WATCH: Al Franken Has a Brilliant Idea for Hoosier David Letterman's Next Job


David Letterman, the man who once said to Bill O’Reilly, “[A]bout 60 percent of what you say is crap,” announced recently that he’ll be retiring in May. It’s a loss for late night television, specifically, and for brilliant, absurdist, curmudgeonly comedy in general. But Sen. Al Franken, in a recent visit to the show, suggested Letterman’s next role might lie in politics. Particularly since the late night host, a Hoosier, could be a progressive voice in an Indiana moving hopelessly backward.

“I love Indiana and will probably be buried in Indiana,” said Letterman, who recently criticized the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT discrimination law. “And I know I’ve embarrassed the state many, many times.”

“And the entire country,” Franken joked.

“What I want to know is, what can I do now to make the governor feel uncomfortable?” Letterman asked.

Pointing out that incumbent Indiana Sen. Dan Coats will be vacating his seat in 2016, Franken suggested Letterman – having already done “35, 40 years of comedy” – might follow the same path he’d taken into Congress.

"I think you should run," said Franken.


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