Senate Chamber Is Not Studio 8H


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — whose television appearance earlier this week caused Chris Matthews to deadpan “Wow, he’s an exciting guy” — was at the center of some Congress drama today. As he spelled out his opposition to Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, none other than Minnesota senator Al Franken was caught “moving around in his chair, gasping and rolling his eyes.” When McConnell finished his speech, he reportedly removed his microphone, marched to the dais, and confronted the former comedian. “This isn’t Saturday Night Live, Al,” McConnell snarkily told Franken, according to witnesses. Unlike a typical SNL sketch, the situation did in fact have a tidy ending: Franken apologized. “I went directly to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person,” Franken told Politico. “He wasn’t there, so I’ve sent him a handwritten note.”

McConnell to Franken: This isn’t ‘SNL [Politico]