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The Politics Of The Absurd

Category: Al Franken
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.
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Mike McFadden Says YES To Chinese Steel

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 08/09/14 16:04

by Dave Mindeman

Maybe it wasn't such a bad thing when Mike McFadden kept quiet and wouldn't talk about the issue....because lately he has been talking and it hasn't been pretty.

Which makes it a little strange that the Washington GOP invited McFadden to give the weekly address. He stayed on message with a careful script. But it was a recent off the cuff question from a reporter that has opened up a can of worms....

...a question put to McFadden was: If the cheapest steel comes from China, is that OK? "I would love to see us use U.S. products when we can," McFadden said. "But it must be cost competitive. I am a supporter of free and fair trade." So, Forum News Service pressed, would Chinese steel be OK? "Yes," McFadden replied, "If it is not being subsidized by the Chinese government."

Scoring play? Error- McFadden.

I'm not sure how McFadden can pander to the Iron Range interests on the issue of Polymet and then botch the steel question so badly.

You could even get around the issue while promoting "free and fair" trade because the Chinese are always stacking the deck on steel. But McFadden used the "YES" word. Chinese steel OK? YES.

Survey says? Bad answer.

McFadden is being heavily promoted by the Republican Senate caucus and Norm Coleman has put all of his political capital into a McFadden campaign. But as media scrutiny increases the number of unforced errors coming from McFadden show us clearly that he is a novice on Minnesota issues....and that his business acumen clearly does not translate into political acumen.

What is even worse for the GOP is that the steel comment could start to reflect on the rest of the ticket and the 8th District inroads that the state GOP has been cultivating could be lost in translation.

The more McFadden talks, the bigger Al Franken's smile gets.
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McFadden Loves Coal - That's The Problematic Emotion Here

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 08/06/14 19:11

by Dave Mindeman

Mike McFadden is not a very thoughtful candidate. If he were, he wouldn't be so quick to embrace coal as an energy policy. He made a curious statement in regards to energy policy....

"We need arguments that are based on science and not on emotion," he said. "I'm very concerned about the war on coal that has taken place. I support all forms of energy."

I have never really thought of coal as an emotional issue. And the science is clear - coal is bad for the environment.

Coal is a cheap form of energy and that has kept it in play despite our efforts to move beyond it. It is all economic.

And there is this effort to promote "clean coal" technology as an excuse to continue to keep it at the forefront. Clean coal is still a dream as an affordable means of utilizing coal. Although it is possible to sequester the carbon underground or in the ocean, it also creates its own set of additional problems. Especially ocean sequester which could change the pH of the water and damage sea life.

Coal is just dirty. Plain and simple. It needs to be replaced and there is bipartisan resistance to do that because coal has political clout in some important states.

But the science is clear (even if opaque to McFadden) and a future of renewables has to move away from coal.

It is not an emotional issue - it is a matter of earth friendly science.
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