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Ad Wars: Norm Coleman Running Out of Time?

Now that just eight weeks (!) separate us from the fall election, the television ads are flying fast and furious.

With so much out there, it's hard to separate the good from the mediocre and the just plain bad. But, even amid the cacophony, a new commercial in Minnesota being run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's independent expenditure wing stands out.

Let's take a look:

The ad begins with images of Iraq -- helicopters, fires -- and of sand in an hourglass while a narrator intones: "Its been five years since the invasion of Iraq. And Norm Coleman still has his head in the sand, still supports George Bush's war."

After those jabs comes the haymaker in the form of audio of Coleman taken from a mid-June press conference in which he was asked whether his support for the 2002 use of force resolution against Iraq was a mistake.

"Uhh. No. No. No," Coleman sputters -- a struggle helpfully annotated at the bottom of the screen. OUCH.

"Senator Coleman, time's up," the narrator says at the ad's conclusion as the sand runs into the hourglass.

Why does the ad work? Because it uses Coleman's own words on the war to make the case that he is out of step with the people of Minnesota -- where anti-war sentiment is as strong as anywhere in the country with the possible exception of New Hampshire. And, it successfully links Coleman to President Bush, whose approval rating in Minnesota is somewhere in the used car dealer/journalist range.

The race between Coleman and comedian Al Franken is already shaping up to be one of the nastiest, most expensive and closest in the country -- just how The Fix likes them!

Coleman's ads -- produced by the renowned Scott Howell and Heath Thompson -- have been as good as any this cycle ("He brought hockey back!") but with this commercial Democrats have shown they area ready to go toe to toe with the Coleman campaign over the last eight weeks of the contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 9, 2008; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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A potential problem for Republicans, is that more and more average people might be waking up, and we ask embarrassing questions when we do. That's not good for any politician. Yeah, they do think we're stupid and they've often been right.

But I think it's going to get worse for Republicans now because Senator McCain selected far right Gov. Palin for a running mate, irritating many women voters who laid the groundwork for her comfortable Laura Ashley ascent. It's a numbers game, of course, we'll see how many women have been truly repulsed come Nov 4.

Maybe more importantly, McCain has irritated his supporters and friends in the MSM. Suddenly, he shuts the door in their faces and they aren't able to do even pretend to do their jobs.

The upcoming debates will be of great interest for more than their entertainment value, as the Republicans try to spin their way out of the disastrous last eight years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Come on Bob D. Who is closer to Hitler and any potential attempts at world domination, Putin or Sadaam 6 years ago? We've started 2 different wars on two different fronts. Can we take another 100 or 200 billion a year to fight a third or fourth? Talk about bankrupting our economy. If we had kept the trillion dollars in the bank, or spent it on developing new energy sources, we wouldn't have to give a hoot about the middle east or Iraq and we could concentrate on terrorists.

Posted by: joer | September 13, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"You liberals all have your heads in the sand. What about the 500 tons of uranium found in Iraq? Did you not hear about that? Why is this not in the Liberal Media?"

Because it doesn't exist, and it never did, that's why.

Great ad. It's about time Minnesota kicked out that carpetbagger Coleman.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 13, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

This ad is nothing but a cheap shot by the wussie-left.

Okay, the left Bush haters want peace. Here's a newsflash... SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. The trouble is you are not going to achieve it cowering in a corner. History teaches us this time after time, but the loons from the left just don't seem to get it, or want to accept it.

The Bush Doctrine, which is to go after terrorists and countries that harbor,or sponsor terror groups BEFORE THEY ATTACK US.

Hypothetically, let's send Obama and your funny boy Franken back 70 years to September 1938 and deal with Hitler. Would they cow-tow to the Nazis like Neville Chamberlain did? Gee that worked well. (He resigned in disgrace)

Fast forward to 2009. Do we trust Franken-Bama with Iran?

Check the facts: the surge worked and we have turned the corner in Iraq thanks to the strength, dedication and sacrifice of our troops.

Ps. More than 125 people were murdered in Chicago this summer, which is double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq during the same time.

