When Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) posted an important message on Twitter, everyone in America rushed to the social media site to see what he said.
No, not that one! This one.
Sen. Al Franken, who goes by @SenFranken, says that Senator Franken is mulling it over. It's never good when people start referring to themselves in the third person.
Yes, America awaits Franken's decision on whether he'll leave the Senate in shame after eight women (and counting) have accused the Minnesota Democrat of sexual improprieties.
Franken, who squeaked by in his 2008 election by just a few hundred votes but was still considered an up-and-comer in the Democratic Party, had a not so good, pretty bad, really rotten day on Wednesday. First, six Democratic women in the Senate came out to say they just couldn't stick up for Franken anymore, not after a seventh woman came forward to allege the former comedian had tried to force himself on her sexually.
"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said in a statement on Facebook.
That prompted nearly all the rest of the Senate Democrats to step up and take a stance against Franken.
Said Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat:
Hahahahahahaha. So well said. Yes, Democrats up until yesterday had defended Franken, with hardly anyone but Republicans calling for his resignation. See, Democrats have two sets of standards, one that applies to them and one that applies to everyone else. In Franken's case, it was more important to ignore the women and keep the senator, for, you know, votes and stuff.
But the whole sweater unraveled in record time on Wednesday. By mid-afternoon, 22 Democratic senators had called for Franken to return to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. By the end of the day, more than 35 had done so (not sure where those other 13 Democrats were, but they missed the boat big time).
Even Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York bailed on the former comedian from Brooklyn and one-time star of "Saturday Night Live," a New York institution.
“Senator Franken should resign. I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately," Schumer said.
The beginning of the end started on Wednesday, when another woman came forward to accuse Franken. "A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator," Politico reported.
That brought the number to seven. By the end of the day, an eighth woman had emerged, saying the Democrat groped her in 2009 at a Media Matters party during Barack Obama’s inauguration. Oh, the irony.
Franken has admitted some of the allegations and apologized, but denied other accusations.
So on Thursday, he'll announce whether he'll stay or go. If he resigns, the Senate balance, at 52-48, will remain the same as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, would appoint someone to take his place.
But only the senator knows for sure what he'll do. We're guessing he spent Wednesday evening saying into a mirror over and over, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."