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McConnell gives Franken a piece of his mind

By Paul Kane

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) a piece of his mind Thursday afternoon, believing that the former comedian had mocked McConnell's floor speech opposing the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

In the final moments of debate, Franken was the presiding officer over the chamber -- just as he was when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed almost a year ago to the day. During McConnell's roughly 10-minute speech, according to observers, Franken was shifting in his seat and, McConnell believed, gasping and mocking his speech. Once he finished his speech, McConnell left the GOP leader's podium and walked around the main desk of the Senate, waving to Franken so the two could speak, observers said.

"This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al," McConnell told Franken sternly, according to those familiar with the exchange.

Franken, a former writer and actor on NBC's late-night comedy show, has spent most of his first year in the Senate trying to be a serious legislator, declining to talk to national press on almost every issue.

Franken told Politico he tried to apologize later in person in McConnell's office. "The leader thought I was disrespectful while he was giving his speech on General Kagan," Franken said in a statement. "He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully. I went directly to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn't there, so I've sent him a handwritten note."

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He can't give Frankin a piece of his mind. If McConnell did, there would be nothing left.

Posted by: shadocat | August 9, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

No. More like the Keystone Cops!

Posted by: BirdsAbound | August 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Typical republican hypocrisy. The Republicans think it's just fine for them to criticize the President at every turn. They have not shown him the slightest respect, mostly contempt. McConnel is just another Republican hypocrite. They remind me of half baked parents "do as I say not as I do".

McConnel, Boehner, Bachman, Palin et al are in constant campaign mode even when they're in office and the show such contempt not only for the Administration but for any taxpayer/voter who doesn't agree with them.

What goes around comes around, but what scares me about the Republicans is the hypocrisy and the lies they've been telling since McCarthy. It's the only way they can win along with lots of help from they're very rich friends and big energy and they have middle class constituents who are blind and stupid enough to vote for them.

One good thing is that they still have managed to get their one dream and that's an autocracy. They're real problem with the likes of Castro is that they have yet to pull off that same kind of coup here, thank God for democracy otherwise we'd be under the thumb of the NRA, Christians and the rich people who have through the entire last Republican regime given our jobs away to Asia. EIE.

Posted by: davidbronx | August 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Mitch should be careful giving out pieces of his mind. There's not much there to begin with.

Posted by: JohninConnecticut | August 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Paul Kane begins his article by saying that Mitch McConnell gave Al Franken, "a piece of his mind". Wow! Now that's surprising on 2 counts: 1)I have never seen "concrete" evidence---that he had a mind----concrete, likely, but in the sense that a mind is the driver of one's mentality I think the jury is still out on that issue. 2)And if he gave Senator Franken a "piece" of that "mind" it must have ranked in all of the annals of gift giving, one of the very smallest proffers ever tendered.

Mitch McConnell is my candidate for the individual that has gone farther with fewer attributes than anyone around. Talk about "efficiency". He is it!

Posted by: althepiper1 | August 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell - Rep/Tn - Sen.Minority "leader"...(Homer Simpson..."Duh...?)
John Boehner - Rep/Oh - "House Mouth"/"Tan in a can man"...(again, Homer Simpson..."Duh...?)

"How small the greatest of cowards, of fools..."

It was Cheney who told America;"...if we don't take them (terrorists) out over there, they will be on every main street in America..."

He was right is this statement.

However, it wasn't foreign terrorists.
It is Republicans...congressional terrorists.

Creating wars, sending America's youth, it's very future, to propagate these political terrorists wallets/bank accounts.

It was Cheney, telling America; "...the Iraq war would not be paid by one dime of American taxes but would instead be paid by royalties from the sale of Iraq oil."

It was Cheney, telling America; "...the republicans have all the right answers. The Democrats have nothing to offer."

It is, then, the Bush/Cheney administration that has propelled America into it's current administrative mess.

It is these, the 40 republican senators and a handful of house republicans, (John Boehner, et-all) who constantly and continually create and build political road blocks hoping to prevent/destroy the Obama Administration from any attempt to 'HEAL' America from the past republican eight (8) years of total and complete destruction.

Then, these same terrorists claim denial, like..."I didn't do this"; "It's not my fault"; "I didn't know"; "I was pressured".

My comments:

"No person is so grand, so wise, so perfect as to be master of another..."

"We suffer the consequences of history so that we may learn history..."

...the end?

Posted by: Nipit | August 7, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell - Rep/Tn - Sen.Minority "leader"...(Homer Simpson..."Duh...?)
John Boehner - Rep/Oh - "House Mouth"/"Tan in a can man"...(again, Homer Simpson..."Duh...?)

"How small the greatest of cowards, of fools..."

It was Cheney who told America;"...if we don't take them (terrorists) out over there, they will be on every main street in America..."

He was right is this statement.

However, it wasn't foreign terrorists.
It is Republicans...congressional terrorists.

Creating wars, sending America's youth, it's very future, to propagate these political terrorists wallets/bank accounts.

It was Cheney, telling America; "...the Iraq war would not be paid by one dime of American taxes but would instead be paid by royalties from the sale of Iraq oil."

It was Cheney, telling America; "...the republicans have all the right answers. The Democrats have nothing to offer."

It is, then, the Bush/Cheney administration that has propelled America into it's current administrative mess.

It is these, the 40 republican senators and a handful of house republicans, (John Boehner, et-all) who constantly and continually create and build political road blocks hoping to prevent/destroy the Obama Administration from any attempt to 'HEAL' America from the past republican eight (8) years of total and complete destruction.

Then, these same terrorists claim denial, like..."I didn't do this"; "It's not my fault"; "I didn't know"; "I was pressured".

My comments:

"No person is so grand, so wise, so perfect as to be master of another..."

"We suffer the consequences of history so that we may learn history..."

...the end?

Posted by: Nipit | August 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Saturday night live could never be as funny as listenting to congress, especially when people like McConnell bloviate. Go to Senate web site, and find that speech Mitch gave, now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

Posted by: colonel-dan | August 7, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Sen McConnell - go easy. Those convicted felons who packed the ballot box and voted Franken into office may come after you.

Posted by: IQ168 | August 7, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Actually, what happened was that McConnell saw his image in a mirror and thought it was Kermit the Frog.