I'm (not) Al Franken


Posted by: Bob D. | September 12, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The ad's pretty good, but Al Franken, seriously?! Interesting that they didn't show a picture of Al Franken at the end... it would have taken the average viewer a nanosecond to get the joke, laugh and then vote for Coleman. How considerate of Minnisotans - I guess they're planning to vote for Coleman and considered the Democratic primary a throwaway so they chose Al Franken to give the rest of the country a good laugh. The country appreciates the comic relief!

Posted by: MediaMan | September 12, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

You liberals all have your heads in the sand. What about the 500 tons of uranium found in Iraq? Did you not hear about that? Why is this not in the Liberal Media? Because it was a major reason we went to war and it would give credibility to Bush and the war itself!! It was there!! Why did the US Military not let us know until after it was sent to Canada? Because every Jihad Terrorist would be there trying to get it!! They had all the ingredients for a warhead but one!! It was taken back by the Russians before just the war!!

Not willing to give the future of my children over to a bunch of SELFISH liberal people. That is why I will not ever vote for the likes of Obama!!

Posted by: milo | September 12, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama got to big headed and is now showing his true self. He can no longer think , he's stumbling for words when they're right in front of him. As far as refering to lipstick on a pig. If he was referring to Sarah I don't think she will be affended as everyone knows pigs are very smart and when cornered you better get out of their way. Finally someone has knocked curious george out of his tree.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/user/DeptofPeace

Now HERE is a funny commercial ...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Franken getting back in the game. I was starting to think we'd lose this one by default.

Posted by: aleks | September 11, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Here is an ad that was made with no funding. It features our history since 9/11 through the front pages of the Chicago Tribune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxaksV2c6Pw

Posted by: bilco5 | September 10, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The choice is simple. Do you want a President & Vice-President who will shoot first (McCain-Palin) or do you want a President & Vice-President who will talk first (Obama-Biden)on the world stage.

We've already had eight years of a maverick world leader who shoots first and worries about the messy cleanup later. Thanks but no thanks.

Posted by: Hoosier State | September 10, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I wish that whoever is making these ads for Franken would make a few for Obama. This one is absolutely fantastic.

Posted by: Patrick | September 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The ABC affiliate in Mpls/St Paul showed the Monday night Packers-Vikings game. I saw two ads for the Coleman-Franken race, both were pro-Franken. The first was a Franken approved ad and the second was this DSCC ad you mention. The Packer-Viking game is as big as it gets in Minnesota. Does Coleman have money trouble?

Posted by: muD | September 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A couple points of interest.

Although Norm did bring back hockey, he was the Democrat Mayor of St. Paul at the time. He switched parties to run for the Senate.

Al is from St. Louis Park MN while Norm is from Brooklyn.

Our 2006 Senate race was going to be close but turned out to be landslide for the Democrat.

Posted by: Vlad | September 10, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Norm Coleman's troubles began when he attempted to confront a member of the U.K. Parliament, George Galloway, who wrapped him us as neatly as well dressed holiday turkey.

Posted by: Steve | September 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As a democrat,we are not running scare
of the attack dog with lipstick,we just
pis@@ed of that she offended us with her
BS about how much better she is than us
with her lying,uneducated,bitter,and nasty
persona,I say hit this helfer,with the truth about herself,and she will sink
McPain, and the whole Republican party
by herself,the Phoney hypocrat could never
lead an progressive country like ours
in the 21st century!And you name calling
repubs, don't worry Obama and Biden
will WIN THIS NOV.BECAUSE WE WON'T LET
YOU PUNKS DESTROY OUR COUNTRY NO MORE
ENOUGHT IS ENOUGH! YOU SEE HOW MAC
THREW HIS OWN PARTY UNDER THE BUS,WELL
HE WILL DO THE SAME TO AMERICA,WE CAN'T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH OUT LET PUT ALL
THE REPUB'S OUT OF THEIR MISERABLE MENTAL
STATE THIS YEAR! LANDSLIDE DEMOCRATS!

OBAMA/BIDEN (08)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

10:34 a.m. rant

"I think that freedom of speech only applies to me and my silly posts. Anyone that disagrees with me must be harassed into silence."

Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator's helper | September 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Hello Norm,I see that you have still
manage to evade justice, for your criminal
act! that you and little dick, did on Sen.Wellstone. and why can't you be a real
leader or man? and apogolize to the UN.Sec
General for witch hunting him and lying
on him in your infamous food for oil scandal,and what have you did within the
last six years in improve or better our
state or the country besides carry water
for Bush and the neocon's also I was
at the X center last weekend, and that
uncle tom arse st.paul chief and his
goons, started the provokecation of the
protesters, and we know you were part
of that undertaking1 and one more thing
I would like to say to minnesota citzens
remember Al Franken was the guy who
years ago wrote the book, that Rush
Limbaugh was a big fat idoit! how about
that for leadership. i wish other Democrats
had his backbone and stand up to the
right wing hate machine!

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

To the poster at 10:26


You should identify yourself as a paid Obama staffer - and each time you post you should state clearly that you are working for the Obama campaign.


You should stop your opposition to FREEDOM OF SPEECH.


At this point, your efforts to silence the opposition appear more socialist and communist than anything.


America is the land of the Free - if you do not like it please leave the country.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

5:56 a.m. spam -

"Nothing new - just the same cut-and-paste garbage. No need to bother with it."

Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator | September 10, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

You know I did not want to say anything against Barney but I think Keith and that Maddow dude got something homosexual going on between them. Not that there is anything wrong with that. People have a right to be what they want. I'm just saying Keith doesn't want Obama as a life partner. He just wants to get him elected real bad. And some times it comes across as him defending his man. That is what is sick. Obama is married and a empty suit. That is what is so disturbing about it.

Posted by: Jerry | September 10, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Fix when are they going to get rid of your friend Keith Obamaman? Every one knows he loves Obama! But But his interview was over the top. It's a good thing it was conducted via satelite otherwise you know the two of them would be playing footsie under the desk. It was repugnant watching the lovefest. You can clearly see the glee of Keith's face...

Posted by: Barney | September 10, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Chris -

Can you do a post on the Dole/Hagan race please? I would love to read your insights.

Emily

Posted by: NC Dem | September 10, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

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OBAMA LOOKS LIKE A LIGHT-WEIGHT NEXT TO JOE BIDEN. The democratic party superdelegates, in their rush to make a Presidential choice motivated more by affirmative action than qualifications, have completely destroyed the democratic party's chances this year.


superdelegates.


http://www.myspace.com/37thandostreet


The democratic party had two excellent candidates to choose from: Joe Biden and Chris Dodd - their contributions starved both for cash and the voters IGNORED ALL CONSIDERATION OF ACTUAL QUALIFICATIONS and picked Obama with Hillary second.


The democrats have only themselves to blame for fielding a weak candidate.


Actually Obama is a pathetic candidate - no experience in foreign policy - Obama has built a career on MAXING OUT EVERY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM HE COULD FIND UNTIL HE TURNED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS INTO AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA.


The democratic party did it to themselves.


McCain is the stronger candidate - the people around him are brilliant - they put on an excellent convention which propelled McCain and Palin ahead in the polls by five points.


Obama's convention was horrible, it was a strain to watch the hillary-bill saga play out again.


How the Conventions are managed is important - McCain gets an A+++ and Obama gets a B- or C+.

Seriously Chris - McCain is the stronger candidate and he is extremely more qualified to be President - to vote for the other guy is to risk this nation's national security with some inexperienced affirmative-action guy who shouldn't even be in Washington.


Seriously Chris - this election is out of hand.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 10, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Let's go back to the political ad for a minute. Using a candidate's own words against him is very effectve. One thing no one can run from is their own words. A smart play here by the Democrats. It would be more effective if the issue were the economy. Iraq is winding down and will not be an issue soon.

Side note: I'd really like to see my fellow bloggers debate some real issues instead of media driven distractions like "pig lips" or a candidate's family life. Start talking about experience, policies, energy, etc. Give the personal attacks a rest.

Posted by: Capt Howard | September 10, 2008 5:33 AM | Report abuse

i don't agree that Ohio will be in Obama's column. In fact, I don't think that Ohio's is going to the pivot state. I think that this time, Virginia is the real player here. Given the grass roots organization and populated area in northern virginia. I think Obama would take Virginia in his column. A swap of Virginia and Ohio in the candidates column will be more appropriate.

Posted by: grace | September 10, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

This 37th&OStreet posts a lot, but I don't understand a word of what he's saying. Is there anyone who can translate his ravings?

