Should Senator (as of today) Al Franken resconsider his decision to resign?
Before you answer, please read the results of a just-released poll from Public Policy Polling – a Democrat outfit but one that has a history of reasonably accurate results as political polls go:
A new Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters finds that a majority don’t think Al
Franken should resign from the US Senate, and that he remains popular in the state, particularly
with women. Key findings from the survey include:
-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.
So, what does this mean? Do these new data suggest that Al Franken should reconsider?
Personally, I never thought he should have announced his resignation in the first place. You can see for yourself, by reading my feelings on the subject from way back on December 6th.
But now? Over three weeks later, after he has announced his resignation date (January 2) and after a replacement Senator has been named?
My opinion is that, whatever the circumstances were earlier this month, at this point Al Franken should keep to his current plan of action and, er, resign himself to a post-Senate life.