Video: The Al Franken decade begins

posted at 6:36 pm on June 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Blogger trapped in a nightmare from which he can’t wake up.” I kept waiting for this to turn into a skit, with Dana Carvey walking out as George Will to challenge him to a debate or something, but there shall be no punchline today, alas. We’ve elected B-movie actors president and monosyllabic action stars governor; why should electing a bit player from SNL feel so much more depressing? Is it just because he’s a lefty? Or is it because the highlight of his career to this point was, um, Stuart Smalley, a fact Drudge is having great fun with as I write this? Like I said on Twitter, in terms of civic decadence, voting in a C-list comedian feels sort of like Caligula appointing his horse to the Roman senate. Although, on the bright side, this might encourage Adam Sandler to take a run at Boxer in California.

Jokes aside, his statement here was gracious and (mercifully) entirely serious.

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we will get everything we deserve.

rob verdi on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM

May God have mercy on us . . .

Special K on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Another tax cheat. He will feel at home from day one.

seven on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Send in the clowns Where are the clowns…

William Amos on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Some voters in Minnesota are not good enough, not smart enough and gosh darn I don’t like them.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

The Al Franken decade begins

I can’t think of five more terrifying words.

Geez, an insane clown is a US Senator.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Although, on the bright side, this might encourage Adam Sandler to take a run at Boxer in California.

Or Dennis Miller.

Disturb the Universe on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Is that his mother?

Kasper Hauser on June 30, 2009 at 6:42 PM

What an embarrassment to Minnesota

JihadKiller1s1k on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Franken, the vile, disgusting, self centered moron … will be nothing more than a rubber stamp for the communist left.

Despicable creature.

darwin on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

This might be the lowest point in modern American politics.

WisCon on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Every day I think it can’t get any stranger than it already is. But these a$$clowns keep finding new ways to amaze me.

bullheadbob on June 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

gag…

most people in minnesota are embarrassing themselves. Talk about lack there of.

upinak on June 30, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Now there can be shouting and pushing fights in the Senate as well as in the House.

myrenovations on June 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

I shudder at the thought of this man voting on bills which affect me.

With that said….WTF Minnnesota??!!??!???!??!!!?

Is your state overwhelmed with disappointing Senate picks?? Al Franken? Seriously? That’s all you got? Eff Me.

Thunderstorm129 on June 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Send in the clowns Where are the clowns…

William Amos on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

“…don’t bother, they’re here.”

aquaviva on June 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Yep, I’m jumping on this band wagon. I’ll be cheering on the Democrat party to gopherital. Go for the gusto.

Hope, baby! CHANGE. I want some pie!

Gimme stuff. More stuff. Health care, card check, union work rules, wages paid union scale with kickbacks to the organizer.

I want it all…..and I want it NOW!

Skandia Recluse on June 30, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Minnesotans, please, have you no self respect? Are you all truly wanting this big lipped clown representing you? I am disgusted and will never root for Tubby Smith again!

hip shot on June 30, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Tammy Bruce has a photo that really captures the new Senator.

tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Was it especially cold in MN on election day? Were there frozen brains wandering the streets or was it just election fraud because, I can’t figure who in their right mind would vote for this guy?

boomer on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Props to Allapundit on the Caligula reference. I have heard quite a few good rips on this whole fiasco but that may have been the best.

msmveritas on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

.minnesota.muslims.wrestlers.comedians.

redrock on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

We’re all Bozos on this bus.

Del Dolemonte on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Well yeah, Franken is gracious NOW.

Oh, that B-grade actor we elected as President was a state governor before that; don’t be grouping the carpet-bagger, rape-joker Franken with Ronald.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Minnesota, come on! Jesse Ventura and Al Franken?!

Thank goodness for a classy conservative like Michele Bachmann.

jencab on June 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM

The left are DESTROYING my country.

katy on June 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Tammy Bruce has a photo that really captures the new Senator.

tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

LOL!!!!

jencab on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Looks like *blogger* has been reading Manly’s Republic

Date stamp, homey.

redrock on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Oooooo…I like the little pic of Tammy with the piece in her hand. Yessss, women with guns, me likee.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Tammy Bruce has a photo that really captures the new Senator.

tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

LOL! I had to look closely cause at first glance it looked like Barney Frank.

sherry on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

The Al Franken decade begins

Now that I’ve actually thought about that I think my brain is hemoraging.

boomer on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

7 secs into the video his hand disappears from Frannie’s shoulder. I can only imagine that it his hand reappeared on Frannie’s Fanny… that might explain the goosed look on her face at that moment.