Oops, my bad. I see that there is a translator for him. Let's read this here ... hmmm ... oh, I see ... uh-huh ... yes. Got it.

After reading the translation, I must say that you are some piece of work, 37th&OStreet. Good luck!

Posted by: Some Guy | September 10, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

If a right-wing nutball types in CAPITAL LETTERS and nobody reads his ravings, is the world still safe for lunatics?

Posted by: Brian | September 9, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

No, it's about Al Franken and Norm Coleman.

Posted by: dch | September 9, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Let's get a grip on ourselves here - just a few weeks ago you were saying that this election is "all about Obama" and you were wondering how the Republicans were going to deal with that.

That this election is "all about Obama" is out the window.


McCain-Palin have won the personality portion of the competition - everyone is talking about Sarah and no one cares about Obama anymore. In a sense, Obama is a victim of his own campaign strategy.


Clearly, Obama is suffering from another underreported aspect:


OBAMA LOOKS LIKE A LIGHT-WEIGHT NEXT TO JOE BIDEN. The democratic party superdelegates, in their rush to make a Presidential choice motivated more by affirmative action than qualifications, have completely destroyed the democratic party's chances this year.


superdelegates.


http://www.myspace.com/37thandostreet


The democratic party had two excellent candidates to choose from: Joe Biden and Chris Dodd - their contributions starved both for cash and the voters IGNORED ALL CONSIDERATION OF ACTUAL QUALIFICATIONS and picked Obama with Hillary second.


The democrats have only themselves to blame for fielding a weak candidate.


Actually Obama is a pathetic candidate - no experience in foreign policy - Obama has built a career on MAXING OUT EVERY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM HE COULD FIND UNTIL HE TURNED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS INTO AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA.


The democratic party did it to themselves.


McCain is the stronger candidate - the people around him are brilliant - they put on an excellent convention which propelled McCain and Palin ahead in the polls by five points.


Obama's convention was horrible, it was a strain to watch the hillary-bill saga play out again.


How the Conventions are managed is important - McCain gets an A+++ and Obama gets a B- or C+.

Seriously Chris - McCain is the stronger candidate and he is extremely more qualified to be President - to vote for the other guy is to risk this nation's national security with some inexperienced affirmative-action guy who shouldn't even be in Washington.


Seriously Chris - this election is out of hand.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 9, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

OMG! He didn't say that! Oh no he didn't! Palin & McCain = BFF!!!! ;-)

Sarah Palin is better than The Hills! OMG! McCain should have picked Spencer! OMG!

37th&OMG!

Posted by: 37th&OMGstreet | September 9, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator | September 9, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Which one of you would like to explain to me why Sarah Palin should NOT be asked questions about the economy, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, foreign policy, the goverment's bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the deficit...

It's not sexist to expect a candidate to have answers. Its sexist to hide her from reporters while howling sexism and asking faux questions like "Do Democrats hate working moms?"

You know good and well that Obama never called Palin a pig, and yet you keep repeating it. This is just a dodge, plain and simple so that you won't have to admit that McCain made an incredibly poor judgment call in picking Palin.

Posted by: Ann | September 9, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I think most of the folks trying to say Obama "called Palin a pig" today must be paid, LYING Republican trolls and spin-meisters. Because nobody with 1/10th of a brain who had seen the clips would be stupid enough to think that Obama "called Palin a pig." He was only talking about McCain's policies, making the point they are the same as Bush's.

Fortunately, anybody with 1/10th of a brain can just pull up the YouTube clip and see that what he said had nothing to do with Palin... or has already seen it on TV.

Chill out, GOP spin-meisters... you're making yourselves look pretty foolish on this one.

Posted by: frededias | September 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign needs to run ads along the lines of what John Stewart did on the Daily Show, using the words of the candidates against themselves, as opposed to the pundits that Stewart skewered.

If you have not caught this video, it is a must-see. It will put everything in a whole different light.

Click on the link to check it out:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/republican-hypocrisy-john-stewarts-home.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 9, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, those Norm Coleman ads are brutal. Yes, it goes after exactly the right things that resonate. Some may not work as well strategically because they look like they are targeting voters already voting for Franken. If I had to pull some I would pull the convention ones. They seem too "my team against yours" and just don't get a strong message across to undecided people. Funny, yes, but not that persuasive and not focused enough on real issues.