Posted by: dubhlaoich | August 6, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

IQ168 must have accidently hit the one button in stead of the I button. He probably meant to write, I Q 68 for my IQ is 68.

Posted by: rbeigher | August 6, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

IQ168 must have accidently hit the one button in stead of the I button. He probably meant to write, I Q 68 for my IQ is 68.

Posted by: rbeigher | August 6, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Frankin's reply should have been, "You coulda' fooled me, Mitch." McConnell if from my home state and he constant embarrassment.

Posted by: hebintn | August 6, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator Franken did the right thing. I commend him. The majority of comments on here are quite laughable as nearly every comment from either side is insulting to either Senator.
That said, IQ 168, for every point above IQ 120, common sense is exponentially diminished.

Posted by: mnconstituent | August 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

IQ168 or whatever score you wish TO GIVE YOURSELF...regardless of your IQ your post reveals an incredible mental midget! You posted:

"The left (progressives, demonkrats, socialists, marxist communists, communitarians, fascists, totalitarians - whatever they are calling themselves this year) simply attack the person."

And you show not even a scintilla of class.
You make up a bunch of namecalling crap...and then accuse the left of calling names...and the "whatever we're calling ourselves" You don't care what we're calling ourselves and you are ignorant about the policies we propose because as had been said a million times the truth has a liberal bias. And it's obvious I.Q. 16.8 you can't handle the truth!!!

No IQ 16.8 you don't care what we call ourselves or anything about us...you show zero respect even though our side DID WIN THE FREAKING ELECTION...and IQ 16.8 you are guilty of the most common republican abuse of all....it's called PROJECTION MORON. You don't get to spend the majority of your post calling people insulting names and then crack on those people for doing of all things name calling.

You are a true intellectual embarrassment I.Q. 16.8! You sound like the morons on the right who carp about messing with the Constitution at the same time YOUR party is trying AMEND (that means change I.Q. 16.8) the Constitution not just with one amendment but TWO. Do you understand what it means I.Q 16.8 when you go around organizing to change the Constitution not once but twice while the other party has no plans to amend it! And Conservatives have the ignorance to say the ones who don't wish to change to Constitution are the ones who are fooling around with the Constitution.

That is called PROJECTION...The R's and Faux news main weapon of misinformation.

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

McConnell, he of weak-chin, should apologize for being who and what he is.

Posted by: kinkysr | August 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

IQ168 or whatever score you wish TO GIVE YOURSELF...regardless of your IQ your post reveals an incredible mental midget! You posted:

"The left (progressives, demonkrats, socialists, marxist communists, communitarians, fascists, totalitarians - whatever they are calling themselves this year) simply attack the person."

And you show not even a scintilla of class.
You make up a bunch of namecalling crap...and then accuse the left of calling names...and the "whatever we're calling ourselves" You don't care what we're calling ourselves and you are ignorant about the policies we propose because as had been said a million times the truth has a liberal bias. And it's obvious I.Q. 16.8 you can't handle the truth!!!

No IQ 16.8 you don't care what we call ourselves or anything about us...you show zero respect even though our side DID WIN THE FREAKING ELECTION...and IQ 16.8 you are guilty of the most common republican abuse of all....it's called PROJECTION MORON. You don't get to spend the majority of your post calling people insulting names and then crack on those people for doing of all things name calling.

You are a true intellectual embarrassment I.Q. 16.8! You sound like the morons on the right who carp about messing with the Constitution at the same time YOUR party is trying AMEND (that means change I.Q. 16.8) the Constitution not just with one amendment but TWO. Do you understand what it means I.Q 16.8 when you go around organizing to change the Constitution not once but twice while the other party has no plans to amend it! And Conservatives have the ignorance to say the ones who don't wish to change to Constitution are the ones who are fooling around with the Constitution.

That is called PROJECTION...The R's and Faux news main weapon of misinformation.

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Are the people posting here stupid or are you supposed to post the same thing over and over?

Posted by: sesit | August 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, both Houses seem like Saturday Night Live .... and we get to pick up the tab.

Posted by: onehanded | August 6, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

ThomasFiore wrote:
"Franken could just as easily be described as a person who came from modest means who worked to graduate from one of the greatest universities in the world after which he made himself wealthy in private industry. After making his way in the world he has now devoted himself to public service."

That is absolutely brilliant, ThomasFiore!!! (And it certainly places Sarah Palin in a dismal light)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"During McConnell's roughly 10-minute speech, according to observers, Franken was shifting in his seat and, McConnell believed, gasping and mocking his speech."

And in similar news, Michaele Salahi thinks Whoopi Goldberg's light tap on the shoulder during "The View" was an assault.

Considering that McConnell comes from the party that had a House member shout "You lie" at President Obama during a joint House-Senate gathering, I'd say that ol' Mitch doesn't have much grounds to complain about a little squirming by Franken.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 6, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Franken could just as easily be described as a person who came from modest means who worked to graduate from one of the greatest universities in the world after which he made himself wealthy in private industry. After making his way in the world he has now devoted himself to public service.
Would it be uncharacteristic for a self made man to not suffer fools or foolishness? Face it, this debate was over and nothing that Mr. McConnell said was going to change the debate or be remembered so all McConnell was doing was acting in the grand tradition of the Senate by wasting time.
The ironic thing here is that Mr. Franken has been acting as a person of serious intent should and it is the Republicans, led by Mr. McConnell, who need the direction to act as the leadership of our great country.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | August 6, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't let Al get to you Mitch. Just keep reminding yourself

"I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And dog gone it, people voted for me."

That ought to do the trick.

Posted by: HenryDrummond | August 6, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't let Al get to you Mitch. Just keep reminding yourself

"I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And dog gone it, people voted for me."

That ought to do the trick.

Posted by: HenryDrummond | August 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Franken apologized like a man. Let's see if McConnell accepts like a man. Doubtful.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't spare a piece of his mind, that's all he has.

Posted by: jama452 | August 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but the Republicans had a member shout from the floor during a State of the a Presidential address to Congress and the Repubs were all jumping to that jerk's defense. Then you had a Republican Supreme Court Justice mocking the President during a State of the Union. Of course all of the conservatives came to the defense to Alito. Sorry folks decorum is decorum for all, that is why you have something called decorum, so debate of opposing ideas can occur with mutual respect. If McConnell is going to demand respect he needs to show respect and enforce it amoung his membership. And, good for Franken for sending a handwritten note of apology, even if McConnell is unwilling to acknowledge his responsiblity for maintaining decorum.

