Corn on “Hardball”: From Al Franken to Michael Jackson

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After joking on Twitter that I was scheduled to appear on Hardball to discuss Michael Jackson’s impact on politics–after having been booked to review the latest on embattled Governor Mark Sanford and new Senator Al Franken–I then went on Hardball and actually had to talk about Michael Jackson. That’s because both President Barack Obama and ex-President Bill Clinton made statements about MJ today. So we shifted subjects. Jackson, in. Sanford, out. Franken, still in. (Sanford, who was censured by the South Carolina GOP on Monday night, has lucked out. His love life just can’t compete with Sarah Palin’s wackiness or Michael Jackson’s demise.) Here’s how it went:

 

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