Is Sen. Al Franken, who used to tweak the press on Saturday Night Live, developing a distaste for Capitol Hill reporters? The Politico thinks so. After trying yet again to chase him down in person for a quote, one of the Beltway news site's reporters says he and others are seeing a pattern: "He's just about the only senator to flatly refuse reporters' questions around the Capitol these days."
The silent treatment reached an apex (or nadir) of sorts on Tuesday, when I caught Franken on the way to the Senate Democratic policy lunch to ask him the obvious question-of-the-day: What did he think of the Obama administration's plan to increase Afghanistan troop deployments by 34,000.
Franken turned slowly to face me and pursed his lips as if to speak. Just then his body man intervened and flicked out the business card of Franken's well-regarded spokeswoman, Jess McIntosh.