Even the left-leaning New Republic can see that. (Nice try making her look crazed with the photo, but she's Minnesota Nice:), not to mention a savvy former tax attorney) Unlike some TEA party darlings she's had to fight to win her congressional seat, and in Minnesota, a state which mostly goes blue nationally.
Maybe not in 2012, though. If she beats Pawlenty in the Iowa primaries, Minnesota may come through for her in the fall for the presidency. That Midwest, Mississippi River corridor is critical:)
P.S. HotAir poll yesterday.