Posted: 06/13/08 17:54
by Dave Mindeman
Sometimes you need to hear from someone close to the situation to get the full picture.
When it comes to Al Franken, you need to read the "journey" of Barb Miller... a Franken delegate and a writer for the Clothesline Blog (one of the best written blogs out there). Here is an excerpt:
Here?s the deal, people. Al Franken has said some really dumb stuff, no question about it. Offensive stuff, in some instances. And on my way to Rochester for the convention, I wondered how I would deal with that, knowing there would surely be a mega stink....
Folks, it?s been there all along the way ? the good, bad, ugly. I wish there weren?t any ugly. So does Franken. He told us so. I believe him. And I also believe that goes deeper than his Senate aspirations, but that?s just my personal take on the situation. Yes, it?s what a satirist does. Yes, it?s what a satirist who writes for or performs for Playboy or SNL or, or, or says. And group think can be pretty bawdy sometimes.
But here?s the thing that kept rising to the forefront for me as I pondered The Franken Dilemma. There is just one reason for digging and flinging and accusing and blaming in politics. Just one. It happens when your own candidate does not measure up. When your candidate is a hollow, callow chameleon. When the only way you can elevate your candidate is to tear down the opponent by fair means or foul. Usually foul, as has become the Republican modus operandi.
Let me speak plainly. Republicans cannot make Norm Coleman look good. Not enough lipstick on the planet for that porker. The only way for Republicans to distract voters from Coleman?s appalling history is to fling poo. And make no mistake (as Franken pointed out), there would be poo flying no matter who(m) the Dems endorsed. Easier with Al because he?s so totally out there. But there are people whose entire specialty is opposition research on candidates famous and obscure. They dig and dig until they find events, people, donations, photos, anything that could possibly embarrass or, in the best of all worlds, destroy, the opponent.
Read the whole post here....and don't forget the comments.