CynicalOptimist on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The Epic Failure of the GOP is now complete.

Why does this party exist anymore?

Coleman ran as “nice Republican’, pulled his negative ads and basically ran a “please don’t hate me, but find it in your heart to vote for me” campaign.

Stupid.

Hey Republicans, the Left hates you. They will do anything to beat you, destroy you and crush you.

You are worse than fools.

Senator Al Franken.

Let that sink in, you gutless shitheads.

I can’t stand it anymore.

I need to go puke.

Bruno Strozek on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

we will get everything we deserve.

rob verdi on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 PM

May God have mercy on us . . .

Special K on June 30, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Two diametrically opposed sentiments. Yet, either one applies.

keep the change on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

HAMLET (3.4.63-73)
Look here, upon this picture, and on this,
The … counterfeit presentment of two brothers.
This was your Minnesota.

portlandon on June 30, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Look on the bright side, Minnesotans, y’all get to contact your new senator and tell him whether he’s good enough, smart enough, and whether you doggone like him!

Christien on June 30, 2009 at 6:52 PM

“B-movie actors president”
How dare you compare this sleaze bag to Reagan.

RobCon on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

The Al Franken decade begins

I’m not going to watch the video, it will just make me want to hurl and with all the hurling I’ve done since Obambi has been elected all I have left to wretch is Franken bile!

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Does this make Norm Coleman the biggest loser ever?

Can’t get much worse than losing to an inexperienced has-been comic filled with hate.

fogw on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Yessss, women with guns, me likee.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I just wish she had held it properly!!

Finger OFF the trigger!

tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

I’m curious. Have you ever asked anyone in Minn why they voted for Franken and could they give you any kind of intelligent answer?

sherry on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Hey Minnesota
I hope you all freeze your Frankens off this winter.

RobCon on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Send in the clowns Where are the clowns…

William Amos on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM
“…don’t bother, they’re here.”

aquaviva on June 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Carter days really have returned. I was 10 in 79 and I remember singing that song for a 4H music contest. I wonder now if the music director chose it because that is how she felt politically about Carter.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

He’s married? To a woman? Huh. I honestly thought he was gay. I’m not trying to be insulting — there’s plenty of real stuff to insult him about. But he totally sets off my gaydar.

aero on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

God, when I think about the character, wisdom and bravery of our founding fathers I am sick in my stomach to think how low we have fallen in such a short time…

Just sad and sickened…

sign

katy on June 30, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Geez, an insane clown is a US Senator.

SteveMG on June 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I guess we can officially refer to Senate Democrats as the “Insane Klown Posse” now. Minnesota, homeworld of Harry Blackmun, Jesse Ventura, and Al Franken. Glad I left.

Fallen Sparrow on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

The 60th vote.

Ugh!!!!!

2010 can’t come soon enough…..

cmsinaz on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Democrats, enjoy your loose cannon.

RobCon on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

The third party candidate took the votes from Coleman. That and Franken was able to connect Coleman with Bush.

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

And himself with ACORN.

Fallen Sparrow on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Thomas Jefferson is in his grave, spinning like a top.

Dr. Manhattan on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Well, I hope the media chooses Franken regularly to be the face of the Democrat Party. That should help us a lot in 2010 and beyond.

aero on June 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I guess his wife will be named Czar over the White House Lewinskies.

Rick007 on June 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Yes I agree Acorn certainly had a hand in the “vote”.

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Thus completing the dumbing down of America.

fogw on June 30, 2009 at 6:59 PM

The only silver lining I see is that the (D)s can’t point fingers and whine any longer….they own this congress lock, stock, and barrel….

cmsinaz on June 30, 2009 at 6:59 PM

On the bright side, this whole mess now belongs to the Democrats.

