Al Franken comes to town

The last time Al Franken was in Boston – Election Day 2004 – he and his Air America Radio crew were all set to celebrate with the Kerry-Edwards campaign.That didn’t turn out so well. But the setting provided an apt way to open Franken’s new book, “The Truth (With Jokes),” in which he continues to bash the Bush administration and the Republican right in print as he does on the air.Franken returns to the Hub on Tuesday for a live broadcast of “The Al Franken Show,” heard locally on WKOX-AM (1200) and WXKS-AM (1430) from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, followed by a nighttime book signing at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge.Is coming back bittersweet?“No,” Franken said on the phone from New York City. “Just bitter.”But the news isn’t all bad for the Harvard-educated satirist.His opening hour is the most listened-to period on WKOX, and he continues to gain ground on his nemesis, Rush Limbaugh, among male listeners between 25 and 54.“A lot of people come up to me and say I make them feel better, so they don’t feel alone,” Franken said. “I think now, actually now, I’m hearing from some Republicans who are listening to us and switching over.”He is somewhat amazed by the GOP’s ability to have all their pundits and spokespeople say the same daily message points.“I know that they’re proud of it,” he said....

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