Posted by: merrylees | August 6, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

That's the most clever thing he could think to say????! Franken left SNL a gazillion years ago, has had full career since, and Mc says "this isn't SNL, Al"?????????

Posted by: tjconnor | August 6, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

ozpunk: are you posting from the Faux News echo chamber?

Posted by: theSeaHawk | August 6, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Simply read these posts. The left (progressives, demonkrats, socialists, marxist communists, communitarians, fascists, totalitarians - whatever they are calling themselves this year) simply attack the person. They cannot discuss on the merits of their ideas. GOD forbid they might have a constructive concept. It is sad, it is bereft of brain and it is apparent. Remember in November.

Posted by: IQ168 | August 6, 2010 10:59 AM
_______________________________________
And you're claiming the name-calling is coming from the LEFT? Do you read the drivel you write before you hit the "Submit" button?

Posted by: luridone | August 6, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor Mitch McConnell. He is so put upon.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | August 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I didn't hear McConnell objecting when a GOP rep interrupted the State of the Union speech to accuse the president of lying.

Posted by: hairguy01 | August 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Earn respect. Get respect.

Posted by: theSeaHawk | August 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Franken proved he is a better man than most of the posters here.
He apologized because he knew he had been wrong.
And if you know anything about him at all, you know he would never have apologized unless he actually had.
Learn something from him and stop treating it all like a game.

Posted by: Elisa2 | August 6, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone with at least half a brain take seriously what Mitch McConnell says on the Senate floor?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 6, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

WOW - I love all these comments about Boehner giving a "piece" of his mind to Franken. John Boehner has got to be one of the most revolting people to appear on national television. I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one who thinks he has such a teeny tiny mind. Possibly the rest of his brain has been destroyed by UV rays and booze. I know this a low-blow personally attacking a senator, but jeez, he ASKS for it!

Posted by: annieb346 | August 6, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Mitch "no mouth" Mcconnell should get a 'mouth job' or something.

He looks positively wierd with that tiny, nonmoving mouth.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | August 6, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't carry Al's athletic supporter. What a joke the regressive republi-WON'T Party of NO! has become. I hope the Democrats realize that they don't NEED them and start to ram through their agenda like the bushniks and cheneyites did during their eight,long, murderous years running our,once great,Nation into the ground.

Posted by: billnbillieskid | August 6, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Mcdoodle gave Franken a piece of his mind, then Boehner told Franken everything that HE knew, but it didn't take any longer!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | August 6, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to keep a straight face when a GOPer has the floor...especially McConnell.
I'm sure Franken tried but there's only so much an intelligent adult can take.

Posted by: theobserver4 | August 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

McConnell gave Franken a piece of his mind?

That must've been a short exchange.

or

He accidentally gave him the whole thing while trying to speak.

Posted by: theobserver4 | August 6, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wait, could that be construed as mocking McConnell? I sure hope so.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | August 6, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Handwritten notes? What is this junior high?

Posted by: ozpunk | August 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Handwritten notes? What is this junior high?

Posted by: ozpunk | August 6, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) a piece of his mind Thursday afternoon"

Bet that didn't take long.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | August 6, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Handwritten notes? What is this junior high?

Posted by: ozpunk | August 6, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

McConnell and his minions, who appear to hate America and it's working men and women if you look at their VOTING RECORDS, NEED to be insulted for that is exactly what THEY DO TO AMERICANS EVERY DAY.

Posted by: iheardthisbefore | August 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Can McConnell really afford to give anyone a piece of his mind? He has so little to begin with....

Posted by: nadinem | August 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Can McConnell really afford to give anyone a piece of his mind? He has so little to begin with....

Posted by: nadinem | August 6, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Can McConnelll really afford to give anyone a piece of his mind? He has so little to begin with....

Posted by: nadinem | August 6, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Al...

When you are wrong or perceived to be wrong, then admit it and apologize.

It takes a big man to do that.

I am proud of you.

Posted by: celested91 | August 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The entire level of discourse here is disturbingly low. Here is the actual video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHBfiqlexx8

Judge for yourself what we the people need to save America.
Posted by: abqcleve | August 6, 2010 12:25 PM
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Your indignation is way overblown. Talk to me when Dick Cheney apologizes to Patrick Leahy. Let me know when Joe Wilson has apologized to the President. Those two were way, way worse but that's OK isn't it? Courtesy is only required of Democrats.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 6, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

McConnell deserves every bit of ridicule he gets. He is a mindless right-wing toad.

Posted by: Rokker | August 6, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THAT MCCONNELL AND THE OTHER REPUBLICANS ARE JOKES. ALL ONE NEEDS TO DO TO ARRIVE AT THIS CONCLUSION IS WATCH THE KAGAN CONFIRMATION HEARINGS.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | August 6, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The entire level of discourse here is disturbingly low. Here is the actual video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHBfiqlexx8

Judge for yourself what we the people need to save America.

Posted by: abqcleve | August 6, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why would McConnell give Franken a piece of his mind? He doesn't have any to spare.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 6, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What would be a comedy if it were not so tragic and destructive, is the republicans trying to convince the American people they are representing us and care about our survival.
They have obstructed everything that would create more jobs, bring integrity to our financial system and put our country back on it's feet. The ONLY things they support are Wall St and the rich.
They are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

Posted by: kathlenec | August 6, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

After pondering the issue being discussed here, I would like to raise the level of discourse in this thread by saying, haha, Franken got a spankin'!

Posted by: RossOdom | August 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is on President Obama's blog. I come here to read about The Obama.

Where is The Obama's comment?

Racist pigs won't even ask him for a comment will you, racists?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is an outrage!!! It is one thing to shout out loud, to call the President a liar, or tell Pat Leahy to go F' himself, but when someone snickers at Mitch McConnell's smug, self-righteous, phoniness, that is going TOO FAR!!! TOO FAR, I TELL YOU!!!

Posted by: daweeni | August 6, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch, go back to scratching your privates.

Conservaturds and RepubliCANTS: I'll dumb it down for ya:

"Boo hoo boo hoo"

Whine, whimper, you hate America, pouty lip, tears welling in his eyes, like when his Mommy said he couldn't have all the cookies.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 6, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is a baby. He can badmouth the Democrats but he can't take it. Give me a break!

