Is Al Franken Worthy to Take Wellstone's Seat?

I wrote this today for Beyond Chron, San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily.

Yesterday, comedian Al Franken made it official that he will run in 2008 against Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman. There is no Republican who I want to see defeated more than Norm Coleman - who challenged the late Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002, and only won after Wellstone tragically died in a plane crash. Franken formally announced by video on his campaign website, and acknowledged that voters should be skeptical about whether a comedian could be a serious politician. He spoke from the heart about growing up in Minnesota, what issues he passionately believes in, and that Paul Wellstone was his "political hero." But it's still unclear if Franken really deserves to get Paul's Senate seat. Is it reasonable to have a media celebrity "rescue" Democrats from Norm Coleman, and is Al Franken really that progressive anyway?

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Clinton Widens Lead Over Obama

The new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that Sen. Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton has increased her lead over Obama from 11 points to 19 points.

Former Vice President Al Gore moved up to third place in the poll and former Sen. John Edwards ranked in fourth place. The only other candidate who showed any gains in the poll was Gov. Bill Richardson who is now at 4%. Support for Sen. Joe Biden fell dramatically from 5% to 1% and support for potential candidate Wesley Clark dropped by half from 2% to 1%.

http://bluesunbelt.com/showDiary.do?diar yId=135

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2008: What's in a logo?

(cross-posted at Daily Kos)

Over at Daily Kos' Diary Rescue last night, a rescued diary about each individual candidate's website made me think about the Internet aspect of each Democratic campaign. Tonight, I'd just like to get everyone's thoughts on what they think of each campaign's logo to date. Below the fold, I'll post each individual campaign's logo, and I'd like to solicit everyone's thoughts as to what they think about them. This is usually an aspect of any political campaign that tends to be overlooked, but in 2008, I think there's one candidate who takes full advantage of a logo's simplicity to create a powerful symbol.

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Giuliani Pulls Ahead Of McCain In Florida

In a newly released Quinnipiac poll former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has pulled ahead of Sen. John McCain in the Florida GOP primary...

On the Democratic side Sen. Hillary Clinton has a wide lead over Sen. Barack Obama. Former Sen. John Edwards, who has been in the top 3 in most state and national polls, falls to fourth place in Florida.

http://bluesunbelt.com/showDiary.do?diar yId=127

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Clinton Leads In New Hampshire Poll From WMUR/CNN

A new WMUR/CNN poll shows Hillary Clinton in first place in New Hampshire with 35% followed by Barack Obama with 21%...

Edwards, Clinton, and Obama all had high favorable ratings among voters. Some of the second and third tier candidates had poor favorable ratings and high negative ratings.

http://bluesunbelt.com/showDiary.do?diar yId=126

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