Al Franken was sworn in as a United States Senator a couple of hours ago. It’s hard to imagine that anyone as unqualified by experience and temperament as Franken has been a Senator during our modern history. The Associated Press begins its account:
Al Franken became a senator on Tuesday, completing the transformation from comedian to politician.
That remains to be seen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota’s other Senator, introduced Franken:
“He’s demonstrated to Minnesotans that he takes his new job seriously,” she said.
I’m trying, unsuccessfully, to remember the last time the public needed to be assured that a new Senator takes his job seriously. It could be a long six years.
PAUL adds: A long five-and-a-half years, you mean.