Posted by: davpenjas | August 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

...This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al," McConnell told Franken sternly, according to those familiar with the exchange.

He continued..."In an austere body like the Senate, we let each other babble on like self-important d-bags without mocking each other. Actions like that will not be tolerated and could ruin the reputation of the most ridiculous legislative body in the world."

Posted by: jetrain | August 6, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell, Obstructionist in Chief.

Posted by: goldcountryguy | August 6, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I love it when people who think they are sooooooooo witty are plainly too dumb to know how to use a website's posting comment feature...like the dolt who posted this 3x in a row:


Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Blurred | August 6, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

McConnell doesn't have a piece to spare as is evident every time he opens his mouth.

Posted by: orange31 | August 6, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

When was Ms. Kagen promoted to a general?

Posted by: epjp1987 | August 6, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"Franken, a former writer and actor on NBC's late-night comedy show, has spent most of his first year in the Senate trying to be a serious legislator, declining to talk to national press on almost every issue."

Sometimes the skewing of news is evident; this is a case in point.

1. Are you saying that Franken is trying but is failing. It appears you are not saying he succeeded. What do you mean by "trying"? Do you have some evidence that he has failed to comport himself as a serious legislator? If so, tell us; if not, your choice of "trying" is at least misleading.

2. You present the key indicator of an effort to be a serious legislator as his "declining to talk to national press on almost every issue." This is either simply bizarre or shamefully grandiose. Are you saying that legislators who talk to the national press are not serious legislators?

I assume you will report on Scott Brown and his relative level of being clothed as a significant factor in his performance.

Perhaps you should study humor and comedy. The press has demonstrated a disturbing inability to understand its utility or impact, with a bit of a smirk about Franken's history. Have you read his books? I suspect that these days Jon Stewart has a more compelling impact on the nation than the author of this piece.

Posted by: pbkritek | August 6, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Mitch McConnell could afford to give Al Franken a piece of his mind. If he does that a couple of more times, he won't have any left. (Some people think he gave it all away long ago.)

Posted by: adreed | August 6, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Mitch's shortcomings, with apologies to the Wizard of Oz:
I could while away the hours, conferin' with the flowers, consultin' with the rain. And my head I'd be scratchin' while my thoughts were busy hatchin', if I only had a chin.

Posted by: DrFish | August 6, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Franken, the joke of the Senate, visited his shrink yesterday after the Senate scolding.

His shrink confirmed: "Al, you're plainly crazy".

Tsken aback, idiot radical Al said: "I want a second opinion before the voters recall me for being crazy."

His shrink said: "OK, you're ugly and stupid too".

Posted by: Patriot12 | August 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

So McConnell (Senior Republican Phart in the Senate) gave Franken a "piece" of his mind? Didn't know this pathetic excuse for a human being had any gray matter to spare - now he's brainless AND worthless. GO FRANKEN!!!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | August 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Franken has good manners for the Left.

That's like being the world's tallest midget.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | August 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell has met his Waterloo in Senator Franken. Senator Franken is a gifted comedian and with that comes brains and intellect. Senator McConnell on the other hand is a blowhard and a bore. I don't think there was a need for an apology.

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | August 6, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Simply read these posts. The left (progressives, demonkrats, socialists, marxist communists, communitarians, fascists, totalitarians - whatever they are calling themselves this year) simply attack the person. They cannot discuss on the merits of their ideas. GOD forbid they might have a constructive concept. It is sad, it is bereft of brain and it is apparent. Remember in November.

Posted by: IQ168 | August 6, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

McConnell needs to earn respect. McConnell would have been a slave owner, no problem. DeMint would have been a slave owner, no problem. The senate is full of dreary old men.

Posted by: citizen625 | August 6, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

McConnell needs to earn respect. McConnell would have been a slave owner, no problem. Sessions, a slave owner, no problem. DeMint, slave owner, no problem. The senate is full of dreary old men with no conscience.

Posted by: citizen625 | August 6, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is a parody of himself.

Posted by: herrbrahms | August 6, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is a chicken necked weasel. I openly mock him. Voters HAD to have elected him for his brains because it sure isn't his looks. Come to think of it, he DOES look better than that paltry brain, only capable of uttering the word "no."

Posted by: md83 | August 6, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, you know, we may be on to something.

Let's Get Lewis Black in here to mock McConnell.

Or, let Matt Stone and Trey Parker at him for a South Park episode!

Let the fun begin!

Posted by: trenda | August 6, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

We have to watch McConnell the clown calling an expiring tax break for the wealthy a tax increase. Now that he sees some SNL clowning he's hot under the collar. Senators had better be serious at all times when conducting the people's business.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 6, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, considering the ridiculous "shtep bah shtep" arguemnts McConnell makes no wonder that sane people think it was SNL. The same goes for senator Boner (no matter how hard he tries to pronounce his name, he is still a miserable Boner).

Posted by: analyst72 | August 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

We have to watch McConnell the clown calling an expiring tax break for the wealthy a tax increase. Now that he sees some SNL clowning he's hot under the collar. Senators had better be serious at all times when conducting the people's business.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

We have to watch McConnell the clown calling an expiring tax break for the wealthy a tax increase. Now that he sees some SNL clowning he's hot under the collar. Senators had better be serious at all times when conducting the people's business.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, considering the ridiculous "shtep bah shtep" arguemnts McConnell makes no wonder that sane people think it was SNL. The same goes for senator Boner (no matter how hard he tries to pronounce his name, he is still a miserable Boner).

Posted by: analyst72 | August 6, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Well, considering the ridiculous "shtep bah shtep" arguemnts McConnell makes no wonder that sane people think it was SNL. The same goes for senator Boner (no matter how hard he tries to pronounce his name, he is still a miserable Boner).

Posted by: analyst72 | August 6, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

We have to watch McConnell the clown calling an expiring tax break for the wealthy a tax increase. Now that he sees some SNL clowning he's hot under the collar. Senators had better be serious at all times when conducting the people's business.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 6, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Nice job Minnesota voters. Al Franken in the U.S. Senate is like George Plimpton playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
Posted by: fastaire
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??? Your analogy makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Franken being elected to the Senate is nothing at all like Plimpton playing for the Lions.

