May 8th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Comedian determining balance of power Senate?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Minnesota still hasn't decided the outcome of its Senate race more than six months since Election Day, and the stakes are higher than ever. With the defection of Arlen Specter from the Republican Party, Minnesota's race takes on a whole new meaning.

Franken with Cirque du Soleil performers during a 2003 appearance on 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno.

If Al Franken wins, he'll become the 60th Democratic senator and the party will have a filibuster-proof majority. This would likely help President Obama get through his upcoming Supreme Court nominee along with big initiatives like health care.

Vice President Joe Biden met with Franken this week and said the administration looks forward to working with him once Minnesota's Supreme Court issues its final ruling. That's where the race is now tied up.

A three-judge panel ruled Franken is the winner, but Norm Coleman won't go away. He has asked for a recount of at least 1,300 ballots. Coleman is trailing Franken by 312 votes. Coleman's appeal could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court; even though some in the Republican Party concede it's not looking good for him.

By all accounts, it seems likely that Al Franken - a former comedian who appeared on Saturday Night Live and a former liberal radio host - will win. One Democratic consultant and a friend of Franken says it's ironic for a comedian to carry so much power, but "Franken is certainly comfortable with irony."

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that a comedian will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steven from New Jersey writes:
If he were just a comedian, I'd be worried. However, if you have read his books on politics and life in the U.S., you would find that he has a good handle on what the problems of this nation are and what needs to be done to fix them. Behind all the jokes is a smart man.

Chris from New York writes:
Well, Jack, I believe we need people from all walks of life in Congress. Too bad it doesn't happen much! Also, most great comedians are pretty smart, so it's not a bad thing. Jim Carey, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Will Farrell, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres… they're all thinking folks.

Arlene from Roselle, Illinois writes:
I always thought of the Congress as the Ringling Brothers of Washington, only without the funny noses.

Lisa from Shelton, Connecticut writes:
It means Franken will have intimate access to far better material than ever before.

Stan from California writes:
Hi Jack. It's fine with me since 99% of comedians such as Jay Leno, Bill Maher and Jon Stewart are far more intelligent than 99% of the politicians. Palin is a governor, need I say more?

Pat writes:
Don't forget: he's a Harvard-educated comedian, with a long-standing interest in politics!

Billy writes:
Jack, The Republican clowns didn't do so well, so let's try a Democratic comedian.

Michael from Arlington, Virginia writes:
Jack, I would take a comedian over the jokers and thieves we have on Capitol Hill right now. It's time to fire all the appeal lawyers and give Minnesota their Senator.

Sylvain writes:
That's great: a body builder, a wrestler and now a comedian in office. All we need now is a grumpy, bald TV show host.

Filed under: Al Franken
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    It makes me smile!

    Minnesota picked the right clown. I can't wait to see a parody of him on Saturday Night Live...... Life imitating Art imitating Life?

    May 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  2. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    In light of a number of things said and done by our current senators recently, especially our Republican friends, a comedian will fit right in and hit the ground running on day one.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  3. Simpliticus

    I do not think that it was a comedic effort om the part of Franken to have won his rights to sit in the US Senate. In fact, at times, the other 99 senators could be construed as comedians as well! It is a serious venture, despite your internal assessments !

    May 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm |

    It will be better for Frankin to be a Senator, than the bad Joke that we had for President for eight years. Let Frankin in, he has the most votes. More Republican B.S.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  5. Thomas Minehart


    It means its not funny.


    May 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  6. Col. Michael McDowell, USA

    With all the ridiculous clowns that currently reside in Congress, a comedian of Al Franken's stature would be a fresh and novel approach and fun to watch on C-Span. Instead of having to listen to Bozos under the Big Top of both parties spout their record of malfeasance and bribery, Al Franken could roast and toast each member of Congress with jocularity and wisecracks to packed households on cable each night. Of course, Al will have to get used to playing to near empty chambers instead of the nightly packed auditoriums of years past.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  7. mack from michigan

    I tell ya Jack comedians dont get no respect, no respect at all! Comedians like Robin Williams, George Carlin, and Jay Leno have demonstrated intellect, insight, and compassion while making us laugh with their jabs at the human condition. Mr. Franken's sarcastic wit may serve him well in the senate if he uses it as a foil, to the pompous, self-serving doublespeak that oozes from the place now! It could be worse Jack, he could be another lawyer or another recycled, good ole boy, party lap-dog.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  8. Melissa

    That someone is blowing hot air and nothing more.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  9. John in Virginia

    Well, we will at least be laughing all the way to the gulags and re-education camps.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  10. Jackie in Dallas

    That politics will finally reflect reality?

    But I think it unfair to label Al Franken as just a comedian. He attended Harvard College and graduated cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. That's not a bad educational background for either a politician or a comedian!

    May 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  11. vern-anaheim,ca

    why not ,he'll be there with the rest of thecomedians.sen coleman is a cry baby he cannot accept defeat.i heard he was one of the lowest rated senators in the senate.it will be good to have the democrats be able to prevent any republican filibusters

    May 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  12. don (in naples, florida)

    Franken is a joke. And i don't mean that in a comedic way. I think his candidacy is a farce and degrades the political office. But on the flip side, the republicans need to use franken as an example, they need a celebrity type figure if they want to regain power in the white house in the next 4 years. somebody more famous and well known than franken, but with a huge celebrity status.

    May 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  13. Conor in Chicago

    Reagan and "The Govenator". Need I say more?

    May 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  14. David Gerstenfeld

    It means he has a good chance to be President some day.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  15. Ron

    I thought electing Comedian's has been the norm.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  16. Richard, in Kansas

    Al Franken is a sharp guy, it dosn't matter what his former occupation was.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  17. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    OK this is a real Friday question. It has very little meaning. When Franken, the comedian, takes his place among the other 99 senators, I doubt that there will be any significant change in overall balance. After all, how much difference can there be between one comedian and 99 clowns or 100 clowns and no comedians?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  18. dan in Tucson AZ

    Most of Washington is a joke anyway, so whats the difference?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  19. John Martin

    Al Franken has been an activist and a democrat for years and written books on American politics. He's more than qualified and I can't wait for this silliness to be over so he can be seated.

    BTW Jack, you can be pretty funny at times too.

    John Martin
    New Orleans, LA

    May 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  20. Julianna, Biloxi, MS

    Since The Terminator is the governor of California, it means that we live in a culture in which people can re-create themselves.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  21. Mike S., New Orleans

    It means the person the people elected by a majority will tip the balance of power in the senate. Is Al Franken's background any more or less unconventional than the B movie actors who became Governors of California?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  22. Marie Ontario

    Being a comedian requires a lot more intelligence than doing many other vocations in life so there could be a lot worse types of people who will determine the balance of power.

    Right now you have a drug addict pulling all the strings of the Republican Party and forming their policies and political posturing. Personally I would take the comedian over the druggie.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  23. John Webster, Aldergrove BC Canada

    Are you serious, Jack? Right now the place is the biggest joke on the planet. How could adding a real pro to the ranks do anything but legitimize the assembly. I can’t wait to hear from Mr Franken and see the indignation from the buffoons he will be upstaging.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  24. Gerry In Toronto

    When a joker can be President for 8 years, I don't see a problem with a comedian holding balance of power in the senate.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  25. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Better a comedian than a criminal. Seriously, how many people in Washington don't belong in jail for one reason or another?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  26. Pioneer

    So far the entertainment field has delighted us with Sonny Bono, Ronald Reagan and Ben Jones, fondly know as Cooter.
    Al Frankin has some good ideas that will start to bring down the Reaganomics of the last thirty years. Time to fix the borrow and spend, attitude of the conservative movement run amok.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  27. Al, Lawrence KS

    He, and you, will have a lot of new material.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  28. Joe, Clinton Ma.

