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How Al Franken Got America to Take Him Seriously

The Minnesota senator’s new book explores his strange career path from Saturday Night Live to Congress.
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In many ways, Al Franken is the perfect interlocutor for this odd current moment,  with its attendant Kathy Griffin press conferences and presidential gripes at Rosie O’Donnell and Onion headlines come true. When it’s hard to distinguish between a real Senate hearing and Saturday Night Live, get you a man who can do both. Franken, a 15-year veteran of the NBC comedy show, and, most recently, a two-term U.S. senator from Minnesota, certainly has some insight into the contemporary era of dysfunction. Or, as he succinctly summarizes it late in Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, his seventh book, “Lately, things have been trending crapshow.”

The most remarkable thing about Giant of the Senate, though, is how neatly (and disconcertingly) it fuses two completely disparate

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