I have mixed emotions: On the one hand this will be big fun and fun is, well, fun. On the other, we desperately need to kick some GOP Senate butt in the next election, not only to get a Democratic Senate in which the Democrats can actually do something, but also to declaw Joe Lieberman. Norm Coleman should be one of the more vulnerable GOP incumbents up in 2008.
And while I’m comfortable Franken would make a fine Senator, I have to wonder how strong a candidate he will be in Minnesota. Will we end up paying for our fun by losing a precious chance to extend the Democratic majority?
Let me be clear that I don’t buy into at all the argument that he’s too liberal to win; and I know he’ll be able to raise a bucket load of money, always a huge plus. I’m just not sure that being a political humorist (and a damn funny one, by the way) will be that good a background for mounting a Senate campaign. I’m also a little concerned how a Midwestern state like Minnesota will respond to someone moving back home from the coast to run for public office.
On the other hand, he’s done the rounds of Minnesota politicians, folks who obviously know more about the state’s politics than I do, and what he’s heard apparently hasn’t discouraged him.
So what do you think?