    It means he will have fun working for his people and doing the right thing for the country. What do you think it means?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  29. Libby from North Carolina

    What is the difference in a comedian in the Congress and an actor or peanut farmer in the White House? A person's livelihood shouldn't personify a person's qualifications as a politician and law maker.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  30. Daryl

    I used to believe that politics came from the two words "poly" and "ticks"...many blood sucking leeches. So, I guess if Franken gets in, that'd be appopriate...politics has always seemed to be a comedy of errors.

    Daryl, Little Rock, Arkansas

    May 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  31. Arlene-- Roselle, Illinois

    I always thought of the Congress as the Ringling Brothers
    of Washington DC only without the funny noses.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  32. Horn Lake, MS

    He can thank all those ACORN and union members not currently under indictment.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  33. Ray in Nashville

    Seems kind of fitting, doesn't it?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  34. forgottenlord

    A Comedian isn't going to determine the balance of power in the US Senate. The balance of power was decided when:
    1) American voters elected 5 new Senators with a possibility of a 6th coming
    2) American voters move (net) 13 Senate seats to the Democrats or Independent Democrats over two elections with one possibly to come
    3) Arlen Specter jumped ship

    Balance of power could easily be any of the other 59 guys who are already in there as well.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  35. Lene'

    This is surprising? It seems fitting to me. Might as well add a comedian to go with all the other clowns in our government! Everytime I read a headline I wonder if it is a joke anyway!

    May 8, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  36. Cecilia from Hamden

    What makes Al Franken different from all the others? Aren't they all comedians - some really funny and some dangerously funny.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  37. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It means he's good enough
    he's smart enough
    and gosh darn it, people like him.
    Well, just barely half of Minnesota likes him.
    But, that's enough.

    I can see it now
    Al Franken / Tina Fey 12'

    May 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  38. George, Dunedin, Florida

    Well since the Bush Administration made a laughing stock of our government the last eight years, it is about time to have something to really laugh about. Why would anyone thing that having a comic as a Senator, be any different that having Bush and Cheney representing us in government. Now that is a laughing matter, but most Americans are crying at this time from what the caused.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  39. John from Alabama

    Jack: It means that the comedian qualitified to run for the United States Senate. In addition, Al Franken, may if the courts will get off their butts become Senator Al Franken. It would help the Democrats and Presdient Obama get needed legislation enacted. I watched from 1994 until 2006 the problems Congress had and their lower than low approval rating. I think the rating is going up.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  40. Bill Davis

    It means that his term has been put off long enough. It means that even a commedian (not to mention a smart, well-informed commedian) is an improvement over an ineffective, Quayle-esque rich kid (Norm Coleman). Coleman acts like he's entitled to Franken's seat, even though his only achievement is beating a dead candidate.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    May 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  41. jim sunrise beach missouri

    Jack, With all the clowns that have been there for years do you really think anyone will notice one more?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  42. stan calif

    Hi Jack. Its fine with me, as 99 % of comedians such as Leno, Maher and Jon Stuart are far more intelligent than 99% of the pols. Palins a Governor. Need I say more.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  43. Bizz, Quarryville, PA

    Jack we can all use another laugh. I think Mr. Franken won the election and should take his seat in the senate, along with the many other comedians that don't even realize they are a comedian. Al Franken is well educated to handle the duties of a senator. I really enjoyed his book on the famous conservative radio talk show host. But I enjoyed your two books more. Have a good weekend.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  44. Ken In Pinon Hills, California

    Franken was on radio for a number of years nipping at the heals of Congress and the White House.Those in the media who watch Washington every day can't help become expert, like Wolf for instance. He probably can do better than some of those comics who already have made our Senate a big laugh. May I add, we had that joker in the White House for eight years,

    May 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  45. Paula in Albuquerque

    If you are referring to Al Franken as a "comedian", the question is moot...especially since I have NEVER found him to be, at all "funny"...

    May 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  46. Jesse form Elizabeth, NJ

    It means that the Senate will become what we all know they are. A joke!

    May 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  47. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    At least Franken was a professional comedian at one time, now he'll join the amateurs. How will that be different from having an actor be governor or president?

    May 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  48. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    A good comedian is very observant of the actions of the common people, and portrays them in a humorous light. He may be a very good Senator, able to point out the foolishness of how Congress interacts. Most of our favorite politicians have had a good sense of humor. We have lost that. Now mamy of them don't have any sense at all!

    May 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  49. Jim El Paso Tx

    It won't mean much Jack...the Senate as well as the House is nothing but a comedy of errors anyways:)

    May 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  50. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Former comedian, Jack. Franken has a lot more credibility and insight than most of the clowns in Congress. And at least give gives the opportunity to laugh with him, rather than laughing at them.

    May 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  51. Jane (Minnesota)

    Jack, Aren't there comedians in the Senate already?????? By the way they erform at times I think there are.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  52. Remo .............. Austin, Texas

    If you've read any of Al Franken's books, then you know he is an educated man and has a good knowledge of the Beltway. To say that he is a comedian is a disservice to the man.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  53. John - Houston, TX

    Better than the thieves and corrupts we got over there so far... At least He can make us laugh while we still get screwed...

    May 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  54. Terry, Chandler AZ

    He will not control the balance of power. He is just on of 60 Democrats. He just happens to be the last to take the oath. Actually the balance of power will be the centerist Democrats.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  55. Jenna Wade

    What does it mean that a comedian will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate?

    No one had a problem making an actor President why is there a problem with making an educated comedian a Senator. After all he did WIN the election.

    Why Norm Coleman is putting his ambition before the people of his state is beyond me. Guess he's just another Republican SORE LOSER.

    Roseville CA

    May 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  56. Joe CE

    determing the balance of power is an over statement. On any given issue, there may be Democratic defectors while Republicans vote as a minsless block. At any rate, Congress could use more of a sense of humor.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  57. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    We could use a new comedian in the Senate. The old ones really aren't that funny any more.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  58. maggie from Selwyn

    Being a comedian doesn't mean a person is a dolt but publicly stating that cattle flatuences create carbon dioxide and contributes to global warming sure does.

    Until Al Franken comes out with foolish statements like some of the remarks made by Republican representatives then I would have greater concern about the latter.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  59. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    It means that comedian Al Franken – Democrat from Minnesota won a Senate seat, making the Democratic caucus in the Senate a total of sixty (60) members. If everyone voted along party lines, the Democrats have the ability to push through their desired legislation, much to the chagrin of the Republican Senators.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  60. Gigi in Alabama

    I think it's payback time for the GOP. They saddled us with the biggest comedian of all time for eight years.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  61. Steven from NJ

    If he was just a comedian, I'd be worried. However, if you have read his books on politics and life in the US, you would find that he has a good handle on what the problems of this nation are and what needs to be done to fix them. Behind all the jokes is a smart man.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  62. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    It doesn't mean anything. Al Franken is a citizen. Being a comedian is just his job. Would this even be news worthy if his job were something more ordinary?

    May 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  63. Lance Schumacher

    Maybe it could mean we'll start getting some laughs instead of getting so dang angry at those incompetent idiots in Congress for the insanity they practice on a daily basis. I am sure of one thing, it couldn't possibly get any worse than it is presently!
    Lance, Ridgecrest, ca

    May 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  64. Geri - Mead, OK

    I've always heard that. comedians have a very serious side Jack. A comedian in the Senate can't make the Senate look more foolish and silly than Congress already looks. For as long as I can remember the only thing I can remember the Congress being good for is spending our money as if there was no tomorrow. What difference does it make anyway? Maybe laughing a bit more will give them a saner perspective.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  65. Cheryl

    I usually get my news from the comedy shows and my comedy from the news shows. This crossing over is tainting the comedy business.


    May 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  66. Will from San Jose

    Well it's taken the comedian pair of John Stewart and Steven Colbert to shed light on a number of truths the news media has failed to highlight. Maybe adding a comedian to the Senate will help there as well. He certainly couldn't do a worse job than the bunch that's already there.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  67. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    We had a joke in the White House for the last 8 years who posed as a President so a comedian in the Senate won't be a big deal and besides with all of the pathetic "leaders" in the Senate today starting with the Majority Leader the comic may do very well and make some good changes in that rather pitiful organization.