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Thomas Jefferson is in his grave, spinning like a top.

Dr. Manhattan on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

And Bill O’Reilly’s head just exploded. Details at 10.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Thomas Jefferson is in his grave, spinning like a top.

Dr. Manhattan on June 30, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Sideways

CynicalOptimist on June 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

We should start a pool on how long it takes for him to flip out. Could be fun.

Cindy Munford on June 30, 2009 at 7:01 PM

I’m curious. Have you ever asked anyone in Minn why they voted for Franken and could they give you any kind of intelligent answer?
sherry on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

You would be surprised. I have good friends (a married couple) who lean more libertarian than anything, but she voted Franken because of being against the Iraq war. He couldn’t vote because he is Canadian but professed that Coleman seemed too “slick” and “politicky”.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

From what I have heard about him, a melt down shouldn’t take too long. The Republicans should do all they can to see if they can make him freak out.

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Don’t blame Minnesota voters, guys. I find it hard to believe that they are THIS idiotic. Most of them didn’t really vote for Franken. Blame whoever fabricated the ballots that turned up in someone’s trunk after the election. Blame the dead people who voted, many more than once. Blame ACORN. I see election rigging almost as blatant as Iran’s here. They were just smart enough to make the margin of victory very narrow instead of greater than the voting population of the state.

aero on June 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM

What’s the over/under on when he takes a swing at someone on the Senate floor?

I say 30 days.

Kensington on June 30, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Finger OFF the trigger!
tru2tx on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

What? Guns no workee without finger on the triggee (why am I talking like a Chinee coolee?).

It shows possible intent, as if Tammy will suddenly blow your head off if you say something she disagrees with; this nation could use more such glowering, especially towards government.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Maybe you guys should let Al actual work before making all the clown jokes. He might be a great Senator. It would be great to let go a bit of the prejudging pedal.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

convicted tax evader…..oh wait, maybe there is a Cabinet Opening for him too! He is VERY qualified for that…maybe Doogie will retire and he can step in….he evaded even more than Doogie did…..

INMATES NOW RUNNING THE ASYLUM!!!!!!!!

SDarchitect on June 30, 2009 at 7:07 PM

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

“Next on Cspan2, Senator Franken has a nervous break down in the senate chambers.”

boomer on June 30, 2009 at 7:07 PM

The Republicans need to give Franken a wedgee and toss him down the Capitol stairs.

izoneguy on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Maybe you guys should let Al actual work before making all the clown jokes. He might be a great Senator. It would be great to let go a bit of the prejudging pedal.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

TROLL ALERT!!!

Knucklehead on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Dude, you made milk go up my nose.

boomer on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

In case anyone doesn’t know, this is a seriously weird person. He maintains a Nixon bathroom in his home filled with Nixon paraphernalia. He hates Nixon. Even now.

Imagine that. Who in the right mind would turn precious home space into a shrine for a person they hate?

Kensington on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Cap & Trade and Healthcare will now be passed!

xler8bmw on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

He was one of the ( ) performers of all time on SNL. I’d rank him right behind that one guy…you know, the one who did the thing or said whatever it was…or was that some other guy?…

whitetop on June 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Well, look at it this way. When Tom DeLay was booted out by the Republicans for various and sundry things (all since thrown out of court for agressive silliness) We got saddled with a Democrat for some strange reason. Anyway, one term later we came to our senses and put a Republican back in.

Wait. I’ve just been informed that Minnesota isn’t Texas.

Hm. Good luck up there.

rihar on June 30, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Kensington on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Who would want to…um…concentrate in a place like that?

boomer on June 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM

What a day to return to reality. Franken is the 60th vote, well, if you count all the rinos, the 64th to be exact….
I’ll take that bet on Franken wigging out. Cspan might actually get more interesting…..Gov’t SNL.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM

About the 60th vote, they would have to wheel Byrd and Kennedy if for that. I know, they would!

sandee on June 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Can Jason Mattera do a decent Minnesota accent?

Christien on June 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Gov’t SNL.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 7:10 PM

LOL

cmsinaz on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Another joker in congress.

Johan Klaus on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Now the Pawlenty isn’t running for re-election maybe Minnesotans will elect Bozo the Clown.

