Nick Coleman – the same one that used to sneer down his patrician mainstream-media nose at all of us villein bloggers – is blogging up a storm these days.
He Who Knows Stuff has some advice for A-Klo:
Amy Klobuchar has been working hard to win the endorsement of Republican car dealers, like the ones featured in her campaign ad at the end of this post. But she hasn’t done so well impressing Minnesota progressives who are wondering why the state’s Senior U.S. Senator hasn’t been an outspoken opponent of the two heavy-handed Republican-forced constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The car dealer ad is pure AKlo — a “She’s the Senator for All Minnesota!” ad about as sharp as mush in a bowl.
She’s sharp enough to know that her popularity – sky-high though the polls show it to be – is the same kind that Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan used to have in North Dakota. Klobuchar is smart enough (or advised by people smart enough to know) that Minnesota is a purple state, that Barack Obama’s going to have all the coattails of a string bikini, and that she needs to shut up and make nice with everyone and not stick her neck out for anything.
Especially to oppose one amendment that, win or lose, will pin a negative on her, and another one that’s going to win by 3:2 even if the GOP doesn’t smoke the DFL on turnout.
There’s not much there, there with Amy Klobuchar. But she’s not that dumb.
The question is: Do Hugely Popular Politicians Still Have an Obligation to Try to Make a Difference?
Heh. Coleman apparently thought Klobuchar was Paul Wellstone, Politicians measure “obligations” as closely as engineers measure bridge gussets (which, if memory serves, Nick’s got some trouble with. And memory does indeed serve).
Part of me isn’t sure that Coleman meant this next passage exactly as it sounds. Part of me – the part that reads phrases like “do popular politicians have an obligation to make a difference” – thinks he means it exactly as written. And the third part of me really really hopes he meant it exactly as it sounds (emphasis added):
And both, at this point, seem likely to pass, in part because there is confusion among many Democrats as to how they should vote.
Are Democrats really such lemmings, or does Nick Coleman really think that’s all they are?
(Note: Requests to speak to Klobuchar, as well as to officials of her campaign, received no response).
Hey! Just like all us regular bloggers!