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Tom Udall's a Ninja. Watch Out!

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 26 2010

You just have to applaud when politicians who weren't once professional comedians can put together a web video on a serious public policy topic that's actually funny. Like, real live human funny. Tom Udall and Ben Ray Lujan, Senator and Representative respectively from the great state of New Mexico managed to do so in a bid to win Google's attention in the company's 1Gps fiber-to-the-home broadband experiment.

Udall and Lujan, both Democrats, riff off of the Al Franken's "Duluth Answer Man" video pitch to Google that you might remember we mentioned recently. Franken's bit on behalf of Twin Ports was very funny, too. But come on. Riiiinngerrrr.

In the Udall/Lujan set up, the pair are web chatting about the Franken video, with the representative out in the city Farmington in northwestern New Mexico. The shoddy Internet connection out there, though, breaks up their conversations. That leaves Udall looking like he's saying such uncharacteristic things as "I'm a ninja. Watch out." It actually makes for some clever moments. Give it a watch. We're not saying that it's the funniest two minutes of video in the world. But it's funnier than almost any two minutes of Saturday Night Live are.

There is a serious side to all this, though. The Navajo Nation makes its home in that bit of northwest New Mexico, and as the National Broadband Plan recently detailed, access to broadband on tribal lands in the United States is, at best, only about 10%.