    May 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  68. odessa

    al franken got more sense than some of these senators.we understand that he's a comedian but he knows the issues.majority of the elected officials are lawyers,doctors,businessmen or teachers but they don't have the guts to get things pass in congress.all they know is fighting issues like kids or derailing it.i want al franken to have a chance to serve as a senator because he earned it.we have seen fred thompson on law and order,ronald reagan in movies,arnold sch in movies too so lets give franken a try.republicans are scared of him because he tell them off and get his views across in a much detail sense.why won't republicans in minnesota seat him-they are afraid of him and do anything to help coleman.coleman's time is up and franken must be seated in the senate.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  69. Sandra from Texas

    It doesn't mean anything. Al Franken made a living as a comedian. So What ! He is just as serious, and just as intelligent, and just as competant, as anyone else about real political issues.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  70. KIM, Dodge City

    Come on , Jack. Comedians are people too. Just because they are perceptive, intelligent, strong communicators and passionate about their beliefs, you can't automatically disqualify them from public service. I know that they don't fit the mold of corruptable weasels that we are used to, but maybe that would be good for a change.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  71. Daniel Indiana

    Rush Limbaugh has been doing that for how many years now? The best fix for the Republican party is to allow the Rush Limbaugh branch of their party to secede and form a new ultra-conservative party. Otherwise they are going to make themselves immaterial.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  72. Reuben Minneapolis,MN

    Our good boy is actually a satirist, not a comedian- ruby in minneapolis

    May 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  73. John A. Maloney Jr.

    So what if Al Franken is a comedian he is also a well informed intelligent human being. This is far better than being a puppet for big business. After all we had cheer leader for president and look how well that turned out. John' St. Mary’s Pa.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  74. Scott - Dallas, TX

    It means just about anyone can aspire to public office. I wish George Carlin had been president, and Jon Stewart would make a fine leader. So why not Al Franken? Actually, I wish we had more comedians in public office and less lawyers.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  75. Peg, Carrollton, TX

    Dear Jack,

    I am not sure we Americans will notice one more comedian in the Senate after listening to recent comments from some of our already seated senators.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  76. Chris, NYC

    Well Jack I believe we need people from all walks of life in congress... Too bad it doesn't happen much!! Also most great comedians are pretty smart, so it's not bad thing......
    Jim Carey, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Will Farrell, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres...... All thinking folks......

    May 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  77. Jim from Chicago

    First, Al Franken has already won three times. Norm Coleman is just trying to stall the inevitable for a little longer.

    Secondly, we already had a President for eight years who somehow viewed himself as the modern day Will Rogers. Trouble is, George W. dished out an excess of folksiness and no common sense and his decisions weren't at all funny. Al Franken will be a breath of fresh air in the stables of Washington that badly need airing-out.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  78. Samuel

    Sure Franken is going to win. It doesn't make any difference what he used to do – he's Jewish. For some reason, the idiot voters in this country seem to feel that Jews are the only people who can govern us, when in fact they are taking over here so that they can "protect" Israel. Too bad Mel Gibson isn't running for office – I'd vote for him.

    May 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  79. Bill from Maine


    I think it's just the luck of the dice that a comedian will determine the balance of power. It could just have easily been a professional politician. Al Franken might have been a businessman, minister, doctor, or anything else for that matter. The fact that he's a comedian doesn't mean he's not intelligent or capable of doing the job. In fact, it may mean he'll bring a little healthy perspective to it and I say, the sooner, the better.


    May 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  80. Billy in Las Vegas

    it's a natural to have a comedian as a US Senator because the whole lobbyist paid for crew, both Republicans AND Democrates, is a BAD JOKE on the American people.

    at least Al Franken is NOT an incumbent. those are the REALLY bad jokes in both the House and Senate.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  81. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Nothing! He has been elected as a representative of all the people and not elected as a comedian representing other comedians!:>)

    May 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  82. Mark WI>

    He will fit right in, Jack.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  83. Lil from TN

    Jack, I think it is appropriate.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  84. Albert.K. Los Angeles

    It is not unusual for Americans to elect celebrities to public office. Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, and Sonny Bono are just a few of the celebrities who served in public office. Al Franken has been a successful comedy writer, comedian and actor. When he is finally allowed to serve what is left of his term as a Senator it will give some of the clowns who are already in the Senate someone successful to look up to and it will give President Obama the power to correct the problems left behind by the joker who resided in the White House over the last eight years.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Mike in Colorado

    Some of the best news is coming from comedians. We will probably get some of the best legislating besides there are already 40 comedians in the senate. They are called republicans.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  86. Frank, Connellsville, PA

    The only difference between Mr. Franken and most of the members of Congress is that he was a comedian BEFORE being elected.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  87. Sam

    I support Al Franken. So what if he is a commedian? At least he kept up with current events and has won the election.
    Minnisota always have unusual candidates running for office anyway.
    Remember Jesse Ventura, the former wrestler, fromer Governor?
    I won't be surprised if another porn star from Minnisota decides to run for congress.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  88. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack - Al Franken as the new U.S. Senator from Minnesota and the 60th
    Democratic Senator adds credibility to the U.S. Senate, which is already
    comprised of a lot of jokers but not true comedians - he will bring a true
    sense of humor to a legislative body known for its stiffs - if only he could
    serve as a Congressman as well.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  89. Bill Glover Baltimore MD

    Having Al Franken means a man of high intellegence, he did after all go to an Ivy league college will apply that thought process for the bettermeant of all Americans...exactly the kind of guy the founders had in mind for a Senator...more sophisticated breed of cat than a Congressperson, especially the GOP Congresswoman from Al's state, Michelle Brachman, Comedians have an unparrelled ability to see the wrong in things and then in the process of making people laugh get them to think...That is the kind of Senator Al Frankin will be...I can't wait,...Now, On to Single payor healthCare...

    May 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  90. Steve in Florida

    It means he had another job before entering politics. And he was quite accomplished at it. As Shaw said on his deathbed "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." He's a smart man, and doggone it, people like him.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  91. bobwhite, Ks

    What does it mean? It means that nothing could be more appropriate. Sen. Franken might be the only senator to be authentic. I can tell you the two senators from my state are crooks and liars, and they have lots of company from other states. I would much prefer if they were all merely comedians. They would do less damage to society. And we might even get a good laugh now and then!

    May 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  92. Randy from Vancouver

    If a comedian determines the balance of power in the US senate, then one must concede that US politics is the most side-splitting form of democracy on earth.

    May 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  93. John, Fort Collins, CO

    If Al Franken becomes the official winner it would mean that for the first time in years we'd have a clown in the Senate that can actually make a difference.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  94. Nancy, Tennessee

    The lawmakers will have a member that can be officially called a "clown". No more labeling others with the wrong title. Al Franken has won the title in a close race.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  95. Nicole from atlanta

    I don't know if it matters that a comedian will determine the balance of the Senate. Just because Franken is or was a comedian, doesn't mean he will not be good at politics. Give him a chance.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  96. Chris - Denver

    It means that you truly can reinvent yourself in America. Al Franken is very smart and knowledgeable about politics. His book "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" is very funny, but it is also very sharply pointed commentary. I would encourage anyone who opposes Franken based on his past as a comedian to read it and at least know what the heck you are talking about before you open your mouth.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  97. Nancy in Lehigh Acres, Florida

    I think that anyone who is successful in any profession long term has the intelligence and ability to be successful in more than one venture. Something kept him in the mainstream and it all isn’t luck, it takes a sharp mind to be a good comedian. Why not be a success in the US Senate? Reading up on Al Franken's credentials is actually quite impressive. He is more qualified for the position of U.S. Senator than most people in politics.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  98. Joshua C

    Congress for most of my adult life has been a joke anyway. At least this time the joke will be funny.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  99. Bernard Clark

    Much of politics over the past decade has been a joke! I think a comedian fits in perfectly!

