Jesus, did they just fall off a fuckin' turnip truck or something? "Forcing" political opponents to apologize for ridiculous shit is the most time-tested of campaign gambits. They just want to see if you're enough of a pussy to do it. You remember Arnold Schwarzenegger ever apologizing for smoking a fattie in Pumping Iron, much less for making Junior or Twins? Me neither. He just gives people that "what the hell is wrong with you?" look and a shit-eating grin and moves on. He doesn't give a shit what ankle-biters think, nor should he -- nor should anyone.
Franken should just look 'em dead in the eye and say, "Seriously, you people are worked up about a satirical essay from eight years ago? You have a problem with it, Planned Parenthood? Fine, then endorse a Bush butt-boy like Norm Coleman. See what that gets you, see how fucking 'planned' your 'parenthood' is then. Any questions?"
Anything else is playing the other side's game. It takes time and momentum away that might be spent on chipping away at Coleman. That's all this is, and they bought into it anyway. Now that they know that Franken and Klobuchar and the rest of the MN Dem posse are straight-up suckas, they can set a couple interns loose in the SNL archives to see if Franken ever made fun of Ronald Reagan or something. Why not?
Way to circle the wagons, folks. These bozos, to paraphrase David Mamet, could fuck up a baked potato.