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Minnesota Republicans, Rest Of Nation, Don't Find Al Franken Amusing

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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FUNNY FACE Franken Things are getting dirty in Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken's fight to unseat acidhead incumbent Norm Coleman: Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer and humorist (to some), is being attacked by the Minnesota Republican Party for a satirical, sexually risque piece he penned for Playboy back in 2000.

The story, titled "Porn-O-Rama!," details Franken's visit to a fictional sex institute, where he proceeds to engage in intercourse with all manner of machine and human. It's obviously a joke—he even talks about recommending that his 12-year-old son download some "effective visual aids" on the Internet when researching a report on bestiality—but that hasn't stopped the state's female GOP operatives from circulating a letter demanding that he apologize. Says the laughably straight-faced press release:

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