TLP: Apparently, It's Somehow Still About "Me, Al Franken"
The thing about Al Franken and "Saturday Night Live" is that he never really caught on as a performer. His writing and producing won him a handful of Emmys, and he handled "Weekend Update" pretty well. But, come on, Stuart Smalley? That interminable bit when he had the satellite dish on his head?
Seems his performing skills aren't winning many fans in the U.S. Senate, either.
Senator Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat and former comedian, has kept his irrepressible side pretty well repressed since entering Congress last year. But he failed Thursday.Even now, Franken still does better when he writes.
While presiding over the rather serious closing debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, Mr. Franken was evidently not pleased with the tough critique of Ms. Kagan being offered by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader.
Officials say that aides on the Senate floor – as well as Mr. McConnell – noted that Mr. Franken was murmuring under his breath, fidgeting in the presiding officer’s chair and even turning the chair completely around. It proved distracting to Mr. McConnell, who thought Ms. Kagan’s nomination was no joke.
Aides said that after finishing his remarks, Mr. McConnell approached the freshman senator and testily remarked, “This isn’t Saturday Night Live, Al.”
Mr. Franken later delivered a handwritten apology to Mr. McConnell’s office and issued a statement to news outlets saying that Mr. McConnell was “entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully.”