Al Franken campaign bombing in Minnesota

I knew that independent voters were a big deal in American politics, but a new poll has revealed that independent voters are sinking comedian Al Franken’s campaign in Minnesota.  Here is what the L.A. Times “Top of the Ticket” bloggers had to say about this stunning development in a new post:

In Minnesota, one-term Republican incumbent Norm Coleman led onetime “Saturday Night Live” cast member and writer Al Franken by 10 percentage points, 51% to 41%.

Franken ended up winning the state’s Democratic Senate nomination more easily than expected, but during the spring he took flak over back corporate taxes he owed in 17 states and a raunchy article he wrote for Playboy magazine several years ago (when comedy still was his prime occupation).

The new poll found that Franken has not consolidated the Democratic vote in Minnesota as well as Coleman has his GOP base. But the former funnyman’s big problem is with independents — he trailed Coleman among this bloc by 20 percentage points.

I have never been a fan of Franken and Coleman is one of the more reasonable and moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate.  While the Republicans are expected to lose over ten seats in the Senate this November, it looks like they will be hanging on to Coleman’s seat.  Serves the Democrats right for drafting an overly liberal comedian for the U.S. Senate.  Have they no respect for the U.S. Senate?  A comedian is the best they could do?  Pathetic.


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