Get them a fainting couch

GET THEM A FAINTING COUCH…. You know who’s having a hard time adjusting to Al Franken’s Senate victory in Minnesota? Fox News.

Glenn Beck said of the senator-elect, “[I]t shows how crazy our country has gone…. [I]t shows that we’ve lost our minds.” Beck didn’t seem to realize why these words, coming from him, are deeply amusing.

It’s not much better on the Hill among Fox News’ allies. Sen. James Inhofe* (R) of Oklahoma, a long-time member of the world’s most deliberative body, today referred to his newest colleague as “the clown from Minnesota.” Considering how many times I’ve dismissed Coburn as a clown, I found his choice of words rather ironic.

For his part, Rush Limbaugh today called Franken a “genuine lunatic.” Again, the irony was lost on the speaker.

I think Franken is going to be a very capable lawmaker, but watching his success send the right into apoplexy makes yesterday’s developments just a little more entertaining.

* corrected

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.