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August 6, 2010 10:15 AM

McConnell to Franken: "This Isn't SNL"

(Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Just before Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was confirmed yesterday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was making his case against her -- a case Democratic Sen. Al Franken seemed to find quite comical.

According to the Associated Press, Franken, who was presiding over the Senate at the time, whispered and made wild gestures as the minority leader laid out his argument.

It was distracting enough that McConnell approached Franken afterward to say, "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al."

Franken, a former comedian who used to work on the late-night comedy show, immediately went to McConnell's office following Kagan's confirmation in an attempt to apologize, but McConnell wasn't there. According to the AP, Franken delivered a handwritten apology instead, and issued a statement saying McConnell had a right "to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully."

This wasn't the first dust up Franken has had with another senator while serving as the Senate's presiding officer. Last year, he was chided for cutting off Sen. Joe Lieberman's comments during the health care debate.

Franken's past experience on SNL is unusual for a senator, but he has tried to tone down his comedic inclinations in Congress.

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by kahrc August 8, 2010 12:23 PM EDT
How does this IDIOT get to "preside" over the Senate??
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by starleo146 August 8, 2010 2:30 PM EDT
The same way Michelle Bachmann resides over in the House a downright lunatic
by 1renegade August 8, 2010 9:40 AM EDT
Many of these Senators should live by this motto: "It is better to let people think you are ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt"
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by rockcutr August 8, 2010 9:01 AM EDT
MitchMac might be a bit less tongue in cheek when trying to be seriously cutting down those he deems lesser humans. It sounds like he is a tripple dry martini where the humor is assumed and needless to express. Dishing it out without rebuttal is the arrogance of sen. MMac. Who could be a little less thin skinned. But, when spewing absurd notions it is really hard to be taken seriously with a mug like that. 4" risers in his shoes are a dead giveaway to his insecurity. Mitchie might be a little kinder to the junior sen from Mn. He may be Pelosis replacement. Then it is game on. Al can stand toe to toe with any scholar or political rant and win. So, go ahead and underestimate Al all ya want. Be very very careful whom you choose to tromp on or scutenize.
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by Jassco72 August 8, 2010 6:44 PM EDT
I see... So, SENATOR Franken may take over as Speaker of the HOUSE. Ignorant much? Refer to the Twain quote in the post above.
by retm-w August 9, 2010 1:38 PM EDT
You better go back to civics class.
by kookfringe August 7, 2010 11:20 PM EDT
Liberalism is a mental disorder!The U.S.political system is going to hell,how could we get franken and obama at the same time.
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by pasmalltown August 9, 2010 1:38 PM EDT
So "baby killer" is O.K. with you? Both sides need to "get serious" - and you are confusing "mental disorder" with a sense of humor....and at least Franken whispered, and didn't shout "you lie".................Both Franken's response and those from the "right" are unacceptable, yet in true "FOX fashion" you show just one side of the real story which leads one to believe you are the "unbalanced" one.....
by OldGrouch46 August 7, 2010 10:34 PM EDT
Did Franken ever pass 5th grade?
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by ocinmn65 August 7, 2010 7:08 PM EDT
Interesting how polarized our politics has become. This is an issue of simple good manners and civility. Breathes there not a liberal in the land who can say, "I agree with Franken's positions on the issues, but his immature behavior in this case was an embarrassment."
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by b1bob August 7, 2010 7:39 PM EDT
I neither agree with Al Frankens position or his recent behavior.

Neither do I agree with the legacy of GOP lack of civility and arrogance, viz. Bob Dordan, Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Dick Cheney, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robinson (just kidding, those last 2 were just RICO (republicans in the closet only!, they were just "christian").

I assume you must have been waiting in line to chastise this legacy list of virtuous civil gop partisans.
by b1bob August 7, 2010 8:12 PM EDT
I'm still breathing... Is there NOT a reply?
by ckurtz2010 August 7, 2010 7:06 PM EDT
Unfortunately, the entire Congress is a joke these days, not just Al Franken. These idiots are destroying this country!
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by flatspots479 August 7, 2010 4:36 PM EDT
Al Franken needs to be ousted. He's probably just really happy about prop 8 in Ca.
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by rickstas August 7, 2010 4:54 PM EDT
No, McConnel needs to be ousted.
by wfw3536 August 7, 2010 2:07 PM EDT
Franken is a joke and should be ashamed of himself. I guess he forgot he is a US senator. The poor folks in Mn will have to put up with this guy for 5 more years. How sad.
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by rickstas August 7, 2010 4:52 PM EDT
That should be no problem after putting up with Norm Coleman.
by p_syrus August 6, 2010 6:25 PM EDT
Franken's past experience on SNL is unusual for a senator, but he has tried to tone down his comedic inclinations in Congress.


I have great empathy for Al. Given the ludicrous character of senate republicans and the farcical nature of washington politics it must be quite difficult to avoid a public display of "dignity".

Hell, the term "dignity" is itself risible in any form of association with the modern leadership of the republican party.
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by flatspots479 August 7, 2010 4:43 PM EDT
It's your democrats under senate charges of corruption.Al Franken is a gay democrat like Franks, another gay democrat. This is your liberal leadership. If you want to call that mess leadership. Look at the mess things are in. Pot calling the kettle black. Kettles are, black.
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