Jake-Tap passes along the news that Jesse Ventura throws a wrench into, I think, Al Franken's efforts, by suggesting that he'll run as an independent against Franken and incumbent Norm Coleman. My best explanantion as to why Franken isn't doing well has everything to do with his being a comedian and nothing to do with his comedy. I just don't know whether voters can get their heads around the idea of a electing a satirist to Congress, although if they can, Minnesota's the place. Even Coleman's team acknowledges they should be doing worse than they are. For more, read Joshua Green's profile of Franken here.

Update: Ventura denies the story, but doesn't really deny the story. The filing deadline is next Tuesday.

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