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Minnesota voters to Franken: Donít quit ó let us fire you
Hot Air.com ^ | December28, 2017 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 12/28/2017 5:40:06 PM PST by Kaslin

Luther Strange isn’t the only current US Senator on his way out the door. In a few days, Al Franken will submit his resignation as promised last week, and Tina Smith will take his seat at least until a special election in November chooses his successor. As it turns out, Minnesota voters aren’t entirely happy about Franken’s resignation — and half of them want Franken to renege on his pledge to resign, according to a new PPP poll:

-50% of voters think he should not resign, to only 42% who think he should go through with his planned resignation. There is little appetite from Democratic voters at the state level for Franken to go, with 71% opposing his departure. A majority of independents- 52%- as well think he should not resign, with just 41% favoring his exit.

-Franken remains well above average in popularity for a Senator, with 53% of voters approving of the job he’s doing to 42% who disapprove. PPP rarely finds Senators with majority approval in their home states. Franken’s continued popularity is being driven especially by women. 57% of them like the job he’s doing to 37% who don’t. By contrast Donald Trump stands at 40/58 with women in the state.

-Minnesotans don’t like how the process with Franken’s resignation has played out. 60% think the Senate Ethics Committee should have completed its investigation (including 79% of Democrats and 61% of independents) before any decision was made about Franken’s future, while only 35% think he should resign immediately. Beyond that 76% of Minnesota voters think their voices should have been more important in determining whether Franken stayed in the Senate or not, to only 12% who think that should have been determined more by his fellow Senators in Washington.

Interestingly, the gender difference on the due-process question is almost within the margin of error, and what difference there was might surprise some people. Women were more likely to support a Senate Ethics probe than resignation (62%) than men (59%), and significantly fewer support his immediate resignation (31% as opposed to 39% of men). The gender difference on electoral accountability was even less significant; women thought that voters should have had the opportunity to make the final decision on Franken 75/12, with men at a virtually identical 78/12.

But would Minnesotans have “fired” Franken if they had the chance? If PPP’s survey is accurate, almost assuredly not. Even after that terrible photograph of Franken and Leeann Tweeden went viral, Franken’s approval rating remains in positive territory. As noted above, he’s seen even more positively by women than men. In three years, that photograph would have been shrugged off as old news, with a New And Improved Feminist Franken ready to seek justice for All Women. His continued presence would have given Republicans a stick with which to beat Democrats in 2018 and 2020, but it would have been difficult for the GOP to “Akinize” Franken while simultaneously defending Donald Trump.

In other words, Democrats badly overreacted to a perceived political problem by forcing Franken to quit. It won’t cost them much, electorally speaking; Democrats will likely hold the seat in 2018 unless Republicans make a concerted effort to find a candidate who can successfully compete statewide, which they haven’t done in a dozen years for any office. It might cost Democrats some cash and a 2018 distraction, neither of which they can afford, plus some credibility when it comes to due process over hysterics. Had they just stood pat, the political crisis might well have passed after Doug Jones’ election in Alabama and a rational approach to due process and accountability could have been developed. Now, however, Democrats on Capitol Hill have drawn a nonsensical “zero tolerance” line in the sand that will come back to bite them repeatedly over the next few years.

With all of this known now, will Franken still resign? Almost certainly, although he could renege at any time. Despite getting back-stabbed by his colleagues with a coordinated effort to shove him under the bus, Franken seems determined to be a team player and get out of the way as quickly and quietly as possible. And after the events of the last few weeks, who can blame him?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: abortion; alfranken; franken; markdayton; minnesota; plannedparenthood; polls; ppp; resignation; saturdaynightlive; saturdaynightvile; sexualharassment; tinasmith; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 12/28/2017 5:40:06 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Franken’s continued popularity is being driven especially by women. 57% of them like the job he’s doing to 37% who don’t.

These are the same women who now scream rape if a guy says hello in the wrong tone.

2 posted on 12/28/2017 5:41:51 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Kaslin

Laws and ethics are only for Republicans.

Democrats will do whatever they damn well please.


