‘This Is Not Saturday Night Live, Al’

From the moment that Al Franken was sworn in as a United States senator, I thought, “What a sad day for America.”

First of all, Mr. Franken used every illegal means possible to steal the Minnesota election from Norm Coleman. I knew from the start that Al Franken does not belong in the historic halls of the US Senate.

My opinion is not based on the fact that Al Franken was a cast member of the popular NBC show, ‘Saturday Night Live’, but rather, on the fact that Franken does not have the character and deportment to hold the office of US senator.

Sen. Al Franken's old character, Stuart Smalley on SNL

That was proven yesterday very clearly by Franken’s inappropriate and undignified behavior during Senator Mitch McConnell’s remarks on the floor of the Senate on the confirmation of Eleana Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

While McConnell was speaking, Franken made faces and rolled his eyes in full view of others to suggest that he was bored with McConnell’s statement.

After learning what had happened, McConnell walked to the dais and confronted Franken, who was presiding over the proceedings at the time, and rebuked Franken in full view of everyone.

McConnell was heard telling Franken, “This is not Saturday Night Live, Al.”

Good job, Senator McConnell!  That was long overdue.

Read the story here: McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais

posted by rightthingtodo on August 8, 2010


Franken apologizes for irritating GOP leader McConnell

Associated Press
08/05/2010 08:28:16 PM CDT

WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken has apologized for being rude to Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate’s top Republican was winding up a solemn debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Franken was presiding over the Senate as McConnell explained his opposition to the nominee. A Senate GOP aide said Franken made theatrical gestures and whispered under his breath as McConnell spoke. It was distracting enough that McConnell went up to the former comedian afterward and said, “This isn’t ‘Saturday Night Live’, Al.”

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Franken later went to McConnell’s office to try to apologize. McConnell wasn’t there, so Franken delivered a handwritten apology.


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