Al Franken Unaware That Nancy Pelosi Is Not the Most Popular Girl in School

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Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, a South Dakota Democrat, is facing tough re-election odds in her mostly red state. So in order to drum up enthusiasm, she brought in ... that most Democratic of figures, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken?

Ken Blanchard at South Dakota Politics observes:

Of course the risk was that Franken would be Franken and say something stupid and alarming. Apparently, he didn't do that.

Instead he said something sensible, undeniably true, and alarming. From the Rapid City Journal:

Franken said he was in South Dakota to help Herseth Sandlin at the polls in what promises to be a tough mid-term election for Democrats. Despite their different voting record on such issues as health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation, Franken said, he is a supporter of hers.

"I think she's a great leader, and I really believe in her," he said. "She has voted differently than I voted on a couple of things, but we need to be able to have somebody here in South Dakota who's going to vote for Speaker Pelosi, not for Speaker Boehner."

Let me pull out the firecracker:

We need to be able to have somebody here in South Dakota who's going to vote for Speaker Pelosi.

Okay. A vote for Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is a vote for Nancy Pelosi.

Maybe that works for voters on Pine Ridge, and maybe for the most committed Democrats elsewhere in the state. As for the rest of the state, Nancy Pelosi might be one of the few elected officials who is less palatable than Barack Obama.

Read the full story at South Dakota Politics.

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