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MN-Senate: Coleman Puts the Kibosh On Negative Ads



Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has decided to pull negative ads, but is it too late to make a difference? (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg News)

The Minnesota Senate race -- already one of the most high-profile statewide contests in the country -- took another fascinating turn today when Sen. Norm Coleman (R) announced that he was unilaterally taking down all of his negative ads for the final 25 days of his race against comedian Al Franken (D) and independent candidate Dean Barkley.

"As of today I am suspending all negative campaign ads and am calling on those who support me to do the same," Coleman said at a press conference today -- where he also addressed suit-gate. He cited two reasons for the decision: the financial crisis, and his lack of interest in "returning to Washington for six years based on the judgment of voters that I was not as bad as the other two guys."

Coleman's announcement was greeted with skepticism by both Franken and Barkley.

Franken communications director Andy Barr likened the move to "an arsonist burning down every house in the village and then asking to be named fire chief." Ooookay.

Barkley spokesman Chris Truscott was slightly less over the top (not a difficult task), saying in part: "While Sen. Coleman tries his best to un-ring a bell, we'll continue talking with voters about the important issues facing our state and country."

Both Franken and Barkley attributed the change in Coleman's tune to recent public opinion polling that shows the incumbent's lead has evaporated in recent weeks.

And, in truth, it's hard not to see such a move as an acknowledgment that his campaign's attempt (willingly matched by Franken) to turn the race into a mud fight has backfired.

As much as voters decry negative ads, any political operative will tell you that the reason politicians keep running them is because they work. Voters -- whether they admit it or not -- are influenced by negative information about candidates and election after election has shown that if one candidate goes negative and the other doesn't respond, voters tend to believe the negative information. (See John Kerry and Swift Boats Veterans for Truth.)

The only reason for a candidate to take down all his negative ads so close to an election is because his campaign doesn't believe he can win if the race continues on its current arc. While Coleman would never say that (politicians talking about process is a recipe for disaster), it's hard to see any other reason behind his decision.

A few caveats to this convention wisdom are worth mentioning.

First and foremost, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is almost certain to stay on television with negative ads hitting Franken despite Coleman's call for a positive campaign.

Second, Minnesota has long been a politically quirky state -- it elected the very liberal Paul Wellstone and the very conservative Rod Grams -- and politics tend to be a bit different up there. It's that unorthodoxy that the Coleman campaign is banking on.

"One thing has become clear [that] this is going to be an unconventional election with right track at five percent in Minnesota," said a Coleman adviser. "All the old rules of engagement are out. People are uneasy and afraid right now and the Senator is responding to that."

As regular readers of The Fix know, this race has been nasty for months. The Coleman campaign put up a hard-hitting (and effective) ad -- casting Franken as temperamentally unsuited to the Senate -- way back in early September. Democrats hammered back with an ad featuring a Minnesota couple all-but-blaming Coleman for their son's death in Iraq.

Can Coleman's switch to a purely positive message work? Maybe. But, the damage could well be done by months of negative ads -- especially when coupled with the economic crisis that has submarined Republican prospects all over the country.

For more on the Minnesota race and the other Senate contests nationwide, make sure to check out today's Friday Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2008; 5:10 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Comments

"I wish the candidate would discuss global poverty more. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | October 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"I wish the candidate would discuss global poverty more. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | October 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I saw a negative ad about Franken this morning before I left for work. I didn't pay attention to who had funded it, but apparently someone didn't get the memo.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 13, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

October surprise
Obama is a fraud!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA6_k3NtXZs

Posted by: ConcernedCommunity | October 13, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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Washington Post headline today: Issue Of Race Creeps Into Presidential Campaign.


WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Congressman Lewis is making RACIAL STATEMENTS for the benefit of the Obama campaign and it is sickening to our Democracy.
Seriously.


The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Carolina. Obama twisted some of Bill Clinton's words around and created a racial furor - Obama denied denied denied that he was injecting Race into the campaign. However Tim Russert confronted Obama with a MEMO FROM OBAMA'S COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS OUTLINING HOW THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN WILL BE PUSHING RACE RACE RACE.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro. Obama twisted her words around to manufacture a controversy in order to fuel a Racial Campaign to help Obama's campaign.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN -


This is a HIGHLY DIVISIVE AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.


THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.


Obama is a Disgrace to America. No person should be allowed by the media to get away with manufacturing Racial Issues in order to be fuel their political ambitions.