Posted by: overed | August 6, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Nice job Minnesota voters. Al Franken in the U.S. Senate is like George Plimpton playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

Posted by: fastaire | August 6, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Franken, a former writer and actor on NBC's late-night comedy show, has spent most of his first year in the Senate trying to be a serious legislator"

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Paul, you're a dick. Just do your job and keep the smarmy jabs to yourself.

Thanks!

Posted by: zukermand | August 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"Franken, a former writer and actor on NBC's late-night comedy show, has spent most of his first year in the Senate trying to be a serious legislator."

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Paul, you're a dick. Just do your job and keep the smarmy jabs to yourself.

Thanks!

Posted by: zukermand | August 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a "CLOWN"!

Posted by: blueleadermike | August 6, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Maybe McConnel and Camp should stop behaving as clowns on the job and they would not come across as a skit from SNL. Only, they are not so funny.

Posted by: nana4 | August 6, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Acting out like a child at an elementary school assembly. It is the place of an adult to correct such behavior.

Posted by: gibiphone | August 6, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

A good dose of humility and reality would benefit all of the prima donnas in the US Senate. So Al thought Mitch's speech was crap, what's the big deal? At least Al didn't yell liar at him. The phony collegiality of the Senate, which is evident on CSPAN, is nauseating. The pompous gasbags who mouth platitudes and talking points need a pin stuck in them once in a while. In this case, Al provided the pin. However, groveling to Mitch afterwards was rather unseemly.

Posted by: JoeinCarolina | August 6, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Maybe McConnel and Camp should stop behaving as clowns on the job and they would not come across as a skit from SNL. Only, they are not so funny.

Posted by: nana4 | August 6, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Every Senator deserves respect from the presiding officer while the Senator has the floor. There are no exceptions. The institution does not work if basic rules of this kind are disregarded.

Sen. Franken was right to recognize his error and promptly offer an apology to Sen. McConnell. I don't draw any ideological or political conclusions from this incident, and recognize inexperience with the procedures of an institution like the Senate can trip up new members of that body who came to politics from other professions, as Franken did. Insisting on standards of behavior does not mean we have to make a mountain out of every molehill.

Posted by: jbritt3 | August 6, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

thebump wrote:
When you let a worthless comedian steal an election, you end up with a joker presiding over the U.S. Senate.
Of course, that would happen anyway.
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When you let a worthless alcoholic, "Gentleman's C" student, service evading, son of a President, brother of the Governor of the determinative state steal an election, you end up with a joker presiding over the U.S. Of course, that would have happened anyway.

Posted by: overed | August 6, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Stuart, I hear Charlie Rangel's looking for some seats to fill at his birthday bash and you could provide some real levity. After all, being applauded by prisoners living and dead is truly a talent you displayed in your election.

Posted by: ravenswood | August 6, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

McConnell makes sound bite rhetoric statements and he's offended that Franken was moving around in his chair..

Sheesh what a sensitive guy! It's more like he needs sensitivity training..

Posted by: beeker25 | August 6, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

When you let a worthless comedian steal an election, you end up with a joker presiding over the U.S. Senate.

Of course, that would happen anyway.

Posted by: thebump | August 6, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Franken is representative of the mindless generation that elected the Narcissist-in-Chief; wise-cracking, disresepectful, oblivious to the traditions of the United States. Byrd would have taken him apart except that Byrd too was a Democrat.

Posted by: mhr614 | August 6, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is a laughingstock. I would be laughing at him too. No worries, Al.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 6, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh Mitch, you old bag of bones. We do make fun of you, you talk funny and act funny. Your a classic annoying old conservative stuck in your ways of helping the big evil corps. and helping the super rich get richer.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | August 6, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I am reminded that cream and scum both rise to the top. Choose your own interpretation of that. Associate that as you will.

Posted by: Geezer4 | August 6, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is an idiot, and he can't spare a piece of his mind. There is so little of it.
And it's hard not to mock someone who acts like a cartoon character. Republicants have such thin skin, and hollow heads.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | August 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

RESPECT IS EARNED

McConnell made it was you didn't believe what you were saying

It seems all the politicians are very senitive about what people think of them them!!!!NOT WHAT AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT OR THINK

CRY BABIES SHOULD GO HOME

Posted by: theoldmansays | August 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The apology attempt is a good enough effort.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | August 6, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is a mean, shrivelled old white crank.

Honestly, the look on his face (it never changes) says, "I haven't had a bowel movement in three years."

I show his picture to my children when they misbehave.

The guy is like Archie Bunker's meaner brother.

How could ANYONE with a single ounce of humanity NOT mock Mitch McConnell?


Posted by: trenda | August 6, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

We should bring back the antebellum methods of settling disputes in the Senate: either a stiff caning or a duel at ten paces.

Posted by: anti1 | August 6, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

It strikes me that Mitch is just posturing for sympathy for the Right, playing the victim. His arguments are egregiously specious, and, because he knows his speeches to be full of lies, his mendacity deserves to be mocked.

To Mitch, it simply doesn't matter what legislation comes before the Senate, nor does the suffering of the American people matter to him; all that matters is his petty opposition to any positive outcome for the nation, for as long as Democrats are the party in power.

McConnell is a pathetic paradox, loyal only to division, pragmatic only in finding ways to paralyze the federal government, and willing to blatantly compromise his oath of office, to disserve the American people, so that he can satisfy his hunger to be majority leader.

Mitch McConnell is a creature of petty self-importance that overrides the duties of his office, who places his personal ambitions above the good of his constituents or the good of the nation as a whole. He is a pathetically corrupt creature who may be pitied, but who should not be indulged in his corruption.

He must not become majority leader. His ruthless mendacity makes him morally unfit for the office of Senator.

Posted by: lonquest | August 6, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Franken is a buffoon and contributes substantially to the dumbing down of congress !!!!
Posted by: Nancianne
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How and why is Franken a buffoon? And how exactly does he contribute to the dumbing down of Congress? Would you mind explaining your comment?

