Translated into English. “I’m a dedicated journalist and he’s a former hippie who wrote jokes for cokeheads. Why do people take him more seriously than me?”
Probably because the laughs he got as a comedian were intentional.
As far as any concerns about how Franken will do in the senate, let me point out two things.
One, according to current king of the wonks, Paul Krugman, Franken is a closet policy wonk!
I used to go on Franken’s radio show, all ready to be jocular — and what he wanted to talk about was the arithmetic of Social Security, or the structure of Medicare Part D.
In fact, the only elected official I know who’s wonkier than Al Franken is Rush Holt, my congressman — and he used to be the assistant director of Princeton’s plasma physics lab. (The campaign’s bumper stickers read, “My Congressman IS a rocket scientist.”)
Reason number two. This is a man who worked for years on Saturday Night Live.
Compared to John Belushi, that pissant Harry Reid should be cake.