Obama IS THE RACIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING ON RACE RACE RACE - RUNNING ON DIVIDING DIVIDING DIVING AMERICA.


WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEND THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION DO-NOTHING BOOK-TOUR POST-RACIAL-FRAUD EMPTY-SUIT HOME.


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Washington Post headline today: Issue Of Race Creeps Into Presidential Campaign.


WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Congressman Lewis is making RACIAL STATEMENTS for the benefit of the Obama campaign and it is sickening to our Democracy.
Seriously.


The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Carolina. Obama twisted some of Bill Clinton's words around and created a racial furor - Obama denied denied denied that he was injecting Race into the campaign. However Tim Russert confronted Obama with a MEMO FROM OBAMA'S COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS OUTLINING HOW THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN WILL BE PUSHING RACE RACE RACE.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro. Obama twisted her words around to manufacture a controversy in order to fuel a Racial Campaign to help Obama's campaign.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN -


This is a HIGHLY DIVISIVE AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.


THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.


Obama is a Disgrace to America. No person should be allowed by the media to get away with manufacturing Racial Issues in order to be fuel their political ambitions.


Obama IS THE RACIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING ON RACE RACE RACE - RUNNING ON DIVIDING DIVIDING DIVING AMERICA.


WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEND THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION DO-NOTHING BOOK-TOUR POST-RACIAL-FRAUD EMPTY-SUIT HOME.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 12, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Baldwin made an old mistake: Abraham Lincoln wasn't a member of e third party in 1860. The Whigs had fallen apart after the 1852 election; the best they could manage in 1856 was the rump organization echoing the Know Nothings' nomination of Millard Fillmore (who came in a distant third). Therefore, the brand new Republicans were already the second party well before 1860.

Posted by: Budikavlan | October 12, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

He's "post racial" but injecting race in the campaign to "fuel racial anger"? Those ideas are mutually exclusive.

And please stop yelling.

Posted by: Budikavlan | October 12, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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Washington Post headline today: Issue Of Race Creeps Into Presidential Campaign.


WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Congressman Lewis is making RACIAL STATEMENTS for the benefit of the Obama campaign and it is sickening to our Democracy.
Seriously.


The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Carolina. Obama twisted some of Bill Clinton's words around and created a racial furor - Obama denied denied denied that he was injecting Race into the campaign. However Tim Russert confronted Obama with a MEMO FROM OBAMA'S COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS OUTLINING HOW THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN WILL BE PUSHING RACE RACE RACE.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro. Obama twisted her words around to manufacture a controversy in order to fuel a Racial Campaign to help Obama's campaign.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN -


This is a HIGHLY DIVISIVE AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.


THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.


Obama is a Disgrace to America. No person should be allowed by the media to get away with manufacturing Racial Issues in order to be fuel their political ambitions.


Obama IS THE RACIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING ON RACE RACE RACE - RUNNING ON DIVIDING DIVIDING DIVING AMERICA.


WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEND THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION DO-NOTHING BOOK-TOUR POST-RACIAL-FRAUD EMPTY-SUIT HOME.

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Washington Post headline today: Issue Of Race Creeps Into Presidential Campaign.


WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Congressman Lewis is making RACIAL STATEMENTS for the benefit of the Obama campaign and it is sickening to our Democracy.
Seriously.


The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Carolina. Obama twisted some of Bill Clinton's words around and created a racial furor - Obama denied denied denied that he was injecting Race into the campaign. However Tim Russert confronted Obama with a MEMO FROM OBAMA'S COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS OUTLINING HOW THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN WILL BE PUSHING RACE RACE RACE.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro. Obama twisted her words around to manufacture a controversy in order to fuel a Racial Campaign to help Obama's campaign.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN -


This is a HIGHLY DIVISIVE AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.


THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.


Obama is a Disgrace to America. No person should be allowed by the media to get away with manufacturing Racial Issues in order to be fuel their political ambitions.


Obama IS THE RACIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING ON RACE RACE RACE - RUNNING ON DIVIDING DIVIDING DIVING AMERICA.


WAKE UP AMERICA AND SEND THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION DO-NOTHING BOOK-TOUR POST-RACIAL-FRAUD EMPTY-SUIT HOME.


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.

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 12, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What a bait and switch! Coleman stops his own negative ads but the RNC and 527's keep them coming. What a phony!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 12, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

A Wasted Vote
by Rep. Chuck Baldwin
October 10, 2008


When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don't think so.

In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers."

Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!

