Only in Minnesota

When, at my invitation, John and Scott assessed the Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate race earlier this month, both seemed reasonably convinced that Coleman would prevail, and that sounded right to me. Now, CQ Politics has moved this race from “no clear favorite” to “leans Republican. It does so based on the fact that four of the last five polls show Coleman ahead of Franken – three of them by more than nine points. In fact, according to Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, Franken now finds himself tied with Coleman among women voters, union members and Twin Cities residents. That’s a recipe for defeat.

So is the information contained in is this passage:

Franken has struggled with issues related to his late payment of taxes in 17 states that dated back to 2003-2006 as well as some of his more controversial work during his career as a satirist, including a piece titled “Porn-O-Rama” that was published in Playboy in 2000.

How strange that Franken could have become the likely Democratic nominee. Only in Minnesota, I guess.

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