Posted by: Grueschenka | September 9, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

And here in lies the problem with this country. You have a group of people--Republicans who are willing to vote against their best interest because of personality. They don't want to face reality. HELLO people Republicans are the reason this country is in the shape we are in. McCain is a Republican. All this change he's talking about, what has HE been doing the past 7.5 years? If he is such a MAVERICK, what has he done? NOTHING. He is no different than Obama or any other politician. Palin? Do you people really think this hockey mom "pit bull" is ready on day one to be President? She can't even meet the press. She has to be tutored. I'm afraid of that since it took 6 years and 5 different colleges to get a degree in Journalism. To dismiss Obama's education from prestigious colleges and his experience in the state Senate and US Senate is just plain ridiculous. Vote for what is best for the country. If you can't do that at least be honest with yourself and admit to yourself that you don't care about accountability, you don't care that this country is quickly failing and that it has all happened under a Republican President and Congress. Think for yourself and stop listening to Conservative propaganda.

Posted by: catmom | September 9, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama shouldn't apologize for calling Palin a pig until McCain apologizes to America for being shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese. What great shame and failure McCain has brought to the American people. If this were Japan he would have committed suicide already for his failure but here in the United States we just make him a hero. What and the hell is wrong with people. God hear our prayers. God help us all.

Posted by: Johna The Christian Nihilist | September 9, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 9, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

So the latest poll out of Ohio has McCain up 51% to Obama's 44%, and Chris gives Ohio to Obama. Liberal math. Put your finger in your eye and count, because a bad teacher's job was saved.

Posted by: Karen | September 9, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Now that Obama has called a female governor of a US state a pig, do we need to discuss anything else? Obama calls women sweetie and pays them less than men. Obama is out of touch with America.

Posted by: Karen | September 9, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The freakshow of democrats running versus a noble man like Norm Coleman? The Fix uses it space to forward the candidacy of an extremist liberal like Al Franken? Can you get any less credible? Notice how few republican commercial make it to Chris's fantasy fest? Fight back against the media.

Posted by: Karen | September 9, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

TALK ABOUT BEING OFF MESSAGE


OBAMA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING AMERICA TO THE "NEW POLITICS." OBAMA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE "THE ONE" TO SHOW AMERICA THE WAY.


Running scared and worried, message thrown aside, Obama is making mistakes


Quotes from Politico today below:


IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE HOW THROWN-OFF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS RIGHT NOW - COMPLETELY OFF MESSAGE AND REELING - IS THIS HOW OBAMA WOULD RESPOND IN A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS ???

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QUOTES FROM POLITICO ENCLOSED BELOW:


"Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are intensifying their attacks on Sarah Palin, as her sustained and surprising central role in this race is upending Obama’s strategy and often overshadowing McCain.

Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan on Tuesday – introducing Joe Biden at a campaign event – ripped into Palin’s record and punctuated it with this snarky jab. “There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick,” he said. Obama himself used similar langauge later in the day about the McCain-Palin reform rhetoric, saying "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said. "It's still a pig."

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, as part of his endorsement of Obama, said Palin “scares the hell out of me.” And Obama hit Palin in nearly a dozen different press releases – one day after drawing laughs at a campaign stop by calling her a “moose shooter.”

It isn’t just Democratic officials who are fixated on Palin. Media outlets on the left – from Talking Points Memo to Huffington Post – are loaded with hard-hitting stories about Palin. McCain often seems like he’s playing second fiddle."

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 9, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama just put his foot in his mouth big time. I wonder if the women of America will appreciate Obama calling Sarah Palin a "pig." Whatever happened to "post-partisan politics?" What happened to "improving our standing in the world?" What kind of example does this set for his daughters? Obama has proven time and again that he is not fit to be a dog catcher, let alone President. He even failed as a"community organizer." What joke.

Posted by: Dave | September 9, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Finally! More shiggity against the republibamas!

Posted by: Huggy Low Down | September 9, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

TALK ABOUT BEING OFF MESSAGE


OBAMA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING AMERICA TO THE "NEW POLITICS." OBAMA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE "THE ONE" TO SHOW AMERICA THE WAY.


