“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it people like me!” is the most recognizable quip from Stuart Smalley, the iconic Saturday Night Live character made famous by Al Franken during his stint on the late night comedy show.
Now, of course, Franken wears a different hat altogether, serving as a Democratic senator for the state of Minnesota. He transitioned between his old life and his new one by passing through, as he calls it, the “dehumorizer.”
But that didn’t stop Morning Joe from asking the senator what Smalley, the ambiguously gay champion of positive advice and daily affirmations, would think about the state of the world today. Franken is currently involved with the confirmation hearings surrounding President-elect Donald Trump‘s Cabinet appointments, most notably that of incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Franken this week scrutinized the Alabama lawmaker’s claims that he filed “20 or 30 civil rights cases to desegregate schools.”
“How would Stuart Smalley say how you’re feeling right now?” asked Joe Scarborough lightheartedly at the top of the interview.
“Stuart would feel a lot of ‘dis-ease’ with what’s going on now,” replied the Minnesota pol. “And he would point out ‘dis-ease’ spells out disease.”
But Franklin quickly cautioned, “I don’t do Stuart Smalley. I’m a Senator.”
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