    Bernard Wesley Clark Jr.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  100. Mike

    It means we are doomed. Do we really want him in a position of power?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  101. Ken Saskatchewan, Canada

    It means the 'jokers' in the Senate will now have to contend with a professional!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  102. Tomas - University Place, WA

    You asked: "What does it mean that a comedian will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate?"

    My reply? It means "no change." Why do you ask?


    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  103. Peter Horowitz

    So what's new, Jack. Comedians have always held the balance of power in Washington. Isn't that why Congress is viewed by many as something of a joke?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  104. Endif

    I think Franken's comedic past makes him all too qualified to serve in the Senate. Step aside, Coleman, quit subverting the will of the people.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  105. Brian - Trinidad

    Jack, you're a better man than most if you can narrow down to 5 or 6 best responses to read.This question, which gives the opportunity to use the words "Comedian" and "Senate" legitimately in the same sentence, beggars humorous commentary to the nth degree.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  106. John from Alaska

    How is this any different than resent history? At least Senator Franken knows that he is good enough, that he is smart enough and dog-gone-it people like him.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  107. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    Well, letts just say the "joke" is on the Republicans–and after eight years, it sure is a good one.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  108. Don

    After 8 years with a clown in the White House, a comedian bringing a 60th vote to the Senate doesn't seem like that much of a deal.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  109. David, Sisters, OR

    Al Franken seems to be an intelligent guy-he can't do any worse than the comedians already there.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  110. Andrea

    May the comedian do better than the actor (i.e. Arnold & Ronnie).

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  111. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Nothing! He has been elected as a representative of all the people and not elected as a comedian representing other comedians!:>)


    it's Friday...so allow me some laughs.. maybe it will mean we will be able to laugh at ourselves again or laugh a little bit more! Maybe it will mean we will see that we need more comedian running for Office and lawyers running away from comedians in the Office! it's friday and I'm allowed some down time...!:>)

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  112. Michael in NC

    Expect more funny business.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  113. A.J.

    What does it mean if a comedian determines the balance of power? What about the other 99 comedians in the Senate? Actually Arlen Specter isn't that funny

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  114. David Post

    Jack, this is a softball, isn't it? Comedians have been determining the balance of power in the senate for years, only now one has the gumption to admit that he is.

    Newton Massachusetts

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  115. Bryan

    I think if Al Franken wins it means i can finally stand to watch c-span, and stand to watch some change.....

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  116. Benjamin Solotaire

    Give me a break Jack. Does comedian mean dumb or liberal or uneducated? You might as well ask if having a plumber or a seamstress in congress. Believe it or not it's possible to be smart and be a comedian. Franken can be just as good a Senator as any one else, no matter what he's done before.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  117. Dianne, Colorado Springs

    I think it would be great to have an ex-comedian in the Senate. He might bring some levity and balance to that esteemed body.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  118. Troy Spier

    I think it's impractical and unrealistic to view the senate race in Minnesota as coming down to the number of votes "for a comedian." Why should it matter what he has worked as in the past? We didn't make this large of a deal about the gubernatorial race in California that ultimately resulted with the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger, so why are we doing it now with Franken? Let politics be politics and leave previous "lives" out of it.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  119. DigitEL

    Ahhh... that's too easy, Jack... It means its a joke ;p

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  120. Bob DeCoste, Vancouver, B.C.

    In what way would that be different than the current situation?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  121. James Richardson

    Jack, with all of those "Bozos" in congress, what's the problem with adding one more clown.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  122. Robert Montreal Canada

    It can't be a bigger issue than having Ronald Reagan in the White House.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  123. Jerry

    It's been a comedy of errors for years! At least this comedian is a professional – maybe the jokes will improve.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  124. Chris

    Who cares if he's a comedian...or an actor. Wasn't Regan an actor?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  125. Albert - St. Louis

    Jack – I don't think it will make any difference with the number of
    comedians already there.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  126. Frank Thompson

    It has been kind of hard to take our elected officials seriously lately anyhow, at least his resume will qualify him nicely with the rest. Maybe he can do his Daily Affirmations skit in the Senate, fit in nicely with all the other spoofs going on there.

    East Texas

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  127. Dennis R. Preston

    After a clown for eight years, a comedian would surely raise the intelligence bar considerably.

    Dennis from Oklahoma

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  128. Ron Brant

    It is so utterly appropriate I laugh...

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  129. Hank Corbett

    What is new? We had a clown in the oval office for eight years.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  130. Judith Shade

    It means that now there will be a PROFESSIONAL comedian in with the amateur ones!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  131. Tom Harper

    There are so many clowns in Congress now, I'm surprised they don't all arrive in the same car. Al Franken will be a decided improvement.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  132. Jim

    99 clowns and 1 comedian... At least it has entertainment potential.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  133. Stephen

    With all the other clowns and jokes in Congress right now, Al Franken will most assuredly fit in!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  134. Leon

    Let's not forget this comedian also graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in political science. There's a brain behind the laughs.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  135. John Loucks Phila, PA

    It would be a welcome change since for 8 years we had a "Clown" in the White House.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  136. Dan

    Why not, Jack? Washington is already full of comedians.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  137. Denise

    If Al Franken wins? He already has! Coleman is a soar looser!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  138. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    It means that 99 clowns will no longer be without a role model.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  139. Steve Gibbs

    Jack, we need more comedians and less crooks. If this is going to help the country move forward I'm all for it.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  140. jay in california

    It's about time we were rid of the comedians that we allready have in the white house and put in place an real comdian.It cannot be worse than we already done

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  141. Sharon

    Jack, This will not make a differences. Ha-Ha !! The last laugh is on the Republicans.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  142. T.E. from OK

    Al Franklin has a lot of common sense and that is what is needed in this mess to help fix it. This should have been settled a long time back but the Republicans have had a hard time with losing even after they got us in this mess after their eight years of control.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  143. James Richmond Virginia

    Jack, having a comedian is not as laughable as the Republican performance for the past eight years.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  144. Brad

    What does it mean that a comedian will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate? It means that the count will be 1 comedian and 99 clowns. Remember, "Always keep laughing"?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  145. Noel Sivertson

    I'm at the point now where I would trust decision making to a comedian over a lawyer. They don't lie as well.

    Noel Sivertson
    Roswell New Mexico

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  146. Jackie Hardy

    Rather symbolic because our government is a joke. God has a sense of humor and just maybe He, bieng our Almighty God, has allowed this to happen to humble the republican party. He has a way of humbling the proudest of people, oh...I mean political parties!!!!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  147. Bianca, San Francisco, CA


    The past 8 years have been a joke. At least with a comedian, we'll be laughing on purpose.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  148. Bernadette Loesch

    Jack, Now this is an interesting question coming from you. You have a dry wit and can be very funny, in other words a natural comedian. Al Franken deserves to become the next senator from MN. I'm sure that you would agree he didn't get where he is today on his good looks. I find comedians to not only be funny but very, very intelligent. He will make an excellent senator. I for one can't wait for this Coleman challenge to be over with once and for all.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  149. Laurance Guido

    It's still frightening.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  150. Joe Lanch

    Jack, I hope for a change we all can LOL

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  151. Tom Carlson

    Better a comedian than a fool.

    Tom (NYC)

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  152. Troy Gagnon

    Speaking of ironic, doesn't comedy describe Congress itself?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  153. dennis fox

    Dear sir: we've already had two clowns run this country for the last eight years. What's wrong with a comedian

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  154. Robert

    Sure, as grave as the American economy is we need a comedian to get us laughing and to get our minds off of how bad it really is.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  155. Jared

    who cares if he was a comedian. Our system of government was set up so that any American can be elected into office. Look what happened in California. The people of Minnesota have spoken.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  156. Bill

    He will fit in well with the rest of the Clowns.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  157. Garey Morch


    It seems appropriate that a comedienne will wield much "power" in that his potential colleagues appear to be "jokers" a majority of the time.

    Watch you everyday!


