Former SNL funnyman (and current joke of a senator) Al Franken was just taken to school by a fellow Democrat – of all people! Franken is feeling the burn right about now and it has to sting. Here’s why…
From Daily Caller:
Senators had to explain to Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota the economics underlying federal oil and gas leasing during a hearing on opening up more areas in Alaska to drilling.
Franken opposes a Republican bill to open a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration, arguing it could impact the porcupine caribou native to the region.
Franken also went on a long rant about why it didn’t make economic sense to him to open more Alaskan lands to drilling when millions of acres were left untapped by oil companies. Franken sits on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
“This is a very contentious issue and since there’s another million acres that are already leased — oil companies don’t lease land, at least I don’t think they do, it doesn’t make any sense to me,” Franken said in the hearing.
“I don’t know the oil business, but why would you lease anything where you didn’t think there was oil?” Franken said. ” It doesn’t make any business sense.”
Franken for President? Newsweek reports it could be so:
He may be good enough, smart enough and possibly popular enough to run for president in 2020, but U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) may need to be prodded to challenge Donald Trump and fight off other Democrats for the country’s highest political office, according to associates who spoke to The Hill.
Franken, who entered the national spotlight more than 20 years ago as a regular on Saturday Night Live with his signature character Stuart Smalley, reportedly is not interested in entering a Democratic field that’s expected to be loaded with well-known members of his party despite his own popularity.
The 66-year-old junior senator pulled down a 63 percent approval rating—ranking him No. 9 in the country—in the first half of 2016, and he held steady at 60 percent later in the year, according to Morning Consult.
Next time, Al, be better. Thank you – America.