Online, the love is more palpable: “Al Franken may be the perfect senator for the Trump era — a deadly serious funnyman.”
Post reporter Karen Tumulty relates how the former comedian is now super-serious, as he obsesses over “torrefaction” and “loan guarantees for Native American reservations," and then the theme arrives:
At the dawn of a presidency that stretches the limits of late-night parody, and at a moment when an out-of-power Democratic Party is trying to find its voice, the former comedian and satirist may be having a breakout moment as a political star.
Of course, she had to employ an old Franken Saturday Night Live character (Stuart Smalley) to keep the story light:
The Minnesota senator spent the last eight years proving that he’s good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him. (Don’t groan. Reporters who write about him should be allowed the indulgence of using at least one of his signature lines from SNL.)
Tumulty is not the first journalist to look to Al Franken as their reassuring port in a political storm.Read more at NewsBusters