Take a look at the recent $850+ Billion Wall Street bailout paid by taxpayers: both John McCain and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S. forces around the world for "peacekeeping" purposes. They also expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama and McCain support NAFTA and similar "free trade" deals. Neither candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a wasted vote?

But, back to the "he cannot win" argument: to vote for John McCain is to vote for a man who cannot win. Yes, I am saying it here and now: John McCain cannot win this election. The handwriting is on the wall. The Fat Lady is singing. It is all over. Finished. John McCain cannot win.

With only three weeks before the election, Barack Obama is pulling away. McCain has already pulled his campaign out of Michigan. In other key battleground states, McCain is slipping fast. He was ahead in Missouri; now it is a toss-up or leaning to Obama. A couple of weeks ago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida were all leaning towards McCain, or at least toss-up states. Now, they are all leaning to Obama. Even the longtime GOP bellwether state of Indiana is moving toward Obama. In addition, new voter registrations are at an all-time high, and few of them are registering as Republicans. In fact, the Republican Party now claims only around 25% of the electorate, and Independents are increasingly leaning toward Obama.

Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is headed for an electoral landslide victory over John McCain. John McCain can no more beat Barack Obama than Bob Dole could beat Bill Clinton.

I ask, therefore, Are not conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain guilty of the same thing that they accuse people who vote for third party candidates of doing? Are they not voting for someone who cannot win? Indeed, they are. In fact, conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain are not only voting for a man who cannot win, they are voting for a man who does not share their own beliefs and principles. If this is not insanity, nothing is!

So, why not (for once in your life, perhaps) cast a vote purely for principle! Vote for someone who is truly pro-life. Someone who would quickly secure our nation's borders, and end the invasion of our country by illegal aliens. Someone who would, on his first day in office, release Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean and fire U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. Someone who would immediately, upon assuming office, begin leading the charge to dismantle the Federal Reserve, overturn the 16th Amendment, expunge the IRS, and return America to sound money principles. Someone who would get the US out of the UN. Someone who would stop spending billions and trillions of dollars for foreign aid. Someone who would prosecute the Wall Street bankers who defrauded the American people out of billions of dollars. Someone who would work to repeal NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and stop the NAFTA superhighway. Someone who would say a resounding "No" to the New World Order. Someone who would stop using our brave men and women in uniform as global cops for the United Nations. Someone who would stop America's global adventurism and interventionism. Someone who would steadfastly support and defend the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

"Who is this person?" you ask. Go here to find out:

http://www.baldwin08.com/

As John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

Posted by: cingi | October 12, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 12, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse


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Washington Post headline today: Issue Of Race Creeps Into Presidential Campaign.

WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.

Congressman Lewis is making RACIAL STATEMENTS for the benefit of the Obama campaign and it is sickening to our Democracy.
Seriously.

The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Carolina. Obama twisted some of Bill Clinton's words around and created a racial furor - Obama denied denied denied that he was injecting Race into the campaign. However Tim Russert confronted Obama with a MEMO FROM OBAMA'S COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS OUTLINING HOW THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN WILL BE PUSHING RACE RACE RACE.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro. Obama twisted her words around to manufacture a controversy in order to fuel a Racial Campaign to help Obama's campaign.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN -


This is a HIGHLY DIVISIVE WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.

THIS IS NO WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

Obama is a Disgrace to America. No person should be allowed by the media to get away with manufacturing Racial Issues in order to be fuel their political ambitions.

Obama IS THE RACIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING ON RACE RACE RACE - RUNNING ON DIVIDING DIVIDING DIVING AMERICA.

WAKE UP AMERICAN AND SEND THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION DO-NOTHING BOOK-TOUR POST-RACIAL-FRAUD EMPTY-SUIT HOME.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 12, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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Washington Post headline today: Race creeps into election

WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Seriously.

The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Caroline.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN - WAKE UP AMERICAN AND SEND THIS EMPTY SUIT HOME.


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Washington Post headline today: Race creeps into election

WHAT?


The Obama people ARE INJECTING RACE INTO THE CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FUEL RACIAL ANGER IN THEIR CAMPAIGN.


Seriously.

The Obama Campaign is the one bringing race into the election and that is a FRAUD to Obama's campaign theme of being a Post-Racial candidate - when they run out of things to say - All Obama wants to do is FUEL HIS CAMPAIGN WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OK.


Obama did this with Bill Clinton in South Caroline.


Obama did this with Gerry Ferraro.


