U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., spent nearly four decades being funny before defeating incumbent Norm Coleman by 312 votes in the 2008 election.

He immediately set about learning how to not be funny, and it’s apparent whenever watching the now two-term senator speak at hearings (particularly his now-infamous questioning of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos).

“That’s because the election was so close,” Franken told a crowd that had crammed into every conceivable nook and cranny upstairs at the Boulder Book Store on Saturday, most of them to get a signed copy of Franken’s new memoir “Giant of the Senate.”

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“It was a brutal campaign in which they took everything I had ever said or written in 37 years of comedy and put it through a $15 million machine called the ‘dehumorizer,’” he said. “It took all the irony and context out of it. When I got to the Senate, I wanted to show the people of Minnesota, I was serious.”

Franken spoke briefly about how his upbringing informed his liberal politics, but also how he immediately took to liking …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Politics

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