    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  158. Cory

    I have known Mr. Franken personally for some time. He is one of the most intelligent and open-minded decision makers I have ever met. Yes, he was a comedian, but if I were to generalize having a comedian over a former lawyer in the Senate, I would choose the comedian in a second!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  159. Marge in Ct.

    Shame on you, Jack. You're baiting us...and the response is so simple. OK...I'll bite. We had bad comedians running the government and congress for the past eight years. Al Franken will be a breath of fresh air...he has a brain!
    Marge in CT.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  160. Mark - San Diego, CA


    The real comedian here is Coleman and his desperation to hold on, perhaps he should have got a clue and defected like Specter...

    Does he and the Republican Party not understand that they are the JOKE?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  161. Gordon Barnes(New Jersey)

    Jack, This is no Irony. It is literally what it is. The US senate is a Joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  162. Lee

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,

    What does it mean when a state elects a professional wrestler or a foreign born actor (or even a native born one) as governor?

    Some states just seem to look outside the standard political model.


    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  163. Tony in Aurora, IL

    Jack, I've noticed many comedians seem to have a more solid grasp of the failures of our government than most incumbent Senators do. (Ref. Lewis Black, the late George Carlin, and yes, Al Franken). But you're putting the question in a bit of a pejorative sense towards the folks who just want to make us laugh, and perhaps think a little. I don't think Franken's any less qualified for public service than any other lawyer, or lawyer, or lawyer, or lawyer who holds any other office in this country. The only real requirement is that you're a citizen over 30... there's a reason for that.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  164. Ishmail

    The Senate/Congress is currenlty being run by comedians. I don't think we would notice the change.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  165. Terry


    A comedian added to a bunch of clowns...what's the problem?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  166. Vinnie Volmut

    Mr. Cafferty, Al ran a good race, and it seems after all this hand wringing he is the outright winner. So, what is wrong with having a former comedian in the senate, he will not really have the deciding vote, just one more Democratic voice/vote to get Mr. Alabama's programs into action. And as for most politicians they are mostly a joke anyway.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  167. Michael DeMartino

    Comedians arent afraid to voice their opinions and tell the truth, I would have loved to have seen the world if every politician was switched with a comedian for just one week.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  168. Chet Julian

    Unlike our last president - this guy is funny on purpose!.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  169. Tony

    Jack, it just proves what a joke our government is. It wouldn't guarantee 60 votes. There are a few Democrats that seem to be more like Republican shills.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  170. Mike, from Florida

    Why is this still news? Oh yeah, it's because Norm Coleman doesn't understand he lost the election. And THAT is funnier than Al Franken ever could be.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  171. rob

    remember we're talking about a comedian that has more political good sense than our last president and vice president combined. mr. franken's views are well thought and timed with today as well as logical and all related with the times we are drudging through.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  172. John Macy

    RE: Al Franken: Just another example that Washington has become a JOKE.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  173. Steve W

    A comedian can't do any worse than the clowns that are already in.

    Steve W
    New York, NY

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  174. David Villarreal

    Everone needs to have job. I'd rather have someone who has spent his carrer trying to relate to the common man than another investment banker or CEO who is only interested in Dollar signs.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  175. Ron Michigan

    Seems to me that another comedian by the name of Rush had a lot to do with the balance of power during the former administration. So why shouldn't Franken have his chance?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  176. cnwaynesville

    A comedian as the balance of power in the Senate is nothing compared to the JOKE that was THE power in the World.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  177. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    What's another comedian amongst clowns in the U.S. Senate?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Patti Streeter - Mpls, MN

    He went to Harvard. He is not only funny, but smart. It just means that America is an interesting place. We have this great system where you can have multiple interest and, if you have the smarts, luck and support, make a difference in whatever your passions may be.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  179. Ed S.

    It means about as much as the as the governator in Ca. making a decision.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  180. Leroy Crosby

    He should fit in fine with the other 534 clowns.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  181. Ronald Samuel

    After actors and the Buskes, a real comedian should be refreshing; at least we'll know from which side of his mouth the joke is coming, even if the joke is on us,

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  182. Gary in Santa Barbara

    Franken is the only one in Congress who admits to being a comedian. I find the rest of Congress (on both sides of the aisle) to be even more humorous in real life than Franken is on the stage. Yet they keep getting re-elected because everybody seems to think that his own Congressman is just great. It's the rest of Congress that's screwed up. Maybe we should do what the judge did at the end of the Untouchables movie when he switched juries: every national election, randomly select a congressional district of voters, then randomly select a district for which they will elect a candidate. That would increase the turnover just a bit.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  183. Michelle Van Dyke

    Hey Jack,
    Newflash, they all are comedians. So what's the difference in one more? I just wish that the opponent will accept his defeat and move on. Do we really have to spend so much more tax money on this. Good grief!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  184. Thomas Bate

    Its all too fitting that a comic be the final straw to the end of Repulican rule.. once and for all.. When is this Republican going to give up and allow Franken his victory? Its just like a Republican to not acknowledge a loss. What would have happened if Gore has behaved in this fashion? Maybe Franken can bring some more levity to politics in America. We are tired of humorless Republicans, and if they could see outside of themselves, they wouldnt stop laughing..

    Thom Bate/ Ft Lauderdale

    May 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  185. Lisa from St. Louis

    Finally a professional will be in Washington instead of all of the normal amateurs - what, aren't they all a bunch of comedians?

    Thanks Jack!

    Lisa in St. Louis

    May 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  186. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    I have stopped looking for "meaning" in politics. But It is a good thing that people not politically career orientated are getting into government, comedians or otherwise, although through a struggle(the alleged vote count issue). I suspect even a comedian will lose his sense of humor when he realizes the company he will be sharing is well, not very funny. In the Senate there is no balance, just power. I wish him and the peoples, luck.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  187. Dawna Shockney

    Jack, This is the same old story we get when the last player of a ball game shoots the "winning ball." it took all the team scoring to give that guy the opportunity to "shine." It took all America voting to get the senators where they are today, and if the final vote gets a majority in the senate, it is not that last guy who wins who did it. It is anyone who voted for those 60 senators, and if they win through it all, so be it. Franken would not be the hero, all the voters for all the senators who to get to this point would be.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  188. Michael

    Jack, it means absolutely nothing that Al Franken has worked as a comedian. This man is overwhelmingly qualified for office and I disagree with the premise of your question. He is a very quick-witted political author and commentator as well, and has been for several years. In 2003, Franken served as a Fellow with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

    The timing of justice Souter's resignation is purely coincidental.

    Austin, TX

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  189. Parker B

    Minnesota has become the litmus test of electability in our democracy. Wrestler? Check! Comedian? Check! Whats next Minnesota? I vote for a Care Bear (before global warming kills them off that is)! God Bless America!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  190. Ellen in Atlanta

    Jack, Some of our brightest most intuitive spokesman these days are comedians. Just watch John Stewart and Steven Colbert a few times and you realize how smart you need to be to be a political comedian. Al Franken has for years given very insightful analysis of the abuses of the conservative right and the Bush administration.
    I think he will be GREAT!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  191. Shelby Burkett

    Why not? We've had 2 jokes in the White House for the past 8 years. It is time a comedian gets in the senate. The republicans are the only Joke left in the senate.

    Shelby Burkett

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  192. Pete Kusinski

    I think that the Republicans need to concede that they are finally out of the position to prevent a filibuster and give it up. This is 2000 all over again. The difference is that this time Americans are not going to stand for it again. Just accept the reality of the situation! Quit wasting our time and your constituents' votes in Washington. It's in the bag; you know it so stop trying to stall.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  193. Rick


    I do think that Al Franken will take his senatorial duties seriously. The fact that he's got a sharp wit and a penchant for pointing out irony and absurdity should help him cut through the Washington BS.

    Hudson, NH

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  194. John H. Dale, Jr.

