21 months out from the 2008 election, Smilin' Norm Coleman has a 10 point edge of Al Franken. A bigger issue for Franken is his own approval rating. Minnesotans don't seem to like him very much:
Coleman is viewed favorably by 51% of Minnesota voters and unfavorably by 42%. The numbers for Franken are weaker—39% favorable and 46% unfavorable. President Bush earns approval from just 36% of voters in a state that he came close to winning in both 2000 and 2004.
Jambo's met Franken a couple of times, but I never have. In his media appearances, Franken either comes across as jovial or caustic. I have no doubt that Franken will be at least as polarizing a figure as Smilin' Norm. The question is how many converts Franken can win -- and how many he can keep once Coleman goes negative.