Al Franken is playing a lot of defense in his campaign. His personal history of bad accounting, vituperative satire and unpolitical lifestyle choices, such as his on-air admissions to past drug use, are giving Norm Coleman an opportunity to make the election about Franken's impolitic behavior, rather than policy.
In the midst of all this, Franken is managing a dead heat with the incumbent. And that's a good thing. Because Franken is a smart and thoughtful progressive candidate who will represent his state well in Washington, D.C.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Minnesota shows Senator Norm Coleman (R) attracting 47% of the vote while challenger Al Franken earns 45% support.
A month ago, Coleman was ahead 50% to 43%. Rasmussen Reports has polled this race five times and Coleman has had at least a modest edge four times (including the last three). However, the Senator has reached the 50% level of support just once in those five polls. Any incumbent who polls below 50% is generally considered vulnerable.
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer will be the candidate, and he will become our next Senator. Jack doesn't play defense. He doesn't have to. He has no history of impolitic behavior; his lifelong record as an activist for social justice and a writer and foreign policy expert is nearly impeccable. He is more than a thoughtful progressive; he is a progressive's dream. He has courage, brings hope and vision, and adds energy and inspiration to every speach he makes.
I guess we'll see what happens, but I don't see a majority of voters coalescing around Nelson-Pallmeyer.
Like The Big Roz, I also see Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer as a far better candidate. Not because any of the invented Franken scandals have any validity; they don't. But Jack's campaign has always been about issues rather than money or celebrity. On the issues, Norm Coleman and his Republican co-conspirators don't have a leg to stand on. What really gets me enthusiastic, however, is actually imagining Jack in the Senate. I believe he would provide the needed infusion of courage and vision that could begin to change the whole tone. Who knows ... we might return to some measure of renewed balance of power by allowing a stronger legislative branch. We might even get back to using 50% instead of 60% to decide important questions in the Senate, and overthrowing the tyranny of the Republican minority. Best of all, I think Jack would bring needed backbone to the Senate without once being abrasive or alienating. He is that nice a guy.
Is this a Ron Paul thing, where someone at the Nelson-Pallmeyer campaign is tracking the chatter in the blogosphere and then leaping at anything that hits?
This just seems too random to be legitimate.
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