Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken to make first public appearance since resignation Overnight Cybersecurity: Fallout from Comey memos | IG reportedly investigating memos over classified info | DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign | GOP chair blasts FDIC over data security Why Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls MORE is in the U.S. Senate, and sadly, he’s borrowing more heavily from his former jobs than establishing a level of decorum more befitting of the post he currently holds.

Apparently, when his turn came around at yesterday’s hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Sen. Franken (D-Minn.) reverted to comedian Franken.

I’m sorry, but I don’t see how comparisons to Perry Mason and quizzes on which case the fictional prosecutor actually won contribute to the proper vetting process the Senate is required to conduct. I like a tension-breaking splash of humor as much as the next person, but a Senate hearing regarding the qualifications of the first Hispanic to be elevated to the SCOTUS is not the place.

I’m a little amazed Franken chose this route during his first major duty as a sitting senator. He had to know the country (and more importantly, his constituents) would be tempted to see him first as a jokester, and hence less likely to take him seriously. So why, then, at a time when he had the perfect stage to reveal his more heady and reserved side did he squander the opportunity and crack a joke? What was his staff thinking? What was Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees Harry Reid: ‘The less we talk about impeachment, the better off we are’ Lobbying world MORE (D-Nev.) thinking?

For a brief moment, Franken made fellow Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) look like a sage, and that had to embarrass the Democrats.

The Supreme Court hearings are a time for deep, probing inquiries into the mind of a very capable and even delightful jurist. The Senate has a lot on its plate, with little time to waste on seeing if Al Franken “still has his touch.” Take my advice, senator, and stick to your day job.

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