THE CHOSEN ONE on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

The Al Franken decade begins

Well, six years.

*Sob*

BacaDog on June 30, 2009 at 7:13 PM

TROLL ALERT!!!

Knucklehead on June 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM

It’s trolling to ask people to give Al a chance? (especially with respect to the clown/fighting jokes — not if he will or won’t be a liberal — that I get)

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:13 PM

He couldn’t vote because he is Canadian but professed that Coleman seemed too “slick” and “politicky”.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Ah, let me guess. He would have voted for Obama because he’s the “real thing”. I just can’t see people voting against Coleman when the alternative is a circus sideshow.

sherry on June 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM

As I said on the other thread, “The Clown Congress is complete.”

So what’s with all the Minnesota bashing? From where I sit (St. Paul), 50.01% of us were right (Coleman up by over 270 votes at the end of the election). There’s more than one clown in the Senate, who put the rest of them in?

2ipa on June 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Hey Minnesota
I hope you all freeze your Frankens off this winter.

RobCon on June 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Knowing that temperatures have been going down lately… There’s going to be a brand-new Little Ice Age!

newton on June 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Now the Pawlenty isn’t running for re-election maybe Minnesotans will elect Bozo the Clown.

THE CHOSEN ONE on June 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM

They already did that. His name is Jesse Ventura.

NathanG on June 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM

OMG!

It’s Senator FRANKENSTEIN!

Conservaboomer on June 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM

“There’s more than one clown in the Senate, who put the rest of them in?”

Being from the state of maria cantwell and patty murray I say, kudos to you sir!

WitchDoctor on June 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Maybe you guys should let Al actual work before making all the clown jokes. He might be a great Senator. It would be great to let go a bit of the prejudging pedal.

mycowardice on June 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Um, I’m sorry, but how in the Good Lord’s Name can anyone take this guy seriously?? Really. REALLY.

pullingmyhairout on June 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Well, six years.

*Sob*

BacaDog on June 30, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Well, 5.5 years.

3.5 years left for Ogabe!

Kensington on June 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Senator SNL

Christien on June 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

I would keep an eye on Arlen Specter, who in a sense is the 60th vote. He may still be burned over Reid’s failing to keep the promise that Arlen would have all his seniority. When the Sotomayor hearings start, Arlen will be down at the end of the table, asking questions after the media have filed their reports for the day. (If he’d stayed with the GOP, he’d get to lead the GOP side of the hearings, but Arlen has only himself to blame for that.)

Arlen has been endorsed by the DNC and by the PA Dems, but he is facing Sestak in the primary (so Arlen has to run to the right a bit), and then Toomey in the general (at which time Arlen has to tack left a little).

Arlen will be 80, and may just wonder if it’s worth it all, or if he might go down in defeat, which is not the way he wanted to end his career. Perhaps he’d rather go out settling a few scores, and then a well-timed announcement of planned retirement at the end of his term.

Just a bit of speculation.

Wethal on June 30, 2009 at 7:18 PM

This, too, shall pass.

I lived in Chicago when Carol Moseley Braun was elected to the Senate, and I thought those six years would never end.

Now, it’s been ten years since she fouled the place.

Kensington on June 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM

So many things have happened in so little time that this hardly phases me. America, you have my condolences.

Bishop on June 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Women with guns huh? Whatever floats your boat champ.

FontanaConservative on June 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Minnesota, homeworld of Harry Blackmun, Jesse Ventura, and Al Franken. Glad I left.

Fallen Sparrow on June 30, 2009 at 6:56 PM

I’m close to leaving myself. It’s cloudy and cold in June, almost July. They twin cities are boring and the place is a high tax hell. People can’t drive, and there’s no such things as Minnesota nice. If I’m paying high taxes, I’d rather live in NYC or Cali.

IR-MN on June 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Jesse Ventura and Al Franken, ouch. I think Ed should stop running those “hey up here in Minnesota” posts. Embarrassing.

THE CHOSEN ONE on June 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

You can’t deny one thing: He’s a very creative man. He mobilized voters that didn’t even exist for this march to victory.

Dork B. on June 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

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