Posted by: overed | August 6, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

neither the link nor Kane's blog entry tell us what Franken said. Instead we get the usual horse race garbage, but without half of the horse race. Why this has to be about McConnell "coming out on top" is mystifying, except as another example of the Post going out of its way to curry favor with GOP Hill staffers. Kane is signalling that he wants to be as shallow and co-opted as Shalaigh Murray or Perry Bacon. Why the Posties feel compelled to grovel for gruel like this is beyond me, but it's more proof that the Post is just a bloated, unprofitable shadow of its former self.

Posted by: thebuckguy | August 6, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure McConnell gave Franken a very small piece of his mind...he has so little to spare.

Posted by: pv2bdrco | August 6, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Good old Mitch, the cadaver in waiting.

Posted by: MTgrassland | August 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Frnakin wasn't funny 20 years ago. He's not funny today. But he IS the face of the democrat party.

Posted by: carlbatey | August 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I have not seen the McConnell speech in question. Judging from others I have seen, I can testify it is not humanly possible not to smirk--nay, guffaw--at the gentleman from Kentucky's arguments.

Posted by: tcement | August 6, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Franken is a buffoon and contributes substantially to the dumbing down of congress !!!!

Posted by: Nancianne | August 6, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Geez, if Franken was going to dis McConnell and then apologize to him in private then he should've at least yelled out in public during McConnell's speech, "You lie!!!"

At least get your licks in first.

Posted by: brwntrt | August 6, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Didn't know that Mitch had any mind left over to give to Franken. Making faces? Has he looked lately into a mirror?

He is a sad excuse for a senator, but the republicans are stuck with him.

Posted by: sedlakjf | August 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Does it occur to anyone here that Franken actually agreed with McConnell that Franken was disrespectful? He apologized to McConnell so comments such as "total piece of garbage" and "Loser" and "World Champion Dufus " are out of place.

Posted by: MrBethesda | August 5, 2010 10:02 PM
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Franken was being gracious, that doesn't mean that he agreed that he was disrespectful.

McConnell is a sleazeball and hasn't done anything to earn the respect of anyone.

Posted by: luridone | August 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What is generally not commonly known is that Mitch McConnell is the result of a genetic splicing experiment between a human being and a rat. The unfortunate consequence of this experiment is that McConnell's brain is pretty much dominate by the rat half of his brain to the point that his face has even taking on the appearance of a very large rat. Note the beady, small cunning eyes that are more accustomed to seeking out meals in the pit of an outhouse.

Posted by: jaxas70 | August 6, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Boy we take things a bit too serious! The entire Congress is a joke (both houses-Dems and Reps equally). It's a bad comedy skit...it just needs a little mockery to put it in perspective. Maybe then "We the People" will wise up, realize what's really going on, and find some new representatives who actually hold the values and morals the current group espouses. Should Mr. Franken mock his counter-part from the Chair? No. But give a comedian the room with wind bags galore and it's only a matter of time before he/she attempts to expose some for what they really are...self-agrandizing, weak-minded, bought representatives (not aimed specifically at Mr. McConnell but if the shoe fits). It's definitely time to find new participants for the comedy show inside the Beltway.

Posted by: tim21 | August 6, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

Dan Quayle

Posted by: areyousaying | August 6, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

Dan Quayle

Posted by: areyousaying | August 6, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

My, aren't republicans thinskinned. Since Barack Obama and the democrats came to power, winning a legitimate election by consent of the American voters, republicans like McConnell have acted like spoiled infants having their binkys taken away from them. Whenever the President makes an appearance before Congress, he is routinely treated with exactly the same sort of mockery that McConnell is sniffing about and accusing Al Franken.

Well, suck it it up! Because we are just about fed up to the gills with you right wing crybabies and your blubbery pouting over the outcome of the 2008 election. I would very much like to see some enterprising liberal purchase a sufficient number of binkys and baby rattles and pass them out to every republican and every Tea Party whiner in the country.

Posted by: jaxas70 | August 6, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Decorum was one of the first casualties of Republican attack-style politics. Funny how you don't miss it until it's gone.

I wish it were not so, but decorum should dictate earnest and loyal opposition. What we have today is absurd logic, shouting points and outright lies from McConnell and his compadres.

Le the record show Mitch is leading a minority party that has contributed to the highest level of dysfunction the Senate has ever known.

Carl Levin said it, "...mindless obstructionism..." McConnell should clean up his own decorum (SHOW some respect) if he wants respect.

Posted by: rowens1 | August 6, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Re: McConnell gives Franken a piece of his mind. What does McConnell have left?

Posted by: BeanerECMO | August 6, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is a buffoon deserving of all the mockery that Al Franken, Jon Stewart or anyone else can heap upon him.

Posted by: seldoc1 | August 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

McConnell acts like a spoiled child.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 6, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse


What do you expect when you elect a comedian?

Posted by: nuke41 | August 6, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Stuart Smalley. You're not smart, your not good and gosh darn it, no one likes you.
Posted by: carlbatey

-Actually, a majority of the voters in his home state like him.
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Franken is a bad joke as well as the people who voted for him. No wonder this country is in the trash.
Posted by: NO-bama

-So, why exactly is the Senator from MN a “bad joke”? Because he disagrees with you on how to represent the people that elected him. Why are you and your colleagues right and his supporters wrong?
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Good for McConnell. Someone needed to put that Ugly SquareHead from MN in his place. Franken is a disgrace to his home state of MN.
-Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123

-So, Johnny, apparently you have the looks of a super model? So, what does that have to do with anything…or do you take your commentary advice from 7 year olds? Do not…Do too…Do not…Do Too, PooPoo Head. And, lest we forget, his home state of MN elected him. Apparently his state, and by extrapolation approx. 52% of the country, is inundated with disgraceful and ….what? What terms do you generally use for Democrats or non-Republicans?

Posted by: overed | August 6, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
The only convicted attorney general, in our history, was Nixon's first, John Mitchell!
The only solicitor general, later attorney general, to fire an "independent" prosecutor was Robert Bork!
I am certain that Kagan will be a better justice than Haynesworth or Carswell would have been.
I am curious. Did McConnell ever take the trouble to read Kagan's, or Obama's, birth certificates?
Dwight David Eisenhower was president of Columbia University.
As an intellectual, was he against the military?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | August 6, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
The only convicted attorney general, in our history, was Nixon's first, John Mitchell!
The only solicitor general, later attorney general, to fire an "independent" prosecutor was Robert Bork!
I am certain that Kagan will be a better justice than Haynesworth or Carswell would have been.
I am curious. Did McConnell ever take the trouble to read Kagan's, or Obama's, birth certificates?
Dwight David Eisenhower was president of Columbia University.
As an intellectual, was he against the military?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | August 6, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Giving away a piece of his mind?
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McConnell doesn't have any to spare; and Franken wouldn't know what to do with a mind, even if someone gave him one.
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They're all Senators, the highest form of scum.

