This week a Minnesota politician mistakenly thought the Gorusch confirmation hearing was a slam poetry open mic, the style found at most beat coffee houses and in modern literature press events. Accordingly the critics in earshot found the new material lackluster, overdone, and out of context.
Unfortunately, the new material Franken had was dry, hyperbolic, one-sided, and as expected, negative, certainly when speaking to Gorusch in thinly veiled exaggerations, said one anonymous official. A member of the audience expressed that they didn’t know whether to laugh or show sympathy for the long-time poet.
Nonetheless, throughout the week news media outlets have covered how unbelievably interesting and important the Gorusch confirmation hearing is; no one thought that anyone would have any issues with Trump’s pick, it’s a real shocker–headline material. So these apropos readings of banal poetry broke the tension and left many confused.