Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Al Franken, not ready for prime time

It turns out that Justice Scalia was invited to speak at a small private gathering of the Media's who's who the other night. Somehow, former SNL writer and actor Al Franken got invited and tried to verbally spar with Scalia. As predicted, Franken got steamrolled.

When Pearlstine opened the floor for Q&A, Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about "judicial demeanor" and asking "hypothetically" about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court.
Franken was clumsily referring to the fact that Scalia had gone hunting and flying with Dick Cheney before the 2000 election.
First, Scalia lectured Franken, "Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics." Then he explained, "Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship."
Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons later told PAGE SIX: "Al was not quite ready for prime time." Franken was a "Not Ready for Prime Time Player" on "Saturday Night Live" long before he began hosting a radio show on Air America.

If you want to read more remarks from Scalia at the private meeting, click here.


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