Posted by: aerocentral01 | August 6, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Check out the comments - Liberals attack the people with personal insults instead of attacking the event. Name calling and personal insults, that is their speed. Maybe their intelligence exempts them from discussing facts.

Posted by: KevinH3 | August 6, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

OH yes it is SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE !

Where is TINA?

Where is the MAVERICKS VICE PRESIDENT --

I loved it when AL FRANKEN asked GAO if the UNDERCOVER tapes at for profit educational institutions scamming FINANCIAL AID and STUDENTs were edited by Breibart?

CSPAN VIDEO--- HYSTERICAL!

Posted by: sasha2008 | August 6, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

To those confused by the tile "General Kagan," I can only say you must not have watched much of the hearings on this nomination. The Soliciter General is at times referred to as General. Attorneys General who appear before the Supreme Court are addressed the same way. It does seem silly, but it used.

Posted by: areader5 | August 6, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

i'm surprised MgGoo could see Franken doing anything with those coke-bottle, CVS store glasses of his.

Maybe he can get an updated look from Fraulein Palin.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | August 6, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Sen. Franken could have used former Vice-President Dick Cheney's retort to Sen. Patrick Leahy of a few years ago. Maybe I missed it but I don't recall any criticism then forthcoming from Sen. McConnell to Cheney.

Posted by: Robert36 | August 6, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

General Kagan

GENERAL Kagan? GENERAL????

WTF? What did I miss?

Posted by: expat1

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This is what is called "Productivity improvement". Editorial staff replaced by automated spell check: Elena >>> General.

Posted by: James10 | August 6, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

mcconnell the cowardly lion threw a hissy, is this news?

Posted by: calif-joe | August 6, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mitch, a hail and hearty Dick Cheney Senatorial salute to you. It may be poor form for another Senator to mock your depravity, but I am under no such constraint.

Posted by: trippin | August 6, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Excellent post, johnnyapplewhite123. No substance, no thinking.....Just the same old conservative 5th grade style of name calling and giggling after doing it. So clever of you.

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 6, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Excellent post, johnnyapplewhite123. No substance, no thinking.....Just the same old conservative 5th grade style of name calling and giggling after doing it. So clever of you.

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 6, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Franken should just have shouted "You lie!". We all know the Republicans don't consider that disrespectful, don't we.

Posted by: burnedout | August 6, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is ridiculous. He deserves ridicule. It is stupid to take such a man seriously.

Posted by: frodot | August 6, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Franken should have given the old fart the finger.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | August 6, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Good for McConnell. Someone needed to put that Ugly SquareHead from MN in his place. Franken is a disgrace to his home state of MN.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | August 6, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

The left is really messed up over this one. Actually the article they are supposed to be commenting on is very good. As far as I know no one ever disrespected Senator Bird, the biggest and most boring blowhard of all. Franken, well Franken is almost as ugly as Kagan and that's who he should have giggled at.

Posted by: JudiBug | August 6, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

The repugs are all jokes. Look at how they are still screwing the country and they have not stolen the election this time. McConnell is a walking corpse. He is a joker and would do well on Saturday Night Live. The repugs have no shame. They want all the justices to be crooks like thomas, scalia, roberts and alito. The scum.

Posted by: davidsawh | August 6, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

How sad for Mitch McConnell---if he gave a piece of his mind, he obviously has nothing left...now we can all know that he is out of mind.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | August 6, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Who is McConnell to tell anyone they are disrespectful? What a load. Franken should apologize if McConnell's feelings were hurt, but for nothing more. Then, Franken should tell McConnell to grow a thicker skin and then flip him the bird as he walks out of his office.

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 6, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

General Kagan

GENERAL Kagan? GENERAL????

WTF? What did I miss?

Posted by: expat1 | August 6, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

If he was openly disrespectful of McConnell then I wholeheartedly agree with that. McConnell is a ringleader in Congressman Pete Session's "TALIBAN-STYLE INSURGENCY".
He DESERVES far more than disrespect. God forbid I ever have a chance to disrespect him.

Posted by: TOMHERE | August 6, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

Members of the Senate should behave with respect toward each other even when they disagree sharply. So maybe Franken should learn to control his gag reflex, which apparently is manifested by his shifting in his seat.

Of course, members of the Senate should actually do their jobs (the business of the country) so that they deserve that respect. So maybe McConnell should abandon his project of total obstruction, and ALL senators should get over themselves and get to work.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | August 6, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

It's okay to "mock" and "block" 1.7 million unemployed Americans out of their unemployment compensations...Which by the way is deducted out of payroll..However... How dare ANYONE "mocks" "Blindman Mitch"...how un-American and un-Patriotic... and blah blah blah...which is only "hot-air farts" that comes outta their butts!

PLEASE COULD SOMEONE TELL ME IS THERE SOME THING IN THE WATER OVER ON THE LEFT THAT MAKES THESE DEMOCRATS DROP THEIR PANTS TO THEY KNEES...EVERYTIME A RE-TARD-BLI-CANT HOLLOW'S FOUL?

GHEEZ! WHEN ARE THESE GUYS GOING TO GROW A PAIR...OR ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR JOBS THAT THEY PLAYING THE LOSER CARD?..."SILENCE" IS NOT GOLDEN WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS!!!!!!!

Posted by: danders5000 | August 6, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

I still think Pee-wee Herman would have been a better choice than Franken.

Posted by: fury60 | August 6, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

McConnell is a blowhard who doesn't have the sense to know he's an egoistic rectal hatband.

Posted by: Nymous | August 6, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

McConnell and his cohorts are the most disrespectful members of congress, but they can't take the same treatment. Even if Sen. Franken was disrespectful, which he wasn't, Sen. Franken should not apologize to the one person who is the worst of the lot. McConnell who is the epitome of "advancing a political agenda" has the nerve to complain that Ms. Kagan "has worked tirelessly to advance a political agenda." But what can you expect from malcontents who are only in politics to enrich themselves, and not in the best interest of the country. Time to clean house at the next election. Yes we can.

