Posted: 09/23/14 15:39
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, it 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.