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What About Bush Makes Sen. Coleman So Flustered?

Republicans sure got tongue-tied when they were asked on the street outside their party's convention last week to express their feelings about President Bush.

Just look at Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-Minn.) response in this video. The only two words we could make out -- before the senator stuck out his tongue, rolled his eyes and shook his head -- were "well" and "uh."

The question posed to Coleman by an unidentified questioner -- a liberal operative we presume -- was: "How do you feel about the last eight years of George W. Bush?" Coleman appears at the very end of this video, but his priceless response is WELL worth the wait.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 8, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
 
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Well take another look at the RNC Convention footage -- any of it.

Do you see the words "Republican Party" anywhere?

Do you see Dick Cheney anywhere?

No?

Why?

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 8, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I excerpted the good part when I noticed this last week:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/s4xton/2831217471/

Priceless.

Posted by: Aaron Landry | September 8, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Picture it, Trinity Church 2006. Michelle Shiniqua Obama is speaking from the pulpit. Her prominent nostrils are flared, brow furrowed, and a scowl across her face. With all the inner-ghetto she can muster, Michelle Shaniqua is ranting against "whitey" and how they keep "raising the bar". All the while punching the air with a fist-bump. This my friends is what we will see in October when they release her "whitey-gate" tapes on YouTube.

I suspect the tenor of her speech will sound a little something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLj60GCBap0

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 8, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Look at the economy under Bush and the GOP. It is in the tank.

Deficit - ballooned under Bush.
Unemployment - 5 yr high
Home foreclosures - highest since the Great Depression.
Fannie May and Freddie Mac in receivership.

The GOP policies are great for CEOs. For CEOs it is reap the profits during the good times but socialism and safety nets during bad times. For the rest of us, it is always social darwinism.

McCain wants to continue all of Bush's main economic policies. God help us if he wins.

Posted by: birdman | September 8, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site" yeah, right.

Then why don't you remove comments posted by: Dianne72 | September 8, 2008 6:21 PM which reads as follows...

" Picture it, Trinity Church 2006. Michelle Shiniqua Obama is speaking from the pulpit. Her prominent nostrils are flared, brow furrowed, and a scowl across her face. With all the inner-ghetto she can muster, Michelle Shaniqua is ranting against "whitey" and how they keep "raising the bar". All the while punching the air with a fist-bump. This my friends is what we will see in October when they release her "whitey-gate" tapes on YouTube."

Does anyone but me find this very offensive and racist? Where are censors when you need them?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the observation about Michelle Obama was racist. Intentionally so.

The NY Times takes time to edit posts for just this sort of thing. There is a delay but it's worth the price. The Wash Post would be well served to follow the lead of the Times in this matter. There's nothing to be gained from printing racist rubbish, and much to be lost. The bar for integrity is lowered. Things that ought not be permissible find an audience. Follow the logic out the window and you arrive at conduct that is beyond comprehension. Slavery. Auschwitz. Abu Graib.

Speak up, people! Open your mouths in dissent.

Posted by: Tom | September 8, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Once we start censoring deplorable language by someone who clearly has some sort of pathological problem, it becomes a quick jump to censoring our political opponents.

Well, I guess the First Amendment has its limits for some people. Thank god you aren't jurists.

Posted by: Exactly | September 8, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the NY Times does a better job of cutting editing.

Posted by: amaikovich | September 8, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"Michelle Shiniqua Obama"?

It's Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama.

What a prick that poster was, eh?

Posted by: wtf | September 8, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? That racist nonsense has been on your site for five hours? Nice. Its bad enough that there are people out there that can delude themselves into believing its true. You give it a platform? Why? Because you don't feel like assigning an intern to take care of it? Or is Rush Limbaugh on the editorial board now?

Posted by: Seriously? | September 8, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I have a slightly different reaction. obviously, I'm mainly offended and incensed that a forum such as this would allow that post to exist for so long. Deplorable.

But, as long as it's already been put out there, my secondary reaction is: at least these are the ignorant people that will lose in November. The current polls don't worry me in the long run, and the fact that idiocy like Dianne72's actually finds the light of day in this context only makes me hope that its eventual defeat will make that sort of ideology all the more untenable. This election has the distasteful, but perhaps ultimately useful side effect of bringing racism in America to the fore, when most of the time in modern society it lurks, only half-seen or quietly spoken. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland calling Obama "uppity," the profound ignorance over Obama's religious views, racist emails circulated by the afraid and uninformed, and the rest of it finally has the chance to be called by its name and denounced. It's ugly, to be sure, but whereas normally it's ugly in the shadows and able to be ignored, at last we're confronted with it an no longer able to pretend we don't see.

Obama/08

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

re: blatant racial slur of Michelle Obama -- let's recognize the source in a mean-spirited person whose idea of America is one that fails to include 12% of its people -- people who belong here and nowhere else.

....

To the extent that the Democrats can pin John McCain to George W. Bush, they will win. It is that simple. Dubya has done much for a few, and those few have done far more harm to the many. Many of us wax nostalgic for Bill Clinton and the last time in which life was good. Things have gotten steadily worse under Dubya.

The same special interests that waxed fat under George W. Bush back John McCain. Note well: John McCain is the moderate face of a far-right, now un-democratic political party, as shown in the Republican National Convention.