Posted by: CAgal | August 6, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Leaving aside that McConnell has no mind to give a piece of, he is correct. The Senate is not Saturday Nite Live, the Republicans have turned it into Mad TV.

Posted by: notthatdum | August 6, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Sitting through one of these rightard diatribes deserve a medal. If most of us were presiding we would probably have stopped mcconnell half way through and begged him to tell us if he was serious, or if he thinks people are so stupid that tey think anything he is saying has any meaning to anyone with anyhting above a 3rd grade education. His speeches, as all from the right these days, require that you know nothing, and willfully continue to want to know nothing. The gop is the Sgt Shultz party -- "i know nothinggggg, nothingggggggggggggg!"

Posted by: John1263 | August 6, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

mcconnell better be a litle more udicious in giving out pieces of his mind. He is starting with so little he might lose even his autonomic systems if he gives much away.

And mcconnell deserves only mockery, derision and contempt. The President of the United States is gracious enough to sit down with the fetid t e rd who is so instrumental in causing millions to suffer for cheap political gain, and the slimey little turtle head walks out of the meeting snigering like a 3rd grader telling reporters
"na na na na fishy, i'm gonna block the preisident some more by abusing the rules..." mcconnell is pond scum. GO AL!

Posted by: John1263 | August 6, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Since when is shifting in your seat disrespectful, especially when listening to a vainglorious, blow-hard whose only contribution during this Senate session has been to obstruct the Nation's business?

Posted by: Tennessee2 | August 5, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I think Senator McConnell is disrepectful of millions of Americans with whom he disagrees on issues ranging from health care to taxes to climate control to financial regulation to immigration to campaign finance, and on and on. He should listen to himself sometime.

Posted by: Viewpoint2 | August 5, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I listened to a good portion of Senator McConnell's speach and had to walk away. He was dishonest. Senator Franken did not have that option. He was presiding and was stuck in his seat.

Posted by: esch | August 5, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

NOTE TO SENATOR MCCONNELL:

Senator McConnell, you are right. The Senate is NOT "Saturday Night Live," you are running the Minority like it is the "Mickey Mouse Club!"

Signed,
A former Republican Political Director, (NRCC, RNC, RGA).

Posted by: gglenc | August 5, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

McConnell has $30+ million in the bank, real man of the people. Hedge fund cum dumpster. G T F O!

Posted by: sm4269a | August 5, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

But yelling "You Lie!" to the president during a joint session of Congress is, well, just fine. If you want respect McConnell your party needs to have a little respect as well. So far I see little on the republican side, where outright lies are acceptable if it attacks our president. Since when, in America, are lies and disrespect acceptable McConnell? Did you see the birthday wish the RNC sent the president?

You and your party have no right to scold anyone on the topic of being rude. And Franken manned up and offered an apology. When did a republican offer an apology for lying or being disrespectful?

Clean your own house McConnell.

Posted by: Fate1 | August 5, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is a little boy who has lost his way to the boy's lavatory. Imagine, people actually wanted him to be the Senate Minority Leader. Ish. Franken is having fun and at the same time well representing the interests of Minnesotans and the nation. Get used to him, he will be around for two terms, minimum. Turtle head is on the way out, as is the miscreant ideology that he neither understands nor relishes defending, of course. Little boy lost....

Posted by: tuonela | August 5, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Franken is a bad joke as well as the people who voted for him. No wonder this country is in the trash.

Posted by: NO-bama | August 5, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

mc conehead needs to suck it up. man up mcconnell. where was all this respect for the senate, etc. back when "gunner" was telling folks to get f_ucked?

Posted by: spike591011 | August 5, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Stuart Smalley. You're not smart, your not good and gosh darn it, no one likes you.

Posted by: carlbatey | August 5, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

What did McConnell tell Cheney when he used the 'F' word in the well of the Senate?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

If Senator Franken was shifting in his seat, it could be that he was just uncomfortable.

From what I have seen the Senator occupying the Chair shifting to get more comfortable.

No disrespect was probably intended, but only a vanity-laden Senator such as McConnell would take offence.

Posted by: WorkatHomeGuy | August 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

McConnell mocks every American's common sense and shows disrespect for us like we don't know anything. Had more than enough of his barf!

Posted by: tigman_2 | August 5, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Does it occur to anyone here that Franken actually agreed with McConnell that Franken was disrespectful? He apologized to McConnell so comments such as "total piece of garbage" and "Loser" and "World Champion Dufus " are out of place.

Posted by: MrBethesda | August 5, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Mcconnell deserves to be mocked. The man hasn't a clue.Can anyone name one thing that he has done throughout his senate career that was worthwhile? Funny how he can sit there and listen to his gop brethren, like Kyl, lie through their teeth, but has the gall to say he was being mocked. Loser.

Posted by: mikel7 | August 5, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Mcconnell deserves to be mocked. The man hasn't a clue.Can anyone name one thing that he has done throughout his senate career that was worthwhile?

Posted by: mikel7 | August 5, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"McChinless gives Franken a piece of his mind"

Franken then sent his shirt, tie and jacket out for food stain cleaning.

Posted by: knjincvc | August 5, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

McConnell should thank Franken for listening to McConnell's screed. Was there a second senator listening?

Posted by: Dogcatcher | August 5, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

You can expect nothing from Mitch McConnell but hysterical rhetoric designed to please the extreme wing of the Republican party, i.e., the tea baggers. You have to earn respect Mr. McConnell and here you didn't. Senator Franken was being overly gracious to apologize at all.

Posted by: Observer001 | August 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

He does NanP and Reid proud, while acting like a total piece of garbage.

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...and he'll probably still be there after Mitch the World Champion Dufus is gone. Ha.......ha......hah!

Posted by: st50taw | August 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if we took a poll of all Americans what percentage would mock Mitch McConnell.

Posted by: baldinho | August 5, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

McConnell was a total jerk during his speech, quoting the Federalist Papers as if they were law. And if his feelings were hurt, too bad. Hey Mitch, if you don't want to be mocked, keep your mouth shut.

Posted by: MPersow | August 5, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

He does NanP and Reid proud, while acting like a total piece of garbage.

Posted by: zendrell | August 5, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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