    Why not a comedian for U.S. Senator from Minnesota? They had a wrestler for Governor and we all had Bozo as President.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  195. Joe -Toronto, Canada

    What does it mean that the most influential position in the world-USA President, was held twice by an idiot?

    At least Al has a much higher I.Q.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  196. plukasiak

    It will probably mean a lot less than when we had a former B-movie actor with his finger on the nuclear button for 8 years.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  197. Bruce Hart

    Comedians? Dick Cheney still cracks me up with his wisdom more than anyone!!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  198. Robert Hamilton

    It means that after months and months of outrageous republican delaying tactics, Minnesota will finally have two Senators to which it is entitled under the Constitution.

    Huntsville, Al.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  199. Mary Ann Roberts

    A comedian, you say? It takes a lot of savvy to be an excellent comedian and Al certainly has that. He is an extremely intelligent man, and I would be happy to see him finally add his ideas to the mix in the Senate. The Republicans are upset because Al was able to tell the world that the emperor had no clothes. Those august senators need a laugh sometimes.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  200. June Vaughn

    What could be funnier than the comedy team of Bush/Cheney?


    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  201. Chuck A.

    I never thought Al Franken was very funny anyway. If the late George Carlin had been elected to the Senate, now that would have been interesting !

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  202. Jim Yarrow

    Jack, The house and senate is over loaded with BSer's, liar's and phonies so adding a comedian shouldn't hurt anything.
    Jim Y
    Hickory, NC

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  203. Al /Orlando/via Buffalo

    Compared to the comedians who were tar and feathered on their
    way home, Franken is like a preacher of sorts. By the way,as GM goes
    so goes the country. Unfortunately the G now stands for Government.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  204. Sonny Everett

    Comedians such as Al Franken, George Carlin and Mort Saul are actually political observers who put a humorous twist on otherwise serious events. That does not mean they think the eevnts are funny Ha-Ha, but that they realize something is important and know how to put a comedic slant on it... usually to make us (the listener) THINK.

    There could be nothing better for America than to have someone like Al Franken in such a position, someone who really really thinks, before he or she votes. These days, humor in politics is not a laughing matter.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  205. michael LV,NV

    Oh Jack, I really don't care ,as a Independent I could care less.
    If my candidate Jesse Ventura ran he would beat both of those
    idiots in a landslide & this wouldn't even be a issue.
    I have more of a problem with one party rule. There has to
    be checks & balances. I didn't like it when the Republicans
    had total control and I don't like it with the Democrats having total

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  206. sgwhiteinfla

    The balance of power was decided in 2006 when the Dems took both houses of Congress.

    By the way, Minnesota already has a comedian in Congress. Her name is Michele Bachmann. The only problem is she doesn't get that she is a joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  207. Lisa, San Jose CA

    Hm, a similar situation was addressed by 1960's satirist Tom Lehrer in his song about George Murphy–

    "Oh gee, it's great,
    At last we've got a senator who can
    Really sing and dance!
    We can't expect america
    To win against it's foes
    With no one in the senate who
    Can really tap his toes."

    So, okay, Franken more a jaw flapper than a toe tapper, but the comparison stands.

    There's nothing new about entertainers going into politics. And at least comedians tend to have quick minds. It's all good.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  208. Steve Gee

    Al Franken as Senator - now that's real comedy!

    Instead of corrupt officials deciding, let the people of Minnesota be heard again, and hold a new election.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  209. Danny Nieves

    It doesn't mean anything, George W. Bush made me laugh more than Al Franklyn ever did, maybe Al Franklyn will be a better politician than George W. Bush.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  210. Julie - Elizabethtown, Kentucky

    I don't why I bother to put up comments here, Jack, you never use them on your show. But to answer your question...It means we will have a great statesman. I think it's great that Franken will be senator. He's extremely smart and very capable, most comedians are. He will make a admirable and noble statesman. There's a big difference in a statesman and a politician, Jack. A politician, like Coleman, manipulates the system and obstructs government and will do whatever it takes to win an election. Not for the good of his state or it's people, but for the good of his own political career and his party. A statesman is a public servant. Al Franken knows the difference....and now so do you.

    I'd rather have a comedian in the senate than some of the CLOWNS that are there now.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  211. Ryan

    Al Franken is extremely dishonest. I went through all his claims in his book "Lies and the lying liars..." and exposed his manipulative tactics. I wrote it up at lyingliar dot com.

    Salt Lake City

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  212. Dick in Minnesota

    it seems that the people's business has turned in to a comedy of sorts. One might even say that there is nothing but clowns in the capitol town.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  213. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    In the grand scheme of things it means nothing! While, the Dems will be gaining a comedian with Franken, the GOP has several clowns in their party – ala Palin and Bachmann. Seriously, this bodes well for our country, in that a comedian turned political activist can be elected a Senator during the same election cycle that a young bi-racial boy from Hawaii can grow up and attend Harvard, be elected President of the Harvard Law Review and then be elected President of the United States. What a wonderful country we live in!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  214. Arnold

    Jack, it's quite fitting that a comedian should wield so much power in a Congress filled with so many clowns. My hope is that once Franken finally wins and the Democrats achieve their filibuster proof majority, that they will use that power to do our country considerable good rather than botch it up like a bad joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  215. Gail

    C,mon, Jack, that's beneath you. Franken is an extrememly bright man who is prepared to take the place of our late beloved Paul Wellstone. Long before he became a candidate, he stood with the lone voices against our invasion of Iraq. He also – on his own, without fanfare – traveled 8 times to entertain our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's that kind of guy.

    Not every Senator needs to be a lawyer; in fact we probably have too many. And what about that president who used to shill for 20 Mule Team Borax? Al Franken will be a trememdous asset to Minnesota and to the country if we can ever persuade Norm to get out of the way,

    May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  216. steve

    not much jack. The democratic party has become rather open to individuals of various belifs. I think we may find that very few topics envoke the a uniform opinion across the entirety of the party.
    I think the media has made too big of a deal about the 60 seats. If there were common belifs through out the whole party (like pro-life and anti-gun control), we may have seen an change in the rate of activity in our government. However i think we're just seeing an overall movement towards ambiguity within our party system.
    palo alto, ca

    May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  217. Larry

    I live in Minnesota we are not afraid of out of the box polititians. we loved our wrestler governer! I am tired of layers governing this country......

    May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  218. Diane St.Louis MO

    One more comedian...one more last laugh?

    I guess it means that Congress once again will be getting the last laugh at the expense of the American citizens! It is way past time for our Congress to sober up and quit chuckling at the type of comedic work ethics they are providing to us.

    I love a good laugh, and had I only known that being a comedian was one of the requirements for representing my country...I would have applied for a position many moons ago! (Nice job...if you can get it!)

    May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  219. Tim Settimi

    Jack, We've had a former actor, and a former haberdasher become presidents. We just saw the passing of a leader who was of a former football star and had popstar / comedian elected to congress.
    What's wrong with a comic who has shown himself to be a thoughtful happy warrior who happened to get the most votes in his state represent that state.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  220. Pat R.

    Don't forget, he's a Harvard educated comedian, with a long-standing interest in politics!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  221. Ric Schloff

    For the Obstructionist Party, aka Grand Old Party, aka Republican Party it simply means = "THE JOKE'S ON YOU!"

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  222. Rox

    Jack, Franken's representation means that after 8 years of Bush, Democrats are no longer the laughing stock of politics.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  223. Patrick Hart

    I think it is hysterical and sad the this clown could ever be elected. But if so he will fit in well with the rest of the clowns sitting up there . Sort of speaks to the mentality level of the masses. We should have to pass a test to vote.Thanks,Patrick

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  224. glenn barrow

    Are you kidding? Having a comedien in the Senate is status quo. The Senate And House have been run by a bunch of jokers for years.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  225. Khaidji


    Come on what do you think
    One can say this in an eye’s blink
    Many comedians held office before
    Expect Al to be better, they’ll be getting a pro on the floor
    Democrats should be happy, he’s the man
    It’s important to bring back smiles and we know he can
    Al’s mistakes can never be call gaffes
    No one expects seriousness from a man full of laughs


    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  226. Harriet

    It's a good idea to not limit our view of people as just being one thing (i.e. comedian) That means that somebody who is lucky enough to be a comedian, can also be a wise, thoughtful, leader. Let's be grateful that somebody who fills that description is also a comedian!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  227. James (NYC_

    "Send in the clowns!"