Posted by: pbrower2a | September 9, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Does it not surprises you that all these racists, pro-McCain/Palin and neo-con gutter rats coming on here with their spew have a female name to nearly all of the radical posts they leave? Thank about it!

It's the same communist neo-cons chanting at the RNC convention... McCain's choice for VP fired-up a few neo-cons and they are trying to stifle the media and press.

Relax and it will go away in a few weeks...

Posted by: Ed | September 9, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

it's a Lobbyists for McCain (nee Billionaires for Bush joynt), according to the Minnesota Independent. http://tinyurl.com/55tj9r

Posted by: bill b. | September 9, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Norm the taxpayers want to know what happened to all their money?

Norm Coleman was tasked with senatorial oversight on the Iraq war and yet never called a single hearing to investigate the foul-ups and sweetheart no-bid contracts for Halliburton and how pallets of newly minted $100 bills simply vanished in Baghdad. Some Washington insiders are suggesting that the $23 billion Iraq war profiteering scandal may be the biggest case of war profiteering in U.S. history. Blame for this lack of oversight lies squarely at the feet of Norm Coleman.

Posted by: mnenelson | September 9, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately there are always racists, ignorant, undereducated, redneck people who will never get it. I sure hope my comment ticks off a few. I grew up with them "down south" and that is one reason I moved to Minn.

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

You know, if Coleman had just not been so greedy and thought the road to riches is to become a Republican, he might have been a decent senator.

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dianne72, for reminding me (in case I needed reminding) why I'm voting for Obama, and why this country, in spite of those opposed to treating all Americans with respect, will continue to move forward.

Posted by: Roy | September 9, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman has always been an unprincipled snake oil salesman, even when he was Democrat. He make a calculated choice to switch parties, and that choice served him well for as long as the Republicans held power.

Norm has been working hard to once again repaint himself, this time as a moderate, ever since the 2006 election. The US Senate contest against Al Franken pits Coleman the Chameleon against earnest, warts-and-all, candidate Franken who, unfortunately, has a number of visible warts. Each is an intelligent and competent individual, but with significant flaws. Minnesota voters have an interesting choice.

Posted by: cynic | September 9, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Why was the video removed from the site?

Posted by: minnesota voter | September 9, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I can only stare at these people in complete disbelief.

Why, tell me why, would you support the same party that has tanked your country and made your own life harder?

Defies logic. Implies stupidity.

Posted by: Dogtail | September 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Have not been here since I retired early this year. SOS.

Diane72 is an idiot.

Dogtail thinks that all of the bad politicians are in the same party. Got news for you dude. If Obama wins with a Dem majority (what have they done for us lately?) in congress, he's going to try to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs - American business. Oh it may not be intentional, but his knowledge of Economics is obviously lacking and he is overly influenced by anti-capitalists. You think things are tanking now? It'll be Jimmy Carter (who really is a nice person, just a bad president) all over again.

Jim left the South for Minnesota. I've lived all but 5 years of my 65 in the South, but I learned that no human being chooses their parents, but they do choose how they treat their fellow man. We ain't all like that down here Jim, and if you look around you'll find plenty of racists where you live. I'll be playing golf in Georgia December thru March with folks of all races who are members of my Golf Club while you'll be playing in the snow and ice. Enjoy, ha, ha, ha.

Posted by: actuator | September 9, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

America.....PLEASE vote for Bush...I mean McCain. Your reputation and economy is so bad even the public in your (former) allies hates your country. Wht not finish the job and have 4 more years of disasterous government. Then you would be reduced to the status of Argentina. Formerly great, now defunct.

Posted by: Geddy | September 9, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

My friends,

Obviously no reasonable, thinking person would believe that John McCain is the better candidate on the issues, so I have been taking the unusual tack of trying to smear his opponent's wife with this promise of an October surprize "video." My hope was that if I repeat it enough times in enough places, people will come to believe it is true before waiting to see it.

Of course there is no video, but you won't know that until it doesn't appear and by then it will be too late.

Please forgive me--it isn't my fault that my parents raised me to be such a racist.

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 10, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

COLEMAN IS NO SEN.WELLSTONE HE IS JUST
A WATERBOY FOR BUSH AND LITTLE DICK CHENEY
FRANKEN IS THE REAL DEAL,HE STOOD UP TO
RUSH(KIDDIE PORN)LIMBAUGH, YEARS AGO WHEN
HE WROTE HIS BOOK RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG
FAT IDOIT! COLEMAN HAS FAIL THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.HE WON'T EVEN APOLGIZE TO THE SEC. GENERAL OF THE UN FOR TRYING TO FRAME
HIM IN THE FOOD FOR OIL SCANDAL,WE IN MINNESOTA DON'T LIKE TO MISTREAT PEOPLE
LIKE THAT AND WRONG AS TWO LEFT SHOES,
HE IS A CARPET BAGGER OF THE LOWEST FORM
PLEASE LEAVE NORM.BEFORE WE PROVE YOUR SEN.
WELLSTONE CONSPIREACY>

OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: STEVEN | September 10, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

OSAMA BIN BIDEN YAY FOR FUKCING AMERICA IN THE ARSE

Posted by: STEVEN | September 10, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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