Al Franken and Rand Paul: The New Odd Couple

Franken and Paul.

Franken and Paul.

We thought it was pretty funny when we heard that liberal warrior Sen. Al Franken was going to serve as mentor for freshly-minted Kentucky tea party Sen. Rand Paul.

The relationship had all the makings of The Odd Couple, with Franken in the role of Felix, all buttoned down, neurotic and professionally trying to teach the roughshod Paul the arcane social graces of the U.S. Senate.

Sure enough, just like with Oscar and Felix, the snark is flying.

Earlier this week the two squared off in a debate over federal funding for senior citizen programs. Franken argued that federal support for the programs saved money and helped seniors stay healthy.

Bah humbug, those geezers are charity cases, Paul said. And Franken struck. [HT: MinnIndy]

Oscar and Felix.

Oscar and Felix.

PAUL: Some of us believe more in the ability of government to cure problems and some of us believe more in the ability of private charity to cure these problems. I guess what I still find curious though is that if we are saving money with the two billion dollars we spend, perhaps we should give you 20 billion. Is there a limit? Where would we get to, how much money should we give you to save money? So if we spend federal money to save money where is the limit? I think we could reach a point of absurdity.

FRANKEN: I think you just did.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Franken's zinger left a burn mark, and let's face it, this isn't a Franken and Davis routine. But this is a promising start to The New Odd Couple.