Wise-cracking funnyman Al Franken yesterday body-slammed a demonstrator to the ground after the man tried to shout down Gov. Howard Dean. The tussle left Franken’s trademark thick-rim glasses broken, but he said he was not injured. Franken – who seemed in a state of shock and out of breath after the incident – was helped back to his feet by several people who watched the tussle. Police arrived soon after. “I got down low and took his legs out,” said Franken afterwards.
At least I know what to do to get him to respond to my little challenge. Of course, if he’s in a state of shock and out of breath after tackling somebody, I have no idea how he’s going to survive going a round or two with me. Our belt tests consisted of eight two-minute rounds against fresh black belts, with one-minute breaks and a minimum number of kicks and points required, and this after four hours of going through every kick, strike, kata and weapon drill to the satisfaction of the sensei. And that was for purple! After witnessing the two-day test for black, I was ready to go into the Federal Witness Protection program if the sensei even hinted at moving me up a level.
Anyhow, when Al gets his radio show rolling, I hope all of you will join me in calling in and asking when he’s going to respond.
Al, you freaky little coward, I’m waiting….
UPDATE – it occurs to me… does this mean I can beat down anyone who tries to shout me down at a speaking engagement? I am so stoked! Forget the suit, it’s time to break out the airbrushed Dragon jacket with the metal studs at the elbows.