    May 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  228. Sondra Bubenhofer

    Franken has always been serious about his concerns. Do you remember when we were asking if we wanted an actor for Presdent? At least I know Franken won't be selling guns to Iran. Besides maybe he will add real wit and sparkle to a congress that is too busy cutting each other work hard for the citizens. Thanks for looking at my comment. Sondra, Albuquerque, NM

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  229. Shasta

    Jack, I don't get why this question is being asked. The most successful comedians, especially those who do parody, almost have to be very bright, articulate, and capable, and they have to understand what is going on around them to a higher degree than many other professions.

    Casey, Minneapolis, MN

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  230. Susan Frost

    Maybe Franken's election will start a new trend in the Senate – more "wits" and fewer half-wits. For eight years the country was run by a joke – a comedian can only be an improvement.

    Tuscaloosa, AL

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  231. John in North Hollywood, CA

    A comedian deternining the balance of power in the Senate is no differen than a B-movie actor gaining the presidency in 1980: those facets of their professional past are absolutely irrelevant to their commitment to do what they feel is right..

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  232. Billy Hamilton


    The Republican Clowns didn't do so well, so let's try a Democratiac Commedian.


    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  233. littl_emm, Knoxville, TN

    Hmmmm... Maybe Al will help us recognize the many opportunities we miss to laugh at ourselves. Have a great evening, Jack!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  234. Ed


    We've had an actor in the White House;
    so a comedian in Congress who tells
    jokes instead of lies might be refreshing.

    Ed in Killeen, Texas

    May 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  235. Benjamin in D.C.

    It means society has turned a new leaf - the satirists and masters of irony have always been the most critical (and often most correct) of government and ruling, now it's time to finally employ the critics and see if they really can do better.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  236. Roy - Chicago IL

    I love it, hope he begins his first address with:
    "So...a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent walk into a bar....."

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  237. James Snider Auburndale Fl.

    It means the party of NO cannot interfere as much with the reconstruction of this Country after the disasterous Bush/Cheney Junta tried their best and almost suceeded in destroying it.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  238. chuck barnard

    What it means is there would be just one more in Congress. I am reminded of the comment made many years ago by Will Rogers: "It's easy being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you".

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  239. Diane, Houston TX

    As someone with a deep appreciation of irony I find this extremely funny. But then again you DID know that a portion of your audience is pretty twisted, didn't you?

    Diane, Houston

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  240. Rod

    Al Franken is a comedian who graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in political science from Harvard. He has experience as an author and a fact-oriented political commentator. His background as a comedian is overplayed. He should be a great addition to the senate.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  241. Billy Hamilton

    The Republican Clowns didn’t do so well, so let’s try a Democratiac Comedian.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  242. Mike in DC

    Two Senators and Al Frankin were walking down the street. The Democrat said "I'm gonna vote for it." The Republican said "I'm gonna vote against it." Al Franken stopped in his tracks, looked at the two Senators and said, "These peanuts are makin' me thirsty."

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  243. Thomas Fredrichs

    So what's new about comedians in Congress? 70 or 80 years ago, Will Rogers said, "But with Congress — every time they make a joke it's a law. And every time they make a law it's a joke."

    May 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  244. Kevin

    I disagree that "Minnesota still hasn't decided the outcome." Since the first, mandatory recount, Franken's claim to the Senate seat has been validated every step of the way. It's time for the politicians to step aside and respect the will of the voters. Was the vote close? Extraordinarily. Is it hard for Coleman to acept that he lost? I'm sure. Our system only works when those involved respect the process and accept the results.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  245. Paul

    Re: Franken, comedians are usually born from tragedy. To suceed as a comedian requires great will, determination, and a keen intelligence. All Good!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  246. Kevin

    I was a die hard Republican, but now I'm just a person wanting better goverment. The current leaders we Americans have are mostly a comedy act of their own (Rep & Dem). I don't trust ither side and truely believe they are only out for their OWN PARTY and have lost the reason they are elected " TO SERVE FOR THE BETTER OF THE PEOPLE" not their party. Rep's are just as bad as Dem's,
    WE THE PEOPLE, need a whole new group of people running the Goverment from the ground up. The NEW President needs NEW people in office to "Serve the People"
    NJ Somerset County

    May 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  247. Mary

    Al Franken is a white American male who had great success in his chosen profession. He gained the respect of his peers and earned a great deal of money doing it. How does that make him any different from most of the other members of the U.S. Senate?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  248. Kim VA

    It means We the People will get to laugh at the uncovering of what is a crying shame of the past administration. I think Al Franken will have a joke for the public as we "pitch fork those responsible for the mess We the people, are paying President Obama to straighten out.

    We'll see if we need to increase his salary, when the economy straightens out, and he proves our vote true. It's the least we could do, with the elephant dung left by Bush/Cheney and Rove.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  249. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    It means it's time to have a big laugh!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  250. Alex

    A comedian IS controlling the balance of power in the Senate. His name is Norm Coleman!

    – Alex, Waltham, MA

    May 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  251. Libricrat

    Jack, Frankin winning a seat (the powers that be will ensure that he will win it) in the Senate will be the ultimate punch line when you consider that our government is just becomming a big joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  252. Sandra, Blue Springs, Missouri

    Why would another comedian (Al Franken) make any difference to the clowns who have seats on Capitol Hill now?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  253. Al /Orlando/via Buffalo

    I though the former group was water boarded out of Washington less
    surf boards. AL

    May 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  254. Pete Kusinski, NH

    I think that the Republicans need to concede that they are finally out of a position to prevent a filibuster and give it up; comedian or not. This is 2000 all over again. The difference is that this time Americans are not going to stand for it again. Just accept the reality of the situation! Quit wasting our time and your constituents’ votes in Washington. It’s in the bag; you know it so stop trying to stall.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  255. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    What else would you expect from the state that thought electing Jesse “the body” Ventura as Governor was a good idea? The Dems are going to over-reach and cause more problems now that they will be able to ram through all the legislation they want. Then the power will swing back to the Repubs who will bring “change”

    May 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  256. TMoore


    Al Franken the "comedian" graduated from Harvard cum laude with a BA in political science.

    TMoore, FL

    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  257. chuck barnard

    What it means is there would be just one more in Congress. I am reminded of the comment made many years ago by Will Rogers:
    "It's easy being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you".

    Stockton, CA

    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  258. Gigi

    It takes a sense of humor to win and not be seated. His four years are ticking away...


    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  259. Richard Green


    Al won't have the power you suggest. He will, however, be a voice for us non- millionaires. We need that. That is far more important than the fact that he was a comedian, an actor, and a very good writer on politics in his prior careers. I'm very happy the people of Minnesota voted him in.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal

    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  260. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Americans love comedians so why not have a real one this time instead of a look alike.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  261. Al /Orlando/via Buffalo

    I think the GOP still retains the gavel on my comments. I need some
    comic releif. AL

    May 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  262. Phil, georgia

    Its another Thumb Nose Up at the Republicans at the irrevelancy of their party. God is saying, even a comedian can see the truth of matters better than you blind pharisees.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  263. Pat Landry

    Al Franklen can when as a Comedian. Then he can serve with ALL of the other Comedians that are in Washington at this time. It'll be one BIG laugh after another. Isn't that what the whole World is doing now is laughing at America. All of this has been nothing but a joke to Washington politicians and Mr. Al should fit in very nicely at this time.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  264. Jim Irwin

    Jack, I believe we just had a comedian (and a bad one at that) in the White House for the last eight years. Al Franken believes in the causes of the American people. I think he'll do just fine in the Senate. And beside that, he's good enough... smart enough... and gosh darn it, people like him.
    Jim, Illinois

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  265. T Harris

    Hey Jack, it is only fitting that there be a comedian holding power in Congress, since there are so many jokes already seated.

