One can imagine Al Franken looking into the mirror each morning and uttering his famous SNL line, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” On SNL, the political satirist was best known for his character Stuart Smalley — the self-help guru who often comedically projected his own problems onto his patients — as well as for anchoring Weekend Update. After leaving the show, though, Franken really began to generate controversy; he spent three years hosting a self-titled radio show before returning to his home state of Minnesota to run for the U.S. Senate. His campaign against incumbent Norm Coleman was a grueling marathon beset by mud-slinging, name-calling and vicious attack ads. While Coleman initially led by 215 votes after election night, the margin between the two was less than 0.5%, triggering a mandatory recount according to state law. After months of legal challenges, Franken was ruled the winner by a three-judge panel. Coleman challenged the verdict in the state’s Supreme Court, where the case currently sits. Eight months after the election, Minnesota is still without a junior Senator, a problem Franken wouldn’t have if only, doggone it, more people liked him.