3 posted on 12/28/2017 5:42:23 PM PST by Skywise
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To: madprof98

Liberals are nuts.


4 posted on 12/28/2017 5:42:28 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Kaslin

There must be some kind of psychotropic drug in those 10,000 lakes.


5 posted on 12/28/2017 5:44:05 PM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: madprof98

Democrat women could care less when Democrat men behave badly..as long as those same Democrat man are pro aborts that’s all that matters


6 posted on 12/28/2017 5:48:05 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin

Liberal women are so tolerant of their own party’s sexual abusers.

It’s the sexual abusers of the other party that they won’t be at all tolerant of.

I’m 100% certain that, if Trump had been a democrat, that the women that accused him last year of sexual abuses, would have kept their mouths completely shut, and the liberal media would never have brought up the matter, and nobody would be talking about the “me too” incidents. In fact, there would not be a single “me too” incident in the news.


7 posted on 12/28/2017 5:58:39 PM PST by adorno
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To: Kaslin

It must be the cold that is affecting the brains of people in Minnesota. You just have to shake your head in disbelief.


8 posted on 12/28/2017 5:58:58 PM PST by MGunny
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To: WayneS

Jesse Venture, Al Franken...

I think Minnesotans just have a thing for clowns.


9 posted on 12/28/2017 6:00:33 PM PST by TigersEye (0bama. The Legacy is a lie. The lie is the Legacy.)
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To: BenLurkin

Liberal women are pathetic hypocrites.


10 posted on 12/28/2017 6:00:34 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: Kaslin

“Minnesota voters to Franken: Don’t quit — let us fire you”

Nah, those dumb Minnesota bastards would reelect him in a heartbeat.


11 posted on 12/28/2017 6:03:43 PM PST by Bonemaker
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To: Skywise
Generally true, but much of this is being driven by Democrats. It could be they are madly scrambling to claim some moral high ground.

Women can do a lot of damage with no proof. If the accused admit it, that is one thing. Still I don't like people tried in the court of public opinion. Now regular men are running scared and who can blame them? A woman can come up with something against any of them and it doesn't matter if it is true or not or there is evidence or not.

And I do not condone that kind of behavior if it is true.

12 posted on 12/28/2017 6:04:58 PM PST by Aliska
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To: Kaslin

Minnesota has some seriously f*cked up people. Maybe its the cold weather, and the mosquitos.


13 posted on 12/28/2017 6:05:59 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Aliska

“Generally true, but much of this is being driven by Democrats. It could be they are madly scrambling to claim some moral high ground.”

They are going to need a lot of luck with that route. Their “moral high ground” is equated with keeping their mouths at the same level as the efluent in the sewage treatment pond that is Washington DC, and hoping that no one makes any waves.


14 posted on 12/28/2017 6:08:52 PM PST by vette6387
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Well look who they elected as Governor in 1998.


15 posted on 12/28/2017 6:10:58 PM PST by Kaslin (Quid est Veritas?: What Is Truth?)
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To: Kaslin

I enjoy Franken leaving in disgrace much more than simply losing an election.


16 posted on 12/28/2017 6:15:59 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Kaslin

You don’t mean Jesse “the body” Ventura do you?


17 posted on 12/28/2017 6:18:11 PM PST by vette6387
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To: shanover

“Liberal women are pathetic hypocrites”.

About 5 years ago I told a liberal woman that I’d bet Bill Clinton would like to spend 30 minutes alone with her so he could thank her for her support. Man, did she get pi$$ed.


18 posted on 12/28/2017 6:22:48 PM PST by laplata (Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: vette6387

Speaking of that, how in the world do mosquitoes winter over in that cold? I know they survive dry spells by sort of hibernating, but those brutal winters!


19 posted on 12/28/2017 6:34:31 PM PST by Flaming Conservative
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To: Kaslin

Liberals are mentally imbalanced. Most women are, well, mixed up. So, liberal women, well...

Flame away.


20 posted on 12/28/2017 6:36:30 PM PST by polymuser (Its terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged today. - Chesterton)
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