Even if Al Franken wins the recount challenge, he may not be the funniest US Senator from Minnesota. At least if this objective, down-the-middle unbiased report from Politico's Anne Schroder Mullins is accurate:
It's a tough crowd. No one really wants to be there, but they don't not want to be there either. Dinner is eaten. Planners are thanked for their planning and attendees for their attending, and then Nancy Pelosi, always radiant, takes the mic and gives a couple of corny jokes: "When Secretary Geithner gets a call from the New York Times he doesn't know if it's for a scoop or a bailout." And Barack Obama's email address is I'mAllEars@WhiteHouse.gov, while Rahm's is LeakLeakLeak@WhiteHouse.gov.And then Klobuchar--who told Politico that she wrote half of her own jokes--stepped up, and things got unexpectedly funny.
"I'd like to make this as short as Bill Richardson's tenure as Commerce Secretary," she opened. "I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends--true story! I know that is the record in the Senate, but in the house it's held by Barney Frank." Roars of laughter, even from Frank.
Then she turned to the "great reporters? in this room--all of whom got scooped on the John Edwards story by the National Enquirer." She promised not to be too rough with them, though, since "I'm all about protecting endangered species." Perhaps best of all: "Typically a Republican and a Democrat speak at this--you could have saved a lot of money by asking Joe Lieberman."
Hmmm...Doesn't really sound like that tough a crowd. I guess you had to be there.
(Thanks to Brad C. for bringing this to our attention.)