Ever since the people of Minnesota elected Al Franken their U.S. senator, there's been a hole in my comedic heart. The good Senator doesn't keep counsel with me, but I've discerned that he's made a personal vow to never again offer a hint of his former incarnation as one of the nation's most hilarious comedians and sketch comedy artists.
In other words, he has adopted a serious mien, a gravitas befitting his membership in that elite conclave of the 100. So far as I can tell, he hasn't said anything really funny since before July 7, 2009 (when he took his senatorial oath before Vice President Joe Biden), and has rarely even mentioned the word "comedy" (except when offering a eulogy to his former writing partner, Tom Davis).
But since last Thursday, I have been consoled, although not comedically. That's when I was reminded of his famous role on Saturday Night Live as the "caring nurturer" and "member of several 12-step programs," Stuart Smalley.
I thought then of Stuart's famous tag line, and tweaked it because of what Sen. Franklin did. He clearly showed that he's still more than "good enough . . . [and] smart enough," and that "doggone it [immigration reform advocates really] like [him]."
While nonetheless sticking to his vow of steadfast unfunniness, he persuaded his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt by voice vote an amendment (Franken 4) to the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill, S. 744. If CIR is enacted with ...