Now that it looks like Al Franken is going to win the Minnesota Senate race, legal challenges pending, I’m left to ponder the concept of Senator Franken. On the face of it there is nothing special about Franken’s candidacy. Plenty of other actors have held political officer after all. I think what I find so outlandish about Franken is that he wasn’t just an actor, wasn’t just a comedian, he was, is, a political satirist. Taking swipes at politicians was how he paid the bills, and now to think he probably going to be a United States Senator just makes me giggle with incredulity. I hope the courts sort out the final tally as quickly as possible — though unlike Reid you’ll never see me calling for Coleman to just give up; it smacks too much of a Florida reversal — and Senator Franken can get down to the business of legislating, because gosh darnit people like him.