Al Franken: I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, I was voted in

Franken: 'I work for you now'
"I didn't win the support of every Minnesotan. I'm going to have to earn it by being a senator who fights for every Minnesotan.

"Whether you voted for me or not, I want every Minnesotan to hear this: I work for you now and I will work hard to earn your confidence."
Franken, with his wife, Franni, at his side, said he hopes to work with Coleman despite their bitter, expensive overtime duel.

"I know this is not an easy day for Norm Coleman and his family, and I know that because Franni and I and our kids had plenty of time over the last couple months to contemplate what this would be like if the election turned out differently."

Such respectful words make it hard to gawk about the fact that this guy used to be on SNL. For goodness sake, he's a grade-B comic writer and crappy memoir (political and "humor") book author, and now he's actually been voted in as a senator? Wow. I guess who I am now laughing at is the 50% (roughly) of Minnesota voters who voted for him. No. I believe in the process, though. They might even be all stupid, but that's hard to believe.

So rather than be so cynical, as Franken would be and has been in the past, I'll just bide my time and hope for the best from the funniest senator we have (now that Strom Thurmond is long gone). Hey, he'll be at home with all the other clowns on Capitol Hill. Maybe he'll even show them up. That'll be a shocker. (Picture: looking like a true Democratic icon, Franken poses as a donkey.)

- jR

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