Al Franken for U.S. Senate


For those of you who have been pondering my twisted sense of humor, the culprit is Saturday Night Live and by extension-Al Franken.  Being closer to forty than thirty, I was heavily influenced by the humor perfected on Saturday Night Live.  It’s groundbreaking sketch comedy pushed boundaries like nobody else before.  Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Al Franken, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Eddie Murphy, and Garrett Morris are among my favorite people.   Before ten years old, I understood their humor.  From the political satire to the sexual innuendo, I soaked it all in.   It, along with SCTV, Fridays, MadTV, and In Living Color form the basis of my humor.  

Today comes news of Al Franken, commedian, writer, and Air America radio personality jumping into the race for Paul Wellstone’s Senate seat currently being held by corporate whore Norm Coleman.    Coleman, the former Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota is a New York bred,craven opportunist whose politics steadily moved from establishment Democrat to establishment Republican.   Recruited to run for the Senate by Dick Cheney, he was on a trajectory to lose that race before Paul Wellstone’s fatal plane crash in October 2002 that changed the face of Minnesota politics. 

I remember the shock and anguish I personally felt when the words ran across the monitor that announced the Senator’s death along with his wife, daughter, and campaign staff.  His death marked a turning point for progressive politics in Minnesota and the depth of feeling expressed by mourners at his memorial service was seized upon by the right-wing in a propaganda campaign of distortion to energize the right. 

Al Franken’s candidacy is a breath of fresh air and break from the politics of cookie cutter DLC automatons breathlessly mouthing the curative powers of the free market and incremental policy wonkism.  Al believes in something and its progressive.  The bottom-line for me though is his relentless lampooning of Fox News blowhard Bill O’Reilly.  He reveals O’Reilly as the pompous liar that he is and that is more than enough for a Skeptical Brotha endorsement. 


11 thoughts on “Al Franken for U.S. Senate

  1. renee

    Is it me or are we the only two people in the world that remember “Fridays”? 🙂 Anyway, how about Coleman running for mayor on the Dem ticket and after he won the election switched camps???

  2. renee

    I meant to add that his reward may be seeing in political future go down in flames because we Dems here in MN have not forgotten.

  3. Renee,

    Yes, we must be the only two, baby. Fridays was funny as hell. The dude who did the Reagan impersonation was the best in the business. Like I said, hon. Coleman is a corporate whore and hopefully Franken will clean his clock after defeating primary opponent in Mike Ciresi.

  4. Dan Ackroyd did the best Nixon ever…he was even more Nixon than Nixon was. My favorite one was when he played Nixon, Belushi was Kissenger and Broderick Crawford was J. Edger Hoover. What a classic. No disrespect to Eddie Murphy but that show hasn’t been funny in almost 30 years now.

    Norm Coleman sucks and I hope he gets tossed. I had a feeling those —–s were gonna bump off Wellstone at some point and sure enough…

  5. Ernesto,

    They only person who ever did Nixon better than Ackroyd was Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins practically channeled him so effectively it was downright spooky. You’re also correct that SNL ain’t been funny in years.

  6. rikyrah

    I’m going to send Al some money, and wish I could vote for him, because he’s smart and funny – which hopefully will be a lethal combination during the debates.

  7. SiropMiel

    Al Franken is gatekeeper of the left, his Air America show is horrible and I’m surprised at the Skeptical Brother endorsement.


  8. nowness

    I’m a few months late to this thread, but I’m glad to see the SB’s endorsement of Al. I’m a Minnesotan, so I’m eagerly awaiting the day when Al Franken kicks Coleman’s bush-lickin’ butt right the hell outta here.

    I’m also old enough to remember the good old days of SNL. Back then I wouldn’t miss a minute of it. Now, you couldn’t pay me to watch it.

  9. Who drugged him into believing he could be in poltics??? After making fun of everybody in government, now he puts on a sober face and thinks everybody will forget it. Well, forget him! He is losing everything in the process. He can’t really go back and make a living being funny again unless he has plastic surgery and changes his name.

