Thursday, November 13, 2008

Whaddya Say, Al?

By Tony Mazur

The picture tells the story.

The election has come and gone. Pretty much everything I voted for lost in a blistering landslide (except for Josh Mandel). I understand that it takes a little bit to gather the votes together to be counted, but the election was nine days ago. It's over. Well, at least not in Minnesota.

In 2007, unfunnyman Al Franken announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, taking on reigning senator Norm Coleman. His entire campaign has been corrupt, and, of course, there was no problem. The official count showed Coleman ahead of Franken by 221 votes, which calls for a recount. All of a sudden, ballots have come from nowhere. Get this: they are all Al Franken ballots. Not one for Coleman. Every one of them featured a colored circle next to Franken's name.

Back in 2006, Robin Williams came out with a movie about a Jon Stewart-like talk show host announcing his bid for the presidency. It was one of those movies that featured hilarious promos, but the content was atrocious.

It's a sad world that we live in when a "comedian" is not only running for office, but either coming close to or winning the election. I understand that Ronald Reagan was an actor-turned-politician-turned President, and Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California, but that's a different story. They never forced their political beliefs on anybody. Franken does daily. Hourly. Franken makes Rachel Maddow look like Pat Buchanan.

I wish people acquire more sense after this corrupt election season. Until then, I'm waiting intently to see Andrew Dice Clay run for governor of New York.

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