Category: Norm Coleman
Posted: 08/20/07 19:02
by Dave Mindeman
Going into the 2008, the evidence is pretty strong that the Republican party has no message to offer....especially in Minnesota. The Star Tribune article about the Bush fundraiser for Norm Coleman had this little tidbit:GOP strategy calls for a relentless focus on Coleman's ultimate opponent -- particularly if it turns out to be former "Saturday Night Live" star Franken. Normally, reelection campaigns are referendums on the incumbent. But some Republicans say privately that a Franken candidacy would give them the chance to turn the race into a referendum on the DFLer's Hollywood connections and edgy comedic antics.
We are over a year out from the elections and the Republican strategy consists of one long negative campaign focusing on the opponent.
If I remember right, Norm still is the incumbent, right? The usual idea is for the incumbent to proudly display his or her record and let the electorate decide whether they want the status quo or change.
The Minnesota Republican Party is so scared of that record, that they are begging for an opportunity to talk trash about an opponent. It is their only strategy, it is their only hope.
Why talk about the Iraq War when you can raise doubts about Hollywood fundraising? Why talk about veteran's benefits when you can point fingers at the foul language of a 1994 SNL skit? Why talk about environmental failures, infrastructure neglect, corporate greed, or budget deficits when you can cast shame on "fart" jokes?
And don't think Mike Ciresi will be spared. They don't have another strategy and so, Mike's wealth will be the new issue and lawyer/malpractice topics will be front and center.
Anything to avoid talking about the Bush/Coleman record.
So, go ahead Norm. Take that Bush Cash. You will need every cent you can muster because you not only have to pay big time to constantly assault your opponent...... you will also have to pay bigger to make yourself invisible.