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  •  Spot on as always (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, jncca, GoUBears

    However, I would quibble about Kline always facing weak candidates. I think Colleen Rowley was an intriguing candidate- Time Magazine "Person of the Year" in 2002 as FBI whistleblower who tried to prevent 9/11 attacks. However, she was easily beaten by Kline. It seems as long as he keeps his head down, the seat is his for as long as he wants.

    I think MN House seats are pretty well set for now. We gained back MN-8 for DFL with Nolan. As long as Walz and Peterson stay in MN-1 and MN-7, then we should keep a 5-3 advantage in the US House. While we would all like to get rid of Bachmann, might be better to focus on more feasible goals.

    For 2014- keeping Franken in Senate will be a key priority. Last I saw, he will be favored. I am not sure if there will be a strong repub candidate, but could be a close battle.

    •  Franken's opponents (2+ / 0-)
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      at the moment seem scarce.
      Norm Coleman (Mr. Absent from the State Since He Lost) has made no sound about a re-match.
      Tim Pawlenty (Mr. Never above 46% statewide) likewise has been silent.

      Michelle Bachmann is the only other real GOPer with statewide name recognition and her message does NOT play well outside of her nature preserve of the MN-06.

      And just to emphasize things, Erick Paulsen of the MN-03 made a pointed statement this week he has no interest in challenging Franken either.

      So for the moment the GOP would need to recruit a well-financed no-name, while Franken's approval ratings have slowly but steadily risen from his 42% winning figure in 2008 to a recent 52-53%. Hardly stellar (see Klobuchar, Amy) but above the crucial 50% mark (and his DISapprovals have slowly sunk into the mid-30s) and certainly strong enough to make him a morning-line favorite for re-election.


      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:30:55 AM PST

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      •  I've been happily surprised by Franken (1+ / 0-)
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        The fact that he is just another Senator and not a showboater makes me like him a lot more.  I could see the whole comedian goes to Washington thing turning out really badly.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:39:33 PM PST

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