Go Franken Yourself: Cornyn Clearly No Fan of Stuart Saves the World
Congress gets back to business on Tuesday, and if Texas Republican John Cornyn has anything to say about it, Minnesota will only have one senator seated. That's because Cornyn, about to be installed as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, vowed today to keep Al Franken out of the Senate, going so far as to threaten a filibuster if the former Saturday Night Live writer-performer shows his face in D.C. before the Minnesota senatorial recount is settled in court. Says Cornyn, if Franken were allowed to bring his 50-vote lead to the Senate chambers, well, that would give the Senate a "reputation for chaos." Surely, the NRSC's description of Franken as an "angry liberal" doesn't factor in here at all. --Robert Wilonsky
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