I hadn't planned on posting on this story, until I started to go through the comments. Wow, people just got pretty fired up over Mr. Brodericks opinion.
Franken’s problems don’t stop at opportunism or satirical thrusts at America’s sexual mores or misogyny or the fact that his staff keeps him away from the press for fear that he will indulge in a fit of rage at some poor reporter. He is also a self-absorbed and lackluster candidate who fails to connect with voters. Polls that came out even before Porn-o-Rama showed him running seven points behind Norm Coleman – Norm Coleman, for heaven’s sakes – or just about dead even with Mike Ciresi, who ain’t even in the race anymore, and only a few points ahead of Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, the underfunded DFL-er who happens to possess the integrity, vision, and record of public service that Franken lacks.
Yeah, I've seen the Rasmussen Poll, with Franken down 2 points right now. However, the commenter's at TCDP fail to point out that the poll only provided the person with a Franken or Coleman option. Jack Nelson Pallmeyer was not a part of the poll. Neither was Mike Ciresi, who remains out of the race.
With the DFL State Convention 1 week away, things are really heating up. From what I have heard from some delegates, Team Franken is doing a considerable amount of polling going into next weekends endorsement.
For months and months now, Franken has been the overwhelming favorite, in line for a first ballot endorsement.
Oh have the times changed.
Tax problems, a Playboy scandal, and a growing malaise towards Franken have left the campaign in full on defensive mode with a week left before the convention. Why else would a Franken spokesperson come out so strongly against Congresswoman McCollum?
Dave Mindeman over at mnpACT! introduces an interesting scenario.
The specter of no endorsement grows.
Al Franken is damaged goods. He will not defeat Norm Coleman in November, regardless of whether or not he trails Coleman in a Rasmussen poll 6 months before the election.
There has to be a full and complete vetting of Franken. Didn't he pay someone to do oppo research on himself? He ought to get his money back if he did.
Jack Nelson Pallmeyer is the type of candidate who would unite our party. Despite the Publius theory that JNP would be attacked for his writings on religion.
Jack Nelson Pallmeyer has a BA in Political Science from St Olaf, a Masters of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in New York, and has been a professor at the University of St Thomas for 15 years.
Using the Publius argument, would Franken's personal experience with Playboy have led him to his 2000 dirty rant?
Apples and oranges ladies and gentlemen, apples and oranges.
The darkhorse here in Mike Ciresi. I like Mike. He's a great guy who have given tirelessly to his party.
While a late bid for the DFL endorsement is highly improbable, what would happen if the delegates decided on "no endorsement" next weekend?
Many shudder at the thought of a US Senate DFL Primary this September.
I'm not one of them.
In 2006, John Tester was locked in a hotly contested US Senate Primary in Montana. After winning the primary, Senator Tester worked to unify the party and went on to defeat Senator Conrad Burns.
The same can happen here. We can send Norm Coleman packing to a cushy K Street lobbying gig, if we get the right candidate. I really do like Al Franken, I think he's a nice guy and a great family man. But I think his baggage makes him a lackluster US Senate candidate.
This race is much too important to have it weighed down with Franken's baggage.