Running scared and worried, message thrown aside, Obama is making mistakes


Quotes from Politico today below:


IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE HOW THROWN-OFF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS RIGHT NOW - COMPLETELY OFF MESSAGE AND REELING - IS THIS HOW OBAMA WOULD RESPOND IN A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS ???


QUOTES FROM POLITICO ENCLOSED BELOW:


"Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are intensifying their attacks on Sarah Palin, as her sustained and surprising central role in this race is upending Obama’s strategy and often overshadowing McCain.

Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan on Tuesday – introducing Joe Biden at a campaign event – ripped into Palin’s record and punctuated it with this snarky jab. “There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick,” he said. Obama himself used similar langauge later in the day about the McCain-Palin reform rhetoric, saying "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said. "It's still a pig."

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, as part of his endorsement of Obama, said Palin “scares the hell out of me.” And Obama hit Palin in nearly a dozen different press releases – one day after drawing laughs at a campaign stop by calling her a “moose shooter.”

It isn’t just Democratic officials who are fixated on Palin. Media outlets on the left – from Talking Points Memo to Huffington Post – are loaded with hard-hitting stories about Palin. McCain often seems like he’s playing second fiddle."

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Posted by: K | September 9, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mindscape,

Clearly what you are saying is "Four more years! Four more years! Eight wasn't enough...I want MORE...."

All those in favor?

Posted by: dealingwithfacts | September 9, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Do I want the Republican or the egocentric would-be comedian? I don't know, do I want strychnine or a plate of feces? You tell me!

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 9, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I just loved Franken's books;

Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot - points out that ole' fatty used to be on welfare himself.

And;

Lies and the lying liars who spread the lies (or something like that) - it is all about FUX NOISE.

Both books are sooooo true and quite entertaining to read.

Posted by: vote Magoo he's a better liar | September 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! Once again the Republicans have driven our economy into the ground. If McCain wins, the middle class loses big time. I encourage everyone to vote their pocketbook and begin to reduce the ever-widening gap between rich and poor. Please, vote Democratic.

Posted by: don06 | September 9, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in the twin cities between 2003 -2005 and I think Minnesota has one of the most politically aware and active voters in the union. And the people are extremely nice and civic. However, I can attest that Norman is really way out of step with the voters on the state. He’s simply an opportunist former Democrats, who switched party with the cheering of GW. His time is up for sure.

Posted by: Coleman sucks | September 9, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Finally!!!!!!!

Americans are starting to wake up and McCain/Palin are ahead.

This country should realize how catastrophic it would be to place Obama, the most liberal senator in history, and Biden, a very close to most liberal senator, anywhere near the White House!!!

McCain/Palin have the experience, values, ideas, and platform to place this country on the track to prosperity.

McCain/Pailn '08(and '12!!)

Posted by: Mindscape | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris. I quote you "Why does the ad work? Because it uses Coleman's own words on the war to make the case that he is out of step with the people of Minnesota -- where anti-war sentiment is as strong as anywhere in the country with the possible exception of New Hampshire."

It's not New Hampshire that's so totally anti-war. It's Vermont. Please get your facts straight. Boy, do I wish that NH was so anti-war. Then I wouldn't have to worry so much about that totally wierd State.

Posted by: The Observer | September 9, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin continues to repeat the claim that she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks," for the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere" project. Apparently Sarah didn't get the memo: her claim has been thoroughly debunked by the media ...

Posted by: just can't stop lying | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Franken will win this race. "Pundits" keep giving Coleman the edge (often based only on whatever polls have just come out), but they forget that this is a hugely Democratic year in an already Democratic state that is solidly with Dems on the issues. You might compare it to Brown-DeWine in 06, or Chafee-Whitehouse. With Coleman making mistakes like this (see also his videotaped comments on Bush-McCain from the convention in St. Paul), Franken doesn't need to be the best possible candidate for the Dems to win.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | September 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Any pulse the Republican Party had left after the eight year trampling it got from the incompetent George Bush has now been silence by John McCain's idiotic selection of Gov. Sarah Palin. This goes beyond bad judgement. An error this grave warrants a brain scan.

