Al Franken presents the "ditch" speech

The Minnesota senator and former comedian performs his interpretation of the Democratic Party's closing argument

By Alex Pareene
Published October 28, 2010 12:15AM (UTC)
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Sen. Al Franken stopped being funny once he began his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but since taking office he has, every now and then, allowed himself to crack a joke. At a Mark Dayton rally in Minnesota recently, he performed his own version of Barack Obama's now-tiresome "ditch" routine. His lengthier, funnier version.

The danger of this sort of thing is that because Franken is a former professional satirist, this basically sounds like he is mocking the president's (and the party's) message:

Seriously, add one or two more laugh lines and this is superior to every single "Saturday Night Live" political cold open of the last two years.

(The full speech/routine is here.)

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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