The Associated Press scored an interview with our Senate-candidate-in-hiding Al Franken. There was a lot he missed out on when he, you know, wasn't in Minnesota.
So what does he have to say? He's going to be Minnesota's next senator, he's not a funny many anymore and Norm Coleman's temp job with the Republican Jewish Coalition is probably permanent. Burn.
"I admit to being frustrated at times," Franken said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But it's a little out of my control. What is in my control is to prepare so that when I get to the Senate, I'm ready to go on day one."
He said attending the trial wouldn't be "the most productive use of my time" -- but admitted he sometimes tunes in to a live Webcast of the proceedings. "I might" check it out in person at some point, he said.
Asked about Coleman's recent decision to take a temporary consulting gig with the Republican Jewish Coalition while the trial plays out, Franken would only say: "I think it may be a more permanent job."
Franken said he's no longer much interested in being viewed as a comic. "This is a deadly serious job, it really is," he said.
Asked how he might satirize the election limbo he's now trapped in, Franken said: "There's nothing funny about what's going on now."