Any Minnesotan who meets the specified qualifications may run for the U.S. Senate.....but comedian Al Franken?
The former Minnesotan gained fame writing skits and performing on "Saturday Night Live" and later became a best-selling author who loves to skewer conservatives. In recent years he's skated a fine line between his roles of comic and political commentator resulting in some confusion on the part of the public regarding how to view the sometimes acerbic humorist.
Franken recently told Newsweek that he's considering moving back to Minnesota to run against Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008. Franken's announcement came as a surprise to DFL Party officials, most of whom haven't really made any concrete political plans for an election that's five years off.
Maybe the success of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Gov. Jesse Ventura inspired Franken to contemplate a switch from punchlines to politics. We shouldn't be surprised at the latest convergence between celebrity and political life. The distinction between the two seems to blur more with each passing year.
While some might argue more humor is needed in the U.S. Senate, others would counter that the senators are plenty amusing now without even trying to be funny.
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