Comments: Senator Simon Dies

I remember him from a gag on Saturday Night Live when the singer Paul Simon was the musical (or main) guest and the Senator showed up thinking it was him that was invited. At least that was the gag, and funny to a young child such as I was back then.

Posted by Jeff at December 10, 2003 01:41 PM

My only Sen. Paul Simon memory is SNL related too.

Al Franken portraying him in a skit and drawling, "Why...the bowtie?"

Posted by Ed at December 10, 2003 02:53 PM

My most vivid memory of Paul (though I remember the "bowtie" Franken and many more) was his conclusion after the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. He said something like:
"Many said that the benefit of the doubt should go to Thomas, but, I say the benefit should go to the Court."

I have the highest regard for Clarence Thomas as a Constitutional justice, but Simon always had a way of gently challenging partisan blather.
His kind of Democrat is, untimely, a dying breed.

Posted by Tuning Spork at December 10, 2003 11:11 PM