Memo to my bosses (all of them): If, and when, comedian Al Franken decides to run for the U.S. Senate from Minnesota against incumbent Norm Coleman, I’d like to be assigned to cover his (Franken’s) campaign full-time. I’ll even work nights and weekends–occasionally.
Before he was the host of his current Air America radio talk show, he wrote some very funny books like "Oh, the Things I Know: A Guide to Success, Or, Failing That, Happiness" and some less funny books like "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot." Before that, he made movies like "Stuart Saves His Family." Before that, he wrote for and performed on "Saturday Night Live." Before that, he grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Harvard.
Wanting to cover his campaign has nothing to do with politics. It’s just that the potential entertainment value of a Franken for Senate campaign (for me, anyway) is almost unlimited. Franken is a notorious lefty, but he’s also something of a loose cannon. I get the impression he could implode at some point during a race likely to be extremely heated, and I’d like to be there when it happens.