Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

Couple thoughts while watching the Sotomayor hearings…


1. It is really, really strange to see the CNN tagline come up “Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.” I mean, it’s great that Franken is in the Senate; it’s about six months later than it should’ve been because Norm Coleman decided he wanted to be the kid in the corner stamping his feet and screaming “No! I will not go home, and you can’t make me!”, but it’s still nice to see.

But it’s going to take me a while to get the normal Franken image out of my head; my vision of him has always been that of the guy on “Saturday Night Live” during Dennis Miller’s Weekend Update skits, on TV “via satellite” from somewhere (and yes, Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” stole that gimmick) with a yellow space suit on. He’d just keep repeating inanities and saying his name, while Miller tried not to crack up.

2. You want to know where we miss Joe Biden in the Senate? Right here, at a moment like this. No one, and I mean no one, could go on a 20-minute meaningless soliloquy  while trying to ask a question of a Supreme Court nominee like my man Joe.

I would love it when the nominee would actually try to follow his line of thinking, and then after about five minutes their eyes would just kind of glaze over like those of a kid studying algebra for six hours. It was oddly compelling television, because you just never knew when the senior senator from Delaware was going to finish talking. You could take a shower, get dressed, mow the lawn, and come back in the house and Biden would still be rambling.

Then Arlen Specter would be up next, and you’d have time to change your oil before he got his first question out.

I know he’s now VP and all, but couldn’t we get Biden to, like, guest-star back in the Senate for these hearings? Kind of like how Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman came on “Frasier” after “Cheers” went off the air.

If you miss Joe like I do, maybe this old SNL clip will help ease the pain.

Joe, we miss you and your bloviating. Come back!