For Obama, this is a RACIAL CAMPAIGN - WAKE UP AMERICAN AND SEND THIS EMPTY SUIT HOME.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 12, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

MN-Senate: Coleman Puts the Kibosh On Negative Ads

After reading some of these opinions here in this blog, I am apalled to see how low a person can go to hold on to hate and not admit the truth that Obama is more in touch with reality and adheres to investing in sound judgements and agendas to forward this country a better tommorrow for all including generations to come. McCain has nothing to offer except the same old Bush administration which have no doubt failed our country. Yet people here would still insist on cutting off their nose despite their face and wind up further nowhere. People we are trying to go somewhere and forward a better tommorrow for our future generations. How much low do you want to go, from some of you all opinions you'all appear to be under rock bottom. I would advise you to see the light, none will live forever, but generations to come shouldn't be entitled to live lesser because you did. Where's the love for your country and your generations to come? God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

MN-Senate: Coleman Puts the Kibosh On Negative Ads


I applaud Senator Coleman for putting the kibosh on negative ads. With all due respect, our country stands for much more than such trash and controversy. Should a party feel that they can't respectfully deal with defeat as is the case for McCain, then he stills owes respect to his/our country. Obama in his endeavors have tried to stay abreast of such controversy and negativity, yet with so much dirt thrown in his direction from the McCain's campaign, one should address it in a minut fashion and then move on to the country's more critical concerns such as the economy, jobs, the war, healthcare and the like. No need to waddle in the dirt, as that is what has gotten this country in the filthy mess that it is in now. By goodness, have respect for our country as other nations around the world is looking at us in appall. It is so embarassing to see that a country who was the tops is acting in such a manner and I can only pray that we don't become a third world country in the midst of this ignorance manifesting at present. Obama in my honest opinion has shown sound and peaceful judgement in the midst of it all, and I can only pray that McCain takes heed and join him in doing the right thing. America and lands abroad don't need to keep witnessing such a misfit of a demeanor from one whom is trying to obtain the highest seat in the country. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | October 11, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse


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The Obama people are showing how Post-partisan they really are. This proves that 1) Obama is a FRAUD by paying the bloggers to say such things and 2) Obama's supporters are a joke by tolerating the hypocrisy.


yea.


AMERICA IS PRETTY SICK OF THE POST-PARTISAN AND POST-RACIAL CANDIDATE APPLYING THOSE STANDARDS TO EVERYONE ELSE BUT HIMSELF AND HIS SUPPORTERS.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Coleman's learned one of the newer rules of American politics: face-to-face bilateral napalm wars don't work if there are more than 2 candidates. Carol Mosely Braun was a near-nobody until the day she won the nomination for Senate in Illinois in 1992. The same is largely true for Gray Davis's first election for governor of California, and Alice Kryzan this year in Western New York.

He's also found out you can't be too effective trashing someone who's already well-known.

Posted by: Budikavlan | October 11, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The negativity in the MN Senate race really pales in comparison to the hatred that's been whipped up by McCain and Palin.

In the last two days in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the hatred and venom that's been coming out of the crowds has gotten so bad that McCain had to start putting out the fire in Lakeville, MN today--trying to convince a woman that Obama is not an Arab and is actually a decent man and not to be feared as president. Shouts of "terrorist" and "Kill him!" have been cultivated by the campaigns own hideous tone.

Having lived in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, I'm personally ashamed to be even loosely associated with these people.

I think these developments are incredible.

It's the McCain campaign that has whipped up this venom and now they finally see it coming to life and they decide it's really frightening and un-American. Good. At least they're beginning to repent. I hope it's real and I hope it lasts.

When you look back in history, presidential and presidential-candidate assassinations (and attempts) are quite common. Being president is a high-risk job. If anyone ever takes a shot at Obama before or after the election, I think McCain and Palin should publicly own up to their part in letting this evil loose upon our country. It's clear that they've not put Country First.

But, we do all owe respect and gratitude to the members of the Secret Service.

Posted by: MNobserver | October 11, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

If the third parties followed Coleman's request to stop running dirty ads, wouldn't that be a violation of the McCain Feingold legislation?!
If the third parties did stop, then it would be clear coordination with the candidate!
This way Coleman can assure himself the high road while at the same time forcing the third parties to continue.
What a schmuck.

Posted by: beut_d | October 10, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The more interesting angle is that Coleman couldn't attend the McCain event 'because he had to work on canceling ads'. Are you [censored] kidding me?? You'd think he could come up with a better excuse than that, but I guess its par for the course for Senator Milquetoast.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 10, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Chris ----

You love Drudge so much, and you've said he almost always gets it right.

