Thursday, February 15, 2007

Al Franken, senatorial candidate

Al Franken has declared his candidacy to take on Norm Coleman's Minnesota Senate seat. While his victory in the Democratic primaries is not assured since there are other Democrats who think they can defeat Coleman, I wonder if the Minnesota GOP is hoping for Franken to win out. While Franken would have an advantage with his celebrity, he still has to be an opposition researcher's dream. I've never heard his Air America show, but anyone, left or right, who has spent several years on talk radio has to compiled a file of remarks that would not sound so appealing when repeated in the middle of a political campaign.

Scott Johnson of Powerline has some more thoughts on Franken, the candidate.

It's going to be an entertaining campaign as we check out whether his satirical, partisan sense of humor wears well on the campaign trail. Personally, it's been a long, long time since I found him funny. Perhaps his routines on the old SNL when he looked at everything though how it affected him, Al Franken. But that was it. Stuart Smalley was amusing for about 30 seconds and then that was it. Like so many skits on SNL, it went on way too long so that any trace of humor leeched out of it rather quickly. Perhaps Minnesotans will find him funnier.

If Franken wins, what other comedians might follow him into politics? It could become the next stop on the career ladder for washed up comedians.