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The Politics Of The Absurd

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 09/23/14 15:39, Edited: 09/23/14 18:57

by Dave Mindeman

It is amazing sometimes how far political spin will go to try and establish ulterior motives. You can't just say "I support someone" without an opposing view about why you do it and who you are associated with. Michael Brodkorb does some pretty odd accusations and Mike McFadden is foolish enough to respond, in regards to a gun issue mailing by Americans for Responsible Solutions. This add uses the words of a Sandy Hook parent talking about gun violence and promoting Al Franken as someone working for solutions.

Brodkorb labels his column, The Politics of Fear. Pretty ominous title but in truth, putting this in a fear category is a gross distortion.

The mailing piece is shown here....

I urge you to look at it. If you can make out the words, read them.

How that can be interpreted as a "fear" piece is beyond my comprehension.

The father talks about his grief. He ask for solutions to the gun problem. He supports Franken's efforts on closing the gun show loophole. He encourages the reader to support Franken.

Nowhere on that piece is Mike McFadden mentioned. Nowhere on that piece are Mike McFadden's own stances on gun issues. Nowhere on that piece is one single negative assertion about Mike McFadden.

Yet, McFadden felt the need to respond....

McFadden campaign chair Molly Cronin said in a release today:

Senator Franken's allies have reached a new low by exploiting the tragic death of children for political gain. As a mother, my heart goes out to the parents of those who have lost children to gun violence, but using a school shooting as a political prop is beyond reprehensible...Senator Franken needs to do the right thing and denounce this group for using victims of a massacre for political gain.

Really? McFadden's campaign extrapolated all of that out of that mailing?

A school shooting as a political prop? How? Exploiting the tragic death of children for political gain? Really? Is this father not allowed to express his grief?

Why Senator Franken would ever denounce this group is just unfathomable to me. The NRA exploits school shootings almost every waking day. Should that be denounced? Would McFadden talk about that? No, he wouldn't and he doesn't need to.

These are third party entities who can pretty much say anything they want. Al Franken has no control over them. Mike McFadden has no control over them.

The McFadden response and Brodkorb's take on this mailing say more about their discomfort with their own feelings on the matter, than any outrage about supposed "exploitation".

McFadden used to agree with the idea of universal background checks. Now he is outraged that Franken is praised for exactly the same position.

This isn't the "Politics of Fear" - this is the Politics of the Absurd.
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09/26/14 08:23
Hmmm ... did anyone mention what the NRA stated in its endorsement ?

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NRA Endorses Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate in Minnesota

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fairfax, Va. - On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Mike McFadden for United States Senate in Minnesota.

"Mike McFadden strongly believes in protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans who own firearms for hunting, personal protection, or any other lawful purpose," said Chris W. Cox. "We need Mike in the U.S. Senate to fight President Obama and elitist billionaires like Michael Bloomberg who are doing everything they can to dismantle the Second Amendment."

McFadden has stated his strong opposition for any anti-gun nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court, such as Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He also will oppose any treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners. McFadden has also stated he strongly opposes the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda.

"We can count on Mike McFadden to stand up for our constitutional freedoms in the U.S. Senate. The NRA encourages all gun owners and sportsmen in Minnesota to vote Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate on November 4," concluded Cox.
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BTW, did you see who else is sending money to help out soon-to-be-Senator McFadden (and also sending money to John Kline) ?

The John Bolton PAC and the John Bolton SuperPAC has nearly $3 million cash on hand and is sending some of it to Minnesota.

"I am proud to announce my endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden. Mike is the type of problem solver we need in Washington. He will bring his real world experience to Washington and help change the direction of our country and get us back on track."

McFadden: "I am grateful to receive the endorsement of Ambassador John Bolton. It is an honor that a man with so much diplomatic and political experience has confidence in me and my abilities to represent Minnesota in Washington."

I am sure that you remember when Norm Coleman stood strong against George Voinovich (R-Ohio) who said "I have come to the determination that the United States can do better than John Bolton" for the United Nations." The Foreign Relations Committee did not approve Bolton's assignment but President Bush used a "recess" appointment to send him to the UN. Since President Obama made "recess" appointments and was sued, the Supreme Court has ruled those type of appointments unconstitutional.

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