  10. Civil Disobedience

    Mr. King, I would have to say I agree with you. And Wellstone’s not the only one either.

    Regarding Al Franken, he’s definitely a left gatekeeper, a discourse channeler. He backs the official myth of 9/11 and doesn’t support a new (read: REAL, INDEPENDENT) investigation into 9/11, he’s satisfied with the whitewash tissue of lies and impossibilities called the 9/11 Commission Report. He doesn’t have a question about the uppermost portion of skyscrapers being able to crash into and THROUGH the remaining vast majority of said buildings as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, meaning that something (i.e. explosives) had to have reduced the solid majority of building to a state of offering no more resistance than air. Has Franken never thought of this? Or is he a gatekeeper? He’s definitely a gatekeeper. They strive to keep the discussion within “safe” parameters for the establishment, steering genuine leftists away from information most damaging to their puppetmasters. The establishment tries to control both sides of the debate on matters, by having its own fascist mouthpieces that spout Republican talking points like Hannity, Buchanan, Limbaugh ad nauseum as well as having phony “leftist” blogs to pretend to be leftist but on the most important matters they back the official line, they jump when the bastards crank up the fake “terror alert level”, they wring their hands when the right-wing mouthpieces rattle sabres with Iran, they spout the same bullshit that the Cheney regime does about the “war on terror” being so, so important and a genuine fight against “terrorists” wheras anyone who took an afternoon to look into it on the internet, with a search engine and a wall map they could figure out in very short order that the so-called “war on terror” is nothing more than a thinly-disguised war for as much control as possible over as much of the world’s (remaining) oil and natural gas resources. That’s it. It’s an energy dominance war. We have to face it that 1.oil is finite, and 2.most of it appears to have already been discovered and used and as we get to having less and less of it the price of it is going to go up more and more. So it only stands to reason that the country that sees itself as being the most powerful in the world would try to secure control over as much of it that remains as they can, along with its few and dwindling number of lapdog quisling governments like Britain and Australia and Poland. Most Americans would not have gone along with an invasion of Afghanistan to be able to build a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and a LNG port; but most of them eagerly backed the invasion of Afghanistan after the 9/11 false flag operation.

    Iraq, well that was inferred and said outright by the Cheneyites to be involved in 9/11 which is of course crap because 9/11 was a self-inflicted operation, but nevertheless they tried to use 9/11 as a pretext to launch another unprovoked war of aggression against a country, and everyone can see the importance of Iraq’s oil reserves in that equation, it doesn’t need to be elaborated.

    Then don’t forget the Philippines theatre of the “war on terror”, the battling against a handful of (US & Fil.Army-backed) “Abu Sayyaf” guerrillas on Jolo and Basilan islands. Guess where the Philippines’ oil reserves are? Yep, Jolo and Basilan islands. Note also the island of Palawan with its position adjacent to the South Spratley islands and Paracel islands, very oil-rich area.

    And of course Somalia, sitting on an undetermined but considered large amount of untapped oil and natural gas reserves; the U.S. gave air support and some intel. information to the Ethiopian Army and goaded them into invading Somalia to overthrow the Islamic Courts government and emplace their puppet government in Mogadishu to get those oil and gas exploration concessions signed.

    Then “Operation Enduring Freedom – Pankisi Gorge” taking place in former-Soviet Georgia where the U.S. has sent several hundred Green Berets to help train Georgia’s army in counterinsurgency, considering the breakaway South Ossetia region, and guarding the vital oil pipeline that runs from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey and a port, called the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline, another way to get oil out of some of the Caspian basin without going through Russia.

    So that’s the “war on terror”, a war for energy dominance at a time when the U.S. is becoming more and more dependent than ever on foreign-produced oil as America’s great oil fields run dry. It’s part of the plan for what they thought would be perpetual American world dominance of the post-Cold War era, but by their spectacular failure they thankfully are making a multi-polar world more likely by the day.

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