The news on Minnesota's Senate race is really discouraging. I'm not saying this as a Republican. Heck, I voted as an independent in Minnesota's 1998 gubernatorial election. Yep. Li'l ole me. I helped put Jesse "the Mouth" Ventura in the governor's mansion, though thank God it was as an absentee voter and I never actually had to live in the state during his term. It was painful enough watching my ex-home state become a national joke.
I didn't really vote for Jesse, technically. I voted against Republican Norm Coleman (because I thought he was an aisle-jumping traitor) and Democrat Skip Humphrey (because I thought he was a washed-up, entitled scumbag). I really only meant to throw my vote away because I despised the choices both major parties were offering. The embarrassing results taught me a lesson, a lesson that helped me overcome my gag reflex when I voted for Hillary in last year's presidental primary and for McCain in the election. The lesson: Always vote for the person you would be least disappointed to see win.
Minnesota, on the other hand, hasn't learned its lesson. They kicked out their incumbent senator (Norm Coleman again, poor sap) and replaced him with Al Franken. I kid you not. Another second-class celebrity who should have been laughed off the ballot for sheer hubris gets elected because, by golly, it's a great wheeze. It just goes to show that, although the people there may be "nice," Minnesota is a big fat idiot. Which seems to be the national average these days.