Gee, wonder why that biased "journalist" is the last place to mention the Palin report this evening???

Love your work normally, Chris, but you have to stop the love affair with that hack.

Posted by: rob23 | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Coleman can read the tea leaves. He distanced himself from Bush and now has to do the same from Mc Cain / Palin.

It will be tough to be a Republican for a time. I suspect that Coleman will lose and he can thank the Mc Cain/ Palin campaign and the Bush administration.

By the way is VP Chenny still in that undisclosed location?

Posted by: oldgeek143 | October 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I've been flipping the cable channels in Minneapolis, MN all afternoon and the Coleman negative ads sponsored by out-of-state third parties and the Republican Senate Campaign Committee are still in constant rotation. Either they don't read this august newspaper (so they didn't get the memo), or this is just another of those wink, wink, nod, nod, ploys allowing Coleman to have mud slung for him, while claiming to be above the fray.

Posted by: Soloss | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin abused her power? Now she is an official member of the Bush, Cheney, Gonzales club. Look for Palin to be the nominee in '12.

Posted by: rparker125 | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse


"Abuse of power" and "Violation of the public trust" (What she was found guilty of). It may not get you put in jail but for a public official is just about as serious a thing you can be found guilty of. She may even end up stepping down as governor but either way she will never be reelected. She only won in the first place was because she ran against one of the most disliked and crooked governors ever in the state. She is just a fraud plain and simple.


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This just in...bipartisan troopergate probe finds Sarah Palin abused her power as Governor.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/bipartisan-investigation-palin-abused.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 10, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | October 10, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

This just in...bipartisan troopergate probe finds Sarah Palin abused her power as Governor.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/bipartisan-investigation-palin-abused.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 10, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I am going to make a prediction. Mccain drops Palin from the ticket as a last "Hail Mary"

Posted by: popasmoke | October 10, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

For those who care about such stuff. Mccains stock on intrade now can be used for toilet paper.
He is trailing Obama by 60 points now just short of dropping into the teens. Good by John.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

PALIN FOUND GUILTY OF ABUSING POWER

Posted by: popasmoke | October 10, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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The Obama supporters are risking the future of this country by going for this affirmative action experiment to place an inexperienced empty suit in the most important decision making role in the World.


Seriously.


Why? Do they just want to feel good about themselves- that they are "cool" enough to vote for a black ????


For that they are risking the future of this country.


WHAT A BUNCH OF IRRESPONSIBLE FOOLS.


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The Obama supporters are risking the future of this country by going for this affirmative action experiment to place an inexperienced empty suit in the most important decision making role in the World.


Seriously.


Why? Do they just want to feel good about themselves- that they are "cool" enough to vote for a black ????


For that they are risking the future of this country.


WHAT A BUNCH OF IRRESPONSIBLE FOOLS.


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The Obama supporters are risking the future of this country by going for this affirmative action experiment to place an inexperienced empty suit in the most important decision making role in the World.


Seriously.


Why? Do they just want to feel good about themselves- that they are "cool" enough to vote for a black ????


For that they are risking the future of this country.


WHAT A BUNCH OF IRRESPONSIBLE FOOLS.


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Posted by: popasmoko | October 10, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE AMERICA AND THAT IS GREAT FOR OUR COUNTRY! Mc Same had to stick his tongue in his butt today and try and get his cracker crowd to bring down their angry and idiotic commentary. Obama has integrity and intellect two characteristics that John Mc Cain does not have. Visit iava.com and see how my fellow veterans and those who fight for us in Afghanistan and Iraq grade Mc Same a D on veterans issues. His campaign is all about lies and smears and trying to put fear in the hearts of the American electorate. Well Senator Mc Same we don't coward easy and wont this time. We are going to vote in Hope with pride and look forward to the day we can tell the world Barack Obama is our President and we got it right this time. No more candidates brought to us by the same clowns that brought us George W. Bush the worst President in our nations history. OBAMANOS! YES WE CAN!

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 10, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow what leadership....NOT

He's only down 9 points now. Another McCain-type erratic campaign move. Coleman has done enough sleaze to last for the next 2 campaigns.

I will be great to listen to Al Franken's speech in the Senate. He's a very smart guy.

I'm not from Minnesota but I have been following this campaign. I am so excited for Al.


Posted by: DougH1 | October 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman is Lee Atwater back from the Dead. