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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Cut-and-run Kennedy

Mark Kennedy's campaign strategy is to flee from President Bush and the Republican Party. Too bad that nobody is going to let him get away with it. The Star Tribune dissects Kennedy's laughable claims at being "independent."

Co-authoring bills with Democrats, which is what Kennedy seems to think proves his bipartisan bona fides, is ridiculous. That stuff does not matter. If Kennedy introduced a bill making pistachio the official U.S. National Ice Cream Flavor, and got some Democrat to sign on as a co-author, does that make him bipartisan? No, the things that count are little issues like how Kennedy voted for Bush's horrible budget.

Kennedy's responses are bizarre. He says that Klobuchar shouldn't be considered to be a prosecutor, because she only runs the Hennepin County Attorney's office, as if that isn't a big deal. That's like arguing that a doctor who isn't cutting people open isn't a doctor. He says that Klobuchar should "specify how she differs from Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats." Hey Mark, they are called issues; learn to listen to them when they come out of her mouth. He disparages the CQ's partisanship index, the index that all experts say is the best measure of partisanship out there. Finally, he accused the Star Tribune of "cherry-picking" facts to make him look partisan, like the fact that he votes with Republicans more than 90 percent of the time. Yes, those pesky out-of-context facts.

I guess if Kennedy keeps telling us how many pistachio ice cream bills he has co-authored with Democrats, it will be all right.


At 7:19 PM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever I look at a picture of Kennedy, I notice there seems to be a lot of anger seething behind his eyes. Sort of a cornered animal look.

This isn't the first time Kennedy has lashed out at people who question him. A few months ago, the Strib was asking the candidates about Iraq, and they posted transcripts of the remarks Klobuchar, Bell, and Kennedy made to their reporters. Within a few questions, Kennedy had referred to Klobuchar's position as "spew" (completely unprompted; the reporter hadn't mentioned Klobuchar), and began berating the reporter for not asking him how the U.S. is going to "win" in Iraq. Put him under pressure, infringe on his narrative, and Kennedy quickly gets upset and flails around.

At 10:20 AM, August 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Kennedy running for Senate just shows you the contempt that the Republican Party has for Minnesota. They think we don't notice the lapdog Coleman jumping up on Bush's lap so one more won't matter.

Mark Kennedy shows his contempt for Minnesotans by continuing to run ads that lie about his voting record and thinking the ignorant yokels won't notice.

At 2:32 PM, August 08, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

Kennedy's latest round of ads are nauseating to say the least. His outright lying on his voting record is the worst, the real facts state that he has been in bed with Bush 98% of the time. The other two percent is probably because he simply didn't vote or failed to show for the vote. See, I have as much basis in my statements as Kennedy does in his.


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