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Thursday, August 17, 2006


Is anybody else as apathetic about Minnesota campaigns as I am right now? For some reason, it's just not interesting at all, any of it.


At 11:17 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Welcome to my world. This is exactly why I post so infrequently. I just cannot get very excited about what I am seeing at this point in the cycle.

At 11:29 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger Phoenix Woman said...

Here's something to get the juices flowing:

Remember the big stink the Powerline boys made over Minnesota state senator Keith Ellison's having as a college student -- along with many other naive black men who soon learned their lesson -- had the most tenuous and temporary of connections to Louis Farrakhan?

Remember, also, just how much the Powerline boys love Joe Lieberman, their favorite (former) Democrat?

Well, guess what:

Back in 2000 -- long after Keith Ellison and every key black leader and national figure had rejected Farrakhan's bigotry and anti-semitism, guess who was cuddling up to the guy?

C'mon, guess.

OK, I'll tell you: Joe Lieberman.

Check it out, right here:

The Lieberman campaign is trying to frighten white voters in Connecticut -- and Democrats in Washington -- by reminding them over and over again that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson support Lamont. This week, the senator's aides told the New York Times that playing the two African-American preachers off against Lamont will enhance Lieberman's appeal on an independent ballot line. "Primary night was the first time that many Connecticut voters saw Lamont on TV, and he's surrounding himself with two of the more divisive and problematic figures in the Democratic Party," said Dan Gerstein, the Lieberman campaign's communications director.

It's true that Jackson and Sharpton, who bustled onto the podium the evening of the primary to grab their share of the Lamont spotlight, tend to be polarizing figures. But what if Lamont had praised an even more polarizing black leader? What would Lieberman say if his rival had reached out to someone really outrageous, like Louis Farrakhan?

If he were honest, he'd exclaim "Great idea!" -- because that's exactly what he said six years ago.

Lieberman can hope to get away with his racially inflammatory strategy only if everyone else forgets not only his habit of sucking up to Jackson and Sharpton but his history of stroking the most bigoted black leader in the world. Evidently he and Gerstein (who was also his spokesman during the 2000 presidential campaign) expect that nobody will mention the embarrassing episode when Lieberman's ambition (and opportunism) led him to praise Farrakhan. Given the laziness and amnesia that afflict the national press corps, they may be right.

At 3:13 AM, August 18, 2006, Anonymous carlo73 said...

I think it is important for citizens not only in Minnesota to get involved with affairs like politics. It may be a touchy issue but it affects all of us. The presence of wrong persons in seats of authority and power could greatly alter policies and issues.

At 7:11 AM, August 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far few issues have been articulated except the laughs caused by Mark Kennedy's dumb ads... geek pretends to be "independant" and have a sense of humor.

I think it would help if the DFL got off its' fat behind and took the battle to Gimmicky Timmy and the Republican Rightwing that runs Minnesota right now.

Perhaps if that fat guy that represents the Taxpayers League could explain what he is going to have the Republicans actually do if they get elected we might have a race?

At 9:17 AM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Phoenix Woman said...

By the way, the people coordinating the attacks on Ellison are rather desperate to keep their true affiliations out of the news.

For instance, I just found out something really interesting this morning:

One of the more generous Minnesota Republican donors in the 2006 cycle is none other than Daniel Rosen, the Minneapolis attorney who’s been leading the attacks against Keith Ellison while pretending to be an allegedly “non-partisan” member of the Twin Cities Jewish community. Somehow, the news of Rosen’s Republican ties never managed to make it into any of the local stories or GOP blogger posts that cited his attacks on Ellison.

And for the final cherry on the irony — or is it hypocrisy? — sundae, I don’t recall Mr. Rosen ever coming out to attack Joe Lieberman for Lieberman’s sucking up to Louis Farrakhan in the spring of 2000, which as I've already noted was long after Keith Ellison and pretty much every reputable national black leader had renounced and denounced Farrakhan and his anti-semitic views.

At 10:40 AM, August 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not interested? How would you feel if Minnesota became a real "swing state", as so many people are trying to make a reality. Remember, righties are real whimps when it comes to thinking for themselves. It's very important that WE remind them to take what their conservative nutbag friends tell them with a big grain of salt.

Also, don't forget that typically what happens here in Minnesota tends to have a lot of impact on how the rest of the states fall. If Minnesota desides to send the R's home with a doorknob bruise on their collective ass, there are a bunch of other "swing states" who may sit up and take notice.


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