Much has been said lately about the U.S. Senate's "broken" state, including in a rough assessment in the New Yorker. New York Times blogger Timothy Egan just wishes the Senate would lighten up — something he hoped would happen once former "Saturday Night Light" performer and writer Al Franken (in photo) became the junior senator from Minnesota last year. But Franken has twice been chided for unbecoming behavior, including once when Sen. John McCain advised, "It harms the comity of the Senate." Egan writes: "If ever there was a place in need of more comedy, and less comity, it's the U.S. Senate. Cobwebbed by senseless rituals, speeches which no one listens to and rules that make it all but impossible to act on the will of the people, the Senate cries for more ridicule, decorum breaches and old-fashioned wit. Yes, they should be lauded for pulling off two of the most significant reforms of modern times, in health care and financial regulation. But those rare legislative triumphs almost didn't happen, and probably will not be repeated — by either party on any major issue — for a generation. The default mode in the Senate, less by design than by institutional arteriosclerosis, is insulated decay."