Posted: 06/11/08 20:56, Edited: 06/11/08 22:54
by Dave Mindeman
Can anybody explain what goes on in the deep recesses of the mind of Norm Coleman?
Everything he does is so politically calculated that we are left with scalp scars from the constant head scratching. The debate on the Windfall profits tax was, indeed, such an instance.
As the Pioneer Press reported, Norm did the following:
A. Sent a letter to the IRS asking for better mileage reimbursement rates. With gas prices continuing to climb, Norm actually makes some sense on this one. Head scratching optional.
B. Votes to end debate and allow a vote on a proposal to tax oil industry windfall profits. He is one of 7 Republicans to break ranks. Conservatives....commence head scratching. I am sure Norm will use the excuse that this was a cloture vote and he is ...ahem...always in favor of debate. (At least that is what he will tell conservatives). Of course, he is also holding the oil companies accountable. (At least that is what he will tell independents)
(Note: There was never any chance of the Democrats actually getting the 60 votes needed. Majority Leader Reid never even asked Senator Obama to attend knowing that he did not have the votes. So, in reality, this could have been just another "political" vote by Norm)
C. Voted against closing debate and essentially voting against a Democratic proposal extending tax breaks for wind, solar and other alternative energy development, which expire this year.
Now, he voted with Republicans on cloture, so he can't say he is always in favor of debate. And, although he claims to be in favor of moving toward renewable energy, he is squashing the current extension to do just that. Liberals and Independents...commence head scratching.
Only Norm Coleman could accomplish those 3 things and still continue to say... (A) he is a man of principle (at least the principle that pertains to whom he is pandering at the time). (B) Works to bring people together (just not all at the same time, I guess). and (C) consistently votes for Minnesota interests (depending on how you interpret it in Normspeak).
You now have permission to commence head scratching....
Incidently, the Polinaut blog reported the windfall profits voting this way:
Senate Republicans defeat attempts to tax ?excessive oil company profits.? GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and DFL Sen. Norm Coleman voted for the bill.
Conservatives might call that a Freudian slip? Actually, it was a typo (since corrected) that meant to say DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar also voted for the bill. But, Norm can be confusing to the media, too....