Posted by: TW | September 9, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone but Franken could have won this year against Coleman, and any Democrat other than Obama could have won the White House for the Democrats. But Democrats love these flawed candidates, so we have a no-experience friend of terrorists (Obama's buddy Bill Ayers used to blow up police stations for sport) at the top of the Democratic ticket for President, and a middle-weight comedian soft-on-terror pacifist running against Coleman. I predict in an otherwise great night for Democrats, McCain-Palin and Coleman WIN.

Posted by: Tom Peters | September 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Have I missed something, or why does 37th St. keep harping on affirmative action? Is he suggesting that Sen. Obama only got into Harvard due to AA?

Sen. Obama has his baggage with Rev. Wright, Rezko and with Ayres. But McCain has his own problems with Keating, his first wife and at best a checkered military career.

And now we're trying to "vet" the VPs, but McCain doesn't want Gov. Palin to be interviewed by anyone who, he believes, won't treat her with "deference?" That's probably why he'll never send her overseas, where the press works to reveal warts and all. Gee, what a great VP, one who can't go overseas!

Posted by: bulldog6 | September 9, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

37th&OStreet:
You have to be seriously dellusional to think that the republican convention was a hit or an excellent convention. It was pretty boring to anyone who is from the emerging generation. The republicans are pinning their entire strategy on the Iraq War (btw a collosal failure and breach of the no-blink first doctrine) and security. Is McCain eluding that we should elect him b/c the US will always be in a state of war? At some point we will be pulling out of Iraq, then what? McCain/Palin do not have a plan for that and as a result the misery index will shoot through the roof. McCain's entire strategy is nothing more than war and the eternal state of war. How about hearing from progressive ideas in regards to the economy, which affects more people that Iraq?

Posted by: MBAcapitalist | September 9, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Franken endorsement ad from Stuart Smiley? Eveybody's been waiting for it; why is Al disappointing us?

Posted by: J. Piscopo | September 9, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

For a "Fix" post about an ad against corrupt Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, why did the Post take an absurd and totally unrelated observation from a rambling stooge's reader comment and make it the headline for the front page?

Posted by: Steve | September 9, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

37th and O wrote:

"Blah blah blah...."

Hey, 37th,

You didn't even read the column. This is about the ad against Coleman. The Post should have a "NO SPAM" policy in the comments section.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | September 9, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats need to run a similar ad against the lying Team to Nowhere, McCain/Palin.

Posted by: delta | September 9, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Completely agree

Posted by: Barb | September 9, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Let's get a grip on ourselves here - just a few weeks ago you were saying that this election is "all about Obama" and you were wondering how the Republicans were going to deal with that.

That this election is "all about Obama" is out the window.


McCain-Palin have won the personality portion of the competition - everyone is talking about Sarah and no one cares about Obama anymore. In a sense, Obama is a victim of his own campaign strategy.


Clearly, Obama is suffering from another underreported aspect:


OBAMA LOOKS LIKE A LIGHT-WEIGHT NEXT TO JOE BIDEN. The democratic party superdelegates, in their rush to make a Presidential choice motivated more by affirmative action than qualifications, have completely destroyed the democratic party's chances this year.


superdelegates.


The democratic party had two excellent candidates to choose from: Joe Biden and Chris Dodd - their contributions starved both for cash and the voters IGNORED ALL CONSIDERATION OF ACTUAL QUALIFICATIONS and picked Obama with Hillary second.


The democrats have only themselves to blame for fielding a weak candidate.


Actually Obama is a pathetic candidate - no experience in foreign policy - Obama has built a career on MAXING OUT EVERY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM HE COULD FIND UNTIL HE TURNED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS INTO AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA.


The democratic party did it to themselves.


McCain is the stronger candidate - the people around him are brilliant - they put on an excellent convention which propelled McCain and Palin ahead in the polls by five points.


Obama's convention was horrible, it was a strain to watch the hillary-bill saga play out again.


How the Conventions are managed is important - McCain gets an A+++ and Obama gets a B- or C+.

Seriously Chris - McCain is the stronger candidate and he is extremely more qualified to be President - to vote for the other guy is to risk this nation's national security with some inexperienced affirmative-action guy who shouldn't even be in Washington.


Seriously Chris - this election is out of hand.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 9, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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