August 6th, 2010
07:58 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP leader to senator: 'This isn't 'Saturday Night Live'


 Sen. Al Franken apologized to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday after being accused of mocking the senior senator. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell complained he mocked him while the latter was delivering a speech opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, was presiding over the Senate at the time of the speech, a McConnell aide confirmed to CNN.

"This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al," McConnell warned the former star of the comedy program moments later, according to the McConnell aide who asked not to be identified.

Franken was clearly moved by the confrontation, which occurred in the Senate chamber.

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    It's hard NOT to mock McConnell.

    August 6, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Tim in Ohio

    Franken is a joke. How did he end up in the US Senate?

    August 6, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Florida Joe

    OH MY don't make fun of the Repub Turtle while he's speaking but shouting out YOU LIE to our President is no big deal...........these Repubs are unbelieveable but McChinless might be right about the Senate not being Saturday Night Live............SNL is far better run than the Senate where the Repubs are allowed to obstrct EVERY MOVE............

    August 6, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Stuart

    No matter what the issue is, liberal thinking (if it can be called that) belongs to individuals who never matured psychologically or emotionally. Just examine the groups and individuals that promote liberal ideas and you see troubled backgrounds, upbringing, and education. They seal themselves off from reality and common sense to protect their own hurt and insecurities. Obama is one of them considering his own deficient family situation, and his best defense and offense is to call names and blame others.

    August 6, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Shows who had the better parents, family values and upbringing.

    When was the last time a Republican apologized ... for anything.

    August 6, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Blaum

    Al Franken is a joke....

    what a worthless senator... so sorry Minnesota... so sad...

    August 6, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Djinn

    Franken was out of order with this incident. Who, however, could have let Turtleman's blathering go un-goosed?

    August 6, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    After watching McConnell and the senate GObP baggers, it may not be SNL, but it does rival, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"

    August 6, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Al the butt monkey from Minn.

    August 6, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. charlie from the North

    Given his gift for mockery and how the Senate is just chock full of people who deserve mocking I think it is testament to Al Franken's wil-power that this is the first time we have read about this type of thing.

    A good comeback would have been "Yeah I will tell Al that if you remind your guy that it isn't 1859 either.

    August 6, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Dis-gusted

    Oh, if Mitch McConnell only knew how many people mocked him, his feelings REALLY would be hurt. He would do better if he would stop babbeling.

    August 6, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This is another clown the libs stole an election for and very symptomatic of their sliminess, immorality, ineptness, corruption and why the country is in the mess we are in. Lying, dope smoking idiots.
    Another reason why democrats will be a minority party for decades after the next election.

    August 6, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. Alex

    When Al gets the boot from Congress, I hope he takes most of his Democrat and Republican buddies with him. They certainly qualify as clowns to fill the cast of Saturday Night Live! The only problem is, who'd watch all those idiots?

    August 6, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. JES

    I don't know how Al got elected anyway he is a joke.

    August 6, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  15. Michael

    Mitch McConnell is a complete moron and idiot.
    Still waiting on anything worthwhile comming from his mouth

    August 6, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. OldFolks, Tx

    McConnell "warned" Franken? Warned him about what? Poor wittle
    Mitchie baby, probably needed his diapie changed and it made him
    cwanky. Well, he is a cranky old bird, and he needs a "time out" for
    bad behavior. What a joke.

    August 6, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Ah yes... the clown from Minnesota keeps it classy once again. All of you from the land of 10,000 lakes should be so very proud.

    August 6, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. Larry

    Senator Franken was only reacting the way MOST OF US AMERICANS are reacting, to the ridiculous way the Republicans are NOT doing their jobs, as they were elected to do

    WE THE PEOPLE want results, not just the same BS re fried everyday as they spend every moment of their lives trying to destroy our president for the mere sake of their own greed and egotistical motives

    It was Senator Frankens choice to apologize

    My response as an American would have been "No Senator McConnell, this is not Saturday Night Live, so please stop using this Chamber as your parties stage for destroying this country".

    August 6, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It may not be SNL Mitch, but you're a joke!

    August 6, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. joe dokes

    Why bother to apologize, Al. If the table were turned, they'd NEVER apologize to you.

    August 6, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. The Other Dale

    So, Franklin does the gutsy, gentlemanly thing and goes to McConnell's office to apologize for what McConnell thought was an insult (even though there seems to be no specifics as to what it was, nor that Franklin actually did anything). Yet, after grandstanding in order to win political points, McConnell doesn't have the guts to meet Franklin face-to-face to discuss the incident.

    Watch how this will be portrayed as Franklin somehow being weak by the Republicans.

    August 6, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. ann

    I've never ever heard of a Republican who apologized.

    August 6, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. James Whedbee

    Senator McConnell often deserves to be mocked.

    August 6, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  24. Jim in Florida

    A clown like Franken preesiding over the Senate, mocking someone giving a speech in consideration of America's next sitting member of the Supreme Court. Democrats in the Senate should be proud.

    This is what happens when someone who isn't serious about his job and isn't qualified steals an election. God, this country is definitely on the decline – culturlally, morally and otherwise.

    August 6, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. Sticky G

    I had to look around to see what Sen. Franken did that was so bad. The only thing I could find was a reference on the Washington Post that said Sen. Franken shifted in his seat towards the end of McConnell's 10 minute speech. Well goodness, what a terrible slight! In light of the ravings of McConnell and the disrespect of other GOP nuts like Joe Wilson, this is simply a non-issue and still Sen. Franken had the grace to smooth things over. This is just another instance of GOP hypocrisy as they shout down anyone who disagrees with them and then whine about a fabricated offense like this.

    August 6, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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