Wednesday, July 8, 2009


It’s Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) now, 246 days after the election.

Flanked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale, Franken received a standing ovation from family members, supporters and others in the public galleries. Vice President Joe Biden offered his congratulations, and a packed Senate gallery that included Franken’s wife, Franni, erupted into hugs and applause.

Best wishes from a former Minnesota resident and son of a native Minnesotan.

Josh Marshall does have one lament; the comedian Al Franken is no more. TPM takes a stroll down memory lane and visits some of the new senator’s lighter moments, including a star turn as Mick Jagger.

Of course the Republicans are still griping about the “stolen” election (see below). I offer them the same advice they gave me in 2000: get over it.