Many on the left are urging Democrats to take a page from the Republican playbook and run an outsider, celebrity candidate. Franken fits that bill, but he's also earned accolades as a serious and policy-minded legislator, one who's willing to work across the aisle with Republicans.
Franken is a unique hybrid of entertainer and politician, if Democratic voters are looking for someone like that come 2020.
There's already a "Draft Franken" movement afoot, complete with a PAC.
A 23-year-old graduate student named Nick Butler created the Super PAC....Butler said that as a Democratic senator from a Great Lakes state who is focused on working-class values, Franken could also appeal to the kinds of white, blue-collar voters who broke for Trump this year.
But New Republic writer Heet Jeer argues Democrats need to stop being so obsessed with the White House and start supporting liberals up and down the ballot. He thinks we need Franken right where he is.
Franken’s special gift is that he can explain the often arcane matters taken up by the Senate in crisp terms that average citizens can easily understand. Democrats need more voices like that in the Senate, not less—and not a guy who’s distracted by a presidential bid.