After reading the article by columnist Rich Lowry on Oct. 16 concerning Al Franken's coverage of Lowry's views and his "challenge" to fisticuffs, it occurred to me that Lowry must be absolutely clueless as to what Franken has been doing. Al Franken is a political satirist. His book is a parody of the numerous conservative personages whose pronouncements demonstrate their desire to promote a vitriolic partisan atmosphere in this country and, unintentionally, their vain need for self-aggrandizement.
Franken has been satirizing the political scene on shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show," since the late '70s. His skits have included the now-common practice of attack ads, "push" polls and "soft money." Despite the years of televised satire by Franken, Lowry seems unaware of it and acts as if he has no sense of humor. He must think "Saturday Night Live" is a realistic drama. Lowry should have been aware of Franken's methods and expected some mockery for his displays of testosterone-driven chest-thumping. Lowry's column shows just how thin-skinned and defensive he is. As people say, he can dish it out but he can't take it.