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Al Franken Remembers His Roots

Al Franken says he is amazed that Judge Sonia Sotomayor said earlier in the day that she decided she wanted wanted to be a prosecutor from watching the television show Perry Mason, “because the prosecutor, Berger, lost every week.”

Then he says her nomination is “pretty cool.”

Yes, he’s certainly working hard to refute the idea that he doesn’t have sufficient depth for his new position as U.S. senator.

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