    Loyal Viewer

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  266. James From Alaska

    Well Jack, now I figure a few democrats will "want" to be republicans now. Look at how many democrat jokes "we" can make now. LOL...

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  267. Ray

    At least Franken admits he's a comedian... most the others are just bad jokes.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  268. Yassin

    As far as I am concerned, Comedians and Politicians make me laugh. Al Franken and Ronald Reagan both came from show biz and Reagan turned out to be a great leader. Lets give Al a break and tell this other clown to be the comedian until the US Supreme Court decides.


    May 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  269. Jenn


    Are you seriuosly questioning whether a comedian is capable of governing? Whoppi Goldberg, a comedienne, (and I believe a friend of yours), is an intelligent, articulate and deeply thoughtful person who would be an asset to our elected public servants. A person's chosen profession should not hinder him/her from serving in public office as long as they have a valuable contribution to make . Lord knows our "professional" politicians aren't necessarily looking out for the greater good of John Q. Public and our nation.

    Pembroke Pines

    May 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  270. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Goes to show you that anyone can be President!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  271. Buzz in Solvang, CA

    He is one of the most qualified people running for Senate in a very long time and if being a FORMER comedian makes him the better person then maybe we should start looking at the Laugh Factory and other clubs since they seem to have a better grasp of D.C. than the professional politicians.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  272. Missy

    I'm not laughing. I'd rather see independent thinkers in Congress - you know, people who will think of their constituents before thinking of their party. Those folks are hard to find in Congress these days and that's no laughing matter.

    Missy, Phoenix, Ariz.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  273. KIM

    Franken is just what the DEMS need, someone who will talk like a GOP. That is , telling them what he really thinks of their idot ideas and is notafraid to go after them when they attack the DEMOCRATES.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  274. Linnea D'Andrea

    It's amusing that Al Franken continues to be referred to as "the comedian" by the media. This does have the effect of belittling him when, in fact, he is a Harvard graduate with a degree in political science. He has served as a Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Minnesotans recognize him as a person who grew up in St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis. A comedian as talented as he is really shows his capacity to deal with life's trials and tribulations. The way he is handling himself now is proof that he has the courage and perserverance to follow through once this ridiculous lengthy court case comes to an end.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  275. Al /Orlando

    Since we had a wolf in Buffalo, I guess we can handle a comedian in
    congress. Al

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  276. Chris in Va.


    You mean the members of Congress are NOT comedians?!?!
    This sheds a whole new light on things.

    Gum Spring, Va.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  277. Shelby Burkett

    Why Shouldn't Al Franken be seated. A Judge declared he won.: We've had two jokes in the White House for eight years . The only jokes left in the White House are the Republicans.

    Columbia, Missouri

    May 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  278. boxer girl in iowa

    Whats the problem..we've had presidents that were actors. California has the terminator (o.k. not a good example) Minnesota still hasn't figured out what they are doing anyway. I guess when he is seated we'll see.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  279. Jake from Woodbridge, CT


    I think it's great that Al Franken might get the seat. He's already made fun of everyone in Washington, so he won't be afraid to stand up on the floor of the Senate and call someone an idiot, if they deserve it of course. If he becomes Senator, I'll be watching C-Span instead of Comedy Central.


    May 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  280. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    The ship of fools is short one.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  281. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    We've already had an Actor, Ronald Reagan, and a LIAR, George W. Bush as presidents! Why not a comedian?

    Al Franken, is not a career politician which is a breath of fresh air. I only wish that more 'regular' people would run for office.

    After having the both House & Senate controlled by the GOP from January 1995 through January 2007, I welcome the CHANGE!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  282. June-NY

    Congress is already a joke- what's one more joker more or less. Franken will fit right in with the rest of the clowns.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  283. Mickie

    Anyone who listened to Franken's program knows that he has always been very informed when it comes to politics. Personally, I think many of the other senators are more comedic than Franken.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  284. Susan in Dallas Tx.

    As I am sure you expected, there are many references to all the GOP- type comedians.Why do we insult showbiz people by assuming they are stupid? These folks are as intelligent as any other Americans-even the comedians among them.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  285. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    Better that B movie actors (RR, AS, etc.)

    May 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  286. kojo Yeboah (New Jersey)

    If Al is the senior most comedian, then he should be the head of the senate. Believe me Jack, the Senate is and has been for a long time one big comedy show

    May 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  287. Conrad Colo.

    Colman is a idiot , he don't have a clue, he is a right wing-nut that that never did a thing for his country except side with Bush and Chenne'y and try to run it in the ground. Like Bush And Cheny ,he never accomplished any thing , except "no"

    May 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  288. Randy

    What is wrong with a comedian being in the senate?
    He might turn out to be the head comedian and dethrone Harry
    Reid from his position as chief manipulator of all the puppets
    in the U.S. Senate

    Aynor, S.C.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  289. tantef

    And this is new how?

    May 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  290. Tom, St Paul, MN

    Sure, Franken has worked as a comedian, but his strength as a Senator will come from his Ivy League education. He's a fine example of the contributions liberal arts majors can make with their unique perspectives. Look at what the too many lawyers and business majors already in policitics have gotten us!

    May 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  291. Cheryl Bye

    Cheryl from
    Wenatchee, Washington

    Dear Jack,
    I suppose if a Republican Movie Star (Ronald Reagan) can become President, I don't see why a Democratic Comedian (Al Franken) can't become a Senator.
    It make sence to me.
    Thank you for all you great reporting.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  292. Scott from Helena, Alabama

    Having a comedian determine the balance of power is very appropriate considering that Congress is a complete joke.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  293. Karen - Missouri

    It means Franken probably has more brains and willingness to do real work than the whiny Republicans in Congress now. Coleman is just typical of the rest of the Republicans in Washington, whine, cry, tantrums, just no real honest work to help this country...so here we have the typical Republican "let's block no matter how it hurts the country...in this case the state".

    Coleman needs to get a job and a life.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  294. Ellen

    At least he (Al Franken) has years of experience being a comedian. What kind of experience do all the other "JOKESTERS" (Senators) have. I'm sorry too say, no one is laughing.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  295. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    I wouldn't call Al Franken a comedian, I think the better definition is that Al Franken is a joke, and the joke is on the people of the USA.

    May 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  296. Dave Reeves


    Other than the obvious consolidation of power for President Barack Obama and the democrats, there will probably be no discernible difference for the American people. While the joke is historically on the American people, at least with Franken there will be a better punchline. (and I emphasize the word "punch")

    May 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  297. stephen blesofsky

    Frank (en) ly I would have preferred George Carlin, but he has gone to satirical "spirit in the sky". But I'll settle for Al Franken who is bright, articulate and informed-not a great fit in some DC quarters. I'll leave the negative comments to the blow hard, pill head whose name I omit. Please don't Rush to judgement!!

    Steve Blesofsky
    Sun City Center, Fl

    May 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  298. B. Blackwood

    Hey Jack, love your show. Keep up the good work.

    So your question today makes it sound like being a comedian is some kind of congenital defect or something. It's just a profession, and a really hard one at that. You gotta have both talent and brains. And this is definitely the case with Franken. The guy's always been hysterically funny, and anyone can tell he's no intellectual slouch either. I'd bet good money that the guy's got a genius IQ.

    In fact, think he's just the kind of guy we need in congress to go around deflating all those pompous, vain overblown windbags.

    The hypocritical Coleman needs to either take care of his business or get of the darn pot!

    B. Blackwood

    May 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  299. Ken

    Al Franken is an idiot,

    That means he will blend in perfectly in the Senate.

    Lincoln City, Oregon

    May 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  300. Kevin Downey,Wilmington, Vt.

    Jack, it merely means Franken will become the 100th cast member in a comedy of fools...

    May 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm |