Al Franken’s long on-again, off-again association with Saturday Night Live was always hit or miss for me. I never really got the Franken and Davis skits. He tended to lapse into tedious self-loathing, which sunk his promising sitcom Lateline. His books suck.
On the flip side, Stuart Smalley was a brilliant character, and he got a lot of mileage out of the “one-man mobile uplink unit.”
So could I accept him as a senator from Minnesota? Seems less silly than electing Jesse Ventura governor, anyway.
Also made me wonder if I could take any other SNL stars seriously in politics. Dana Carvey made a few political comments in his stand-up, but I didn’t buy it. Chris Rock says plenty of provocative things as a comedian he could never, ever say in a campaign.
I might go with Tina Fey, just on intellect and demeanor.