Al Franken used to be a comedy guy, something that he's been underplaying in his new-ish career in the Senate. And while a big Politico profile of the freshman Minnesota Democrat has noted that Franken is "coming out of his shell" as he faces re-election, he's already lost the wacky campaign ad contest to a Republican hopeful challenger, Mike McFadden.
Quick note about comedy: McFadden's ads are not funny in the way that Al Franken is funny. Franken knows how to write jokes. He is naturally funny. Look. McFadden knows how to be wacky-funny, perhaps as a life-long performance piece, or perhaps just for the campaign trail. It might not be the best campaign strategy, but we like it. Here is McFadden and his son Conor, talking about how this one time the Republican candidate used some scissors to take stitches out of his son's body because he did not want to pay $100 to have a doctor do it. This anecdote means that McFadden is qualified to go to Congress and reform health care.
And here's another McFadden ad, where a guy, representing Franken, takes a bunch of crappy hockey slapshots that miss the net, representing all of Franken's policies. Then McFadden skates up, promises to "shoot straight" and puts a puck into the back of the net, either thanks to his hockey skills or to editing (we wouldn't dare insinuate that a Minnesotan doesn't know how to play hockey, so we'll leave the decision up to you, readers):