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Anymore, they aren't even the best female players. I believe that Ana Gestayer and Nora Dunn raised the bar and my expectations for women on that show. Particularly AG.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Anymore, they aren't even the best female players. I believe that Ana Gestayer and Nora Dunn raised the bar and my expectations for women on that show. Particularly AG.

But Nora Dunn? Enlighten me. She had condescending obliviousness down pat, but what else was she good at? Dunn was on during my favorite years of SNL, but I don't think of her as one of the cast highlights.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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She had a Phil Hartman-like quality of doing "scenery" and key bit characters well. As one of the "Elevator Sisters", I thought that she had a solid and enjoyable continuing character. The Elevator Sisters were one of the rare continuing bits that never went two or three times the block of time needed to score laughs and get the point across (that era was probably the best at being concise of all eras, come to think of it). Her characters for the ages were the co-host of the "Schwetty Balls" bit and as Babette, French Spokes-kitten explaining Paris' refusal of flyover rights to bomb Lybia.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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