Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., acrimoniously referred to his new colleague in the U.S. Senate as a “clown” who won’t be able to help his party muster the 60 votes needed to stop a Republican filibuster of the Waxman-Markey clean energy bill that has already passed the House.
"I'll tell you what a lot of people are thinking, and that is it looks like things are going to be over and we are going to get the clown from Minnesota,” Inhofe told The Tulsa World, referring to Minnesota Democrat Al Franken. “They are not going to get more than 35 votes."
Inhofe later was contrite and said he didn't mean to be disrespectful of Franken.
“I don't know the guy, but for a living, he is a clown. That's what he does for a living."
Franken, who earlier this week was declared the winner by the Minnesota Supreme Court of a hotly contested election against Republican rival Norman Coleman, was a professional comedian who was a writer for and cast member of “Saturday Night Live” for several years. He also is a best-selling author, former political commentator and host of a nationally-syndicated radio show on Air America.
"I don't know how Sen. Inhofe regards clowns,” Franken volleyed back during an appearance on the "Bill Press Show," “but it might be an incredible compliment.”.
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