01 PM

The IRS should audit Hollywood types regularly and with extreme prejudice.

VolMagic on April 28, 2008 at 6:07 PM

knock it off u guys only we are supossed to pay,

rico101 on April 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Yep, what was it Leona “The Queen of Mean” Helmsley said, only us little people pay taxes, the rich don’t pay taxes…

Liberty or Death on April 28, 2008 at 6:08 PM

So now that “radio success,” “law abiding,” “managerial ability” and “wit” are all off the table as qualifications that would recommend Franken for political office, exactly what does he propose to offer Minnesotans for their votes?

Hint: “Hope” and “Change” are already taken.

Cicero43 on April 28, 2008 at 6:10 PM

So now that “radio success,” “law abiding,” “managerial ability” and “wit” are all off the table as qualifications that would recommend Franken for political office, exactly what does he propose to offer Minnesotans for their votes?

Hint: “Hope” and “Change” are already taken.

Cicero43 on April 28, 2008 at 6:10 PM

He may want to try promising to take his oath of office on a Koran. That seems to work pretty well up there.

a capella on April 28, 2008 at 6:15 PM

“Business mishaps”

LOL.

drjohn on April 28, 2008 at 6:26 PM

So now that “radio success,” “law abiding,” “managerial ability” and “wit” are all off the table as qualifications that would recommend Franken for political office, exactly what does he propose to offer Minnesotans for their votes?

Hint: “Hope” and “Change” are already taken.

Cicero43 on April 28, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Shrieking, crybaby, liberal ranting at it’s best…

Or is that just ‘satire’???

I’m wondering how long it will take Al Franken to move back east as soon as Al Franken falls on his ass..

BigWyo on April 28, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Al Franken has only had one “bit” in his entire life:

“I’m Al Franken!”

(said as though someone should care)

…his campaign is just a continuation of the same old lame joke…

landlines on April 28, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Al Franken, the combative, angry, psuedo-comedian is about as funny as a flat tire. And just as useful.

SeniorD on April 28, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Taxes, and the cheating scoundrels that won’t pay them.

TexasDan on April 28, 2008 at 6:43 PM

I have an idea for his new campaign slogan: I have $95,000 in my freezer. Oops, already taken. Sorry

TimothyJ on April 28, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Maybe there is some justice in this world.

WasatchMan on April 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

I guess he could enlist Rev Wright to do a speaking tour on his behalf.

pat on April 28, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Attacking Al Franken is so racist. (I’m sure he will give that one a try).

RobCon on April 28, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Jingoistic and homophobic too!

petefrt on April 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

He failed to pay work comp or disability premiums?

Vote for Al: “He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and dog gone it, he’s sleazy-cheap enough.”

GreenBlade on April 28, 2008 at 7:08 PM

But…but…he’s a liberal – and he hates Republicans. What other qualifications does a DFLer need?

eeyore on April 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Funniest election season EVER.

Coleman was very vulnerable due to his percieved closeness to Bush, and who do they pick to run against him? An unelectable, deranged comedian and radio talker with enough skeletons in his closet to fill a medium sized cemetary.

Nationally the Dems were favored to win the presidency, but with the battle between Empty Suit Obama and the Hillarybot X-742 (with optional compulsive liar subroutine) they’re going to blow the presidential race and lose to a Republican that his own party doesn’t even like very much.

Democrats: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1844.

Hollowpoint on April 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Al Franken makes Jesse Ventura look like a f***ing genius.

argos on April 28, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Heh- seems to me he’s not smart enough, he’s not good enough, and gosh darn it, he’s a bleeding tool.

BillH on April 28, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Minnesota politics seems like a giant soap opera

WoosterOh on April 28, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Title for Al’s next book–

Cheats, and the Cheating Cheaters who Pull Them Off

morganfrost on April 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM

This is not an attack on Franken, no, no, this is an attack on white comedians…

d1carter on April 28, 2008 at 8:13 PM

I think Al Franken is the prototypical democrap. You know, above the law.

Zorro on April 28, 2008 at 8:31 PM

What do you expect.

Johan Klaus on April 28, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Aren’t “comedians” supposed to be funny………..on purpose?

crashman on April 28, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Maybe Al’s campaign people can come out to California to advise with Democratic campaigns here. (We Republicans need all the help we can get.)

irishspy on April 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Cicero43 on April 28, 2008 at 6:10 PM

He really, really hates Rush Limbaugh. That’s probably good for 40% of the Minnesota vote right there.

The Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club scam would have been enough for me, but I’m not the DFL party.

funky chicken on April 28, 2008 at 9:00 PM

It continues to get better! Micheal has documentation that shows that Franken made income in the state of California during the time he said that he was not doing business in California!

I think it is time to reprise the book “Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them”.

Thanks for the link Cap!

LL

Lady Logician on April 28, 2008 at 9:14 PM

But…but…he’s a liberal – and he hates Republicans.

That means he can be the GOP nominee for President! Ba dum bump…

Hey, has John McCain told the Minnesota Republicans to back off Franken yet? We don’t want to run that kind of campaign, right?

Sorry, it’s just too easy, and McCain is so annoying. I can’t help it.

austinnelly on April 28, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Al Franken is a big dumb stupid lying liar of a poopy-headed moron. And he doesn’t wash after using the bathroom. And his books suck. And he has B.O. and halitosis.

whitetop on April 28, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Wait…when was the Al Franken decade again?

TBinSTL on April 28, 2008 at 10:04 PM

The best joke of all will come election day.

Typhonsentra on April 28, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Agreed — election day is when the real laughs start.

… he’s not smart enough, he’s not good enough, and gosh darn it, he’s a bleeding tool people don’t like him.

BillH on April 28, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Had to.

Jaibones on April 28, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Did someone say AL FRANKEN??

(Shameless plug alert.)

Thank you.

DPierre on April 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM

“Nothing criminal, nothing malicious, nothing nasty. I’m guessing most people have something [similar] in their life, where they forgot to pay their property taxes or workers’ comp.”

That’s the best retort Franken’s campaign can come up with?

No, I have not forgotten to pay my property taxes, and, no, I wouldn’t forget to pay my workers’ comp if I had a business which had workers.

If Franken has that attitude toward his taxes, has anyone checked for warrants?

unclesmrgol on April 28, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Is Norm’s seat safe yet?

Wake me when it looks like we’ve got a shot at clipping Pelosi and Ried’s wings…

SuperCool on April 29, 2008 at 3:04 AM

Who’s Al Franken? I live in Minnesota, by the way…sigh… Our DFL party will nominate and try to elect a sodomite/murderer/thief/terrorist/arsonist/child molester & liberal as long as they hate Bush!

sabbott on April 29, 2008 at 7:27 AM

Al Franken’s corporation got decertified by California for failing to pay its taxes. Since Al Franken served as the COO and apparently the CEO of the corporation, he had the responsibility for keeping up with the taxes and filing requirements in California.

I haven’t been keeping up with the story 24/7, but my understanding is that Franken stopped doing business through that corporation before it was decertified. Last I heard he was lazy in dissolving the corporation, but that was the extent of the dumbness…?

“Nothing criminal, nothing malicious, nothing nasty. I’m guessing most people have something [similar] in their life, where they forgot to pay their property taxes or workers’ comp.”

I’ve never forgotten to pay my property taxes, for the simple reason that my state’s government won’t let me forget.

JohnTant on April 29, 2008 at 8:10 AM

The funniest Al Franken joke ever!

That would be a difficult feat since Al is like a turd in a swimming pool and turds in a swimming pool are not funny…

Liberty or Death on April 28, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Caddyshack?

ITmonkey on April 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

*cue some soft Grateful Dead music*
I uhhh think that uhhhhhh all this ummmmmmm newwws abouuuuut Franken is uhhhhhhh really heartening. He’s uhhhhh an uninspiring fool. He’s abouuut as good a uh poli-uh-tician as uhhhhhh he was as uh a uh radio persooonality.

Mallard T. Drake on April 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Did someone say AL FRANKEN??

(Shameless plug alert.)

Thank you.

DPierre

Shoot Dave – I have you bookmarked but with material like this….

I think this whole episode is worthy of a addendum on FrankenLies for sure!

LL

Lady Logician on April 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I haven’t been keeping up with the story 24/7, but my understanding is that Franken stopped doing business through that corporation before it was decertified. Last I heard he was lazy in dissolving the corporation, but that was the extent of the dumbness…?

On problem John….Al was doing business in California during that time! This was more than laziness….

LL

Lady Logician on April 29, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Credit due to you know who-Franken was funny at times on SNL, but has been often unfunny since.
He’s actually attempting to ride on a dead man’s coattails-he wants to be the ‘second coming’ of Paul Wellstone.
I believe that, had he not died shortly before the election, Wellstone would have beat Coleman handily. But it is what it is. Coleman won, and Franken is a loser in life, who will guarantee that Coleman wins re-election.

Doug on April 29, 2008 at 2:19 PM

This alone should be his get out of jail free card http://www.imdb.com/media/rm685021184/nm0291253

PatriotPete on April 29, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Maybe Randi Rhodes could take his place. She’s just as much a Minnesotan as Franken.

oakpack on April 29, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Reminds me of that old Steve Martin routine:

I forgot…….to pay my taxes.

I forgot…….armed robbery was a crime.

rockmom on April 29, 2008 at 3:39 PM