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Apparently, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe can talk the talk and hug the hug.

Two weeks ago, when the Minnesota State Supreme Court affirmed former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken as the winner of last November's election for the U.S. Senate, our own Sen. Inhofe, sometimes a comedian himself (well, let's just say some of things he talks about are "¦ amusing), called Franken a clown.

The "takes one to know one" phrase starts popping up.

So, when the two senators met each other for the first time last week in the Senate for Franken's swearing in, you might say the encounter took on clown-like qualities.

Inhofe told the Tulsa World, "We immediately recognized each other because I have said a few things about him. But it was really funny when we met. For some reason, we both were laughing as if this scene is going to have a happy ending.''

Oh, do go on.

"We laughed about how opposites (attract). I even said, 'I was sorry you won, but we are here together now.'"

Inhofe also told the World his clown-calling reference to Franken did not come up in the conversation. But the two new friends did more than just exchange words. Inhofe said they "physically embraced" (isn't that a wrestling term), and that Franken's wife, Franni, "couldn't have been nicer."

Well, it seems our directly opposite senators " Inhofe, a staunch Republican, and Franken, a bleeding-heart liberal Democrat " have already come a long way from Inhofe saying just days ago: "We are going to get the clown from Minnesota.''

Nice to see things have worked out all right, as the Tulsa World reported. Right, Jim?

"He kind of looked like a clown when I was talking to him."

Uh-oh.

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