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  •  The fact that Franken's been such a good (0+ / 0-)

    Senator and an eloquent defender of progressive causes has helped make him a fairly popular Minnesota Democrat, however. It also helps him that the Minnesota GOP has no one outside of Erick Paulsen who can make the race competitive.

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 06:09:47 PM PDT

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    •  There are a couple others (0+ / 0-)

      Arne Carlson, if he weren't a pariah with the GOP caucus would wipe the floor with Franken. Paulsen would be even money, and Ramstad would be better than 50/50 against him. Coleman shot himself in the foot with his recount shenanigans, so he is not really viable any longer.

      •  Jim Ramstad retired in 2008 and would be 68 (0+ / 0-)

        He's not a viable candidate, and I can hardly believe you'd say he'd be favored against Franken who has so far sported impressive favorability numbers and an excellent fundraising/grassroots machine.

        Arne Carlson would be 80 years old in 2014, completely not a viable candidate even if he weren't a pariah.

        Paulsen isn't that strong a candidate. If early polls had Franken up by double digits over Tim Pawlenty, then Paulsen isn't even money with him.

        It's somewhat more irritating to discuss Minnesota politics with you as opposed to say, Mark27, because you so often immediately descend into this supremely parochial discourse, when it comes to opinions of certain Democrats.

        Like I would say to all the white machine pols in Boston who gripe about Elizabeth Warren, if a strong local Democrat had won, then Warren might not have run or won the primary. Al Franken even more so than Warren. Coleman looked vulnerable, but none of the strong Democrats stepped up, not Rybak, or McCollum, or Solon, or any of the numerous major Democrats who could have made their cases before the primary electorate. Thus continuing to gripe about Franken's perceived carpetbagging which is just irritating. It's like hearing people who don't vote complain about politics.

        And trust me, it annoys me more  than anything in Louisiana, which is the most parochial state in the entire nation. We're so parochial that Republicans can't really be honestly conservative or anti-tax in the legislature, which is a good thing I suppose.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:25:51 PM PDT

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