October 30, 2006

Zzzzzz: Strib Crowns A-Klo

Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

Surprising nobody, the Strib endorses A-Klo for U.S. Senate.

The timing is clearly right for Amy Klobuchar. Long recognized as a rising political talent, Klobuchar has come into her own during this year's high-profile campaign to replace fellow DFLer Mark Dayton in the U.S. Senate.
No, really. The Strib says so. It must be true.
Her message is spot on, her competence is manifest and her direct, upbeat and outgoing personality seems equally comfortable in every small town, suburb and city in Minnesota. The Star Tribune recommends Amy Klobuchar's election on Nov. 7.
Her message is standard-issue DFL, Minneapolis' crime rates and catch-and-releast policy call her competence into harsh dispute, and she has the personality of a politician.
Had Kennedy been campaigning from the private sector or a state-level post, it would be easier to listen to him argue, as he did recently on "Meet the Press," that we can't "TiVo and play replays" on Iraq, that the focus should only be forward. But Kennedy and his fellow members of Congress have yet to be held accountable for their credulous backing of the president, even in light of ever-emerging evidence that the White House misread the situation and misled the public from day one of this shameful war. Kennedy's recent acknowledgment that mistakes have been made seems more a desperate campaign move than evidence of serious rethinking, given that he still supports current administration policy.
Against which we have...
Klobuchar argues for acknowledging reality -- i.e. that "this really is a civil war, sectarian civil war. There is terrorism there. But to solve this, it's going to be a diplomatic and political solution."

Hennepin County attorney since 1999, Klobuchar has spent the past several years focusing on crime and running a large prosecutorial office.

And run it badly, using its various tools for appeasing special interests and self-promotion as a stepping stone to higher office from day one.
Nevertheless, she offers informed opinions on U.S. policy both at home and abroad

Informed opinions?

She said we should pull US troops out of Iraq and put them in Afghanistan, ready to come racing back if the situation goes south.

In whose world is this "well-informed"? Afghanistan makes a lousy base for starters - what sense does it make to leave a place and "plan" to take it back later?

Why, that makes as much sense as continually releasing convicted criminals to the streets on probation, to re-commit crime after crime!

Are we seeing a pattern, here?

The whole thing reads like...

...I was going to say "PR copy", and it does read like that. But more than that - its like the Strib editors are writing about a friend, not a politician. Almost like it's the daughter of their old pal and drinking buddy.

For whose political career the Strib has been carrying water for the better part of a decade.

Posted by Mitch at October 30, 2006 06:52 AM | TrackBack

I'm sure it helps too, that she spent some of her childhood hanging around with dad at the office--the same office.

Posted by: RBMN at October 30, 2006 10:03 AM
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