"Franken has an aura of authenticity that Minnesotans were buzzing about. Maybe
it's that he sometimes gets so angry over a Bush Administration sin that he
stumbles over his words and loses any semblance of a politician's veneer. Maybe
it's that he has confronted all of the Right's biggest bullies (O'Reilly,
Limbaugh, Gingrich, Wolfowitz, among others) and no half-hearted liberal would
put his reputation in harm's way so recklessly and frequently. Regardless of the
reason, people buy in. 'We tend to send the same kind of people [to
Washington],' said a retired farmer I spoke with Minnesota. '[They] are
arrogant, have ambition, and have drive, and when they get there they kind of
forget why they went. I think Al is the kind of person who if he got there would
be the same kind of person he is now.'"
Appears that our friend Al Fraken is doing well with his senate run. I don't know that much about his politics, but his stand on the issues comes across to me at least as being thought out and mature. He doesn't strike me as a person that would hold the party line, he isn't afraid to challenge either side when he feels that needs to be done. For me character is sometimes more important than issues, you will never agree with everyone on the issues. It is important to know that they get to their positions thoughtfully and not by following either the party line or the polls.