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.
It's hard NOT to mock McConnell.
Franken is a joke. How did he end up in the US Senate?
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............
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.
Shows who had the better parents, family values and upbringing.
When was the last time a Republican apologized ... for anything.
Al Franken is a joke....
what a worthless senator... so sorry Minnesota... so sad...
Franken was out of order with this incident. Who, however, could have let Turtleman's blathering go un-goosed?
After watching McConnell and the senate GObP baggers, it may not be SNL, but it does rival, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"
Al the butt monkey from Minn.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I don't know how Al got elected anyway he is a joke.
Mitch McConnell is a complete moron and idiot.
Still waiting on anything worthwhile comming from his mouth
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.
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.
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".
It may not be SNL Mitch, but you're a joke!
Why bother to apologize, Al. If the table were turned, they'd NEVER apologize to you.
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.
I've never ever heard of a Republican who apologized.
Senator McConnell often deserves to be mocked.
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.
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.