Al Franken has recently announced that he's leaving his radio show on Air America and will soon make a decision about his candidacy for a Senate run in '08. Most rumors point to the fact that he will make a stab at the nation's capitol, which may cause concern for voters.
Now I liked Franken's first book a lot. It was a funny and somewhat insightful read, if not overwhelmingly naive and biased. The rest of his books were less enjoyable as he moved from satire to being a political know it all where anyone claiming to be a Democrat seemed angelic in his view while Republicans were naturally too busy to run a fiscal budget as they were drinking the blood of orphans.
After listening to his miserable radio show I all but given up on the once talented SNL writer. The strong possibility of him entering public office does amuse me, but frighten me a little. Granted one could argue that less qualified people have occupied a Senate seat, hell we even have a former Klan member that's still a federal legislator, but shouldn't the voters demand more experienced, and more reasoned, candidates? Isn't it time we abandon our love of celebrity when our nation's political future is at stake?
Then I remembered he will be running in Minnesota and all ideas of a race involving intelligent, reasoned discourse were abandoned. Good luck St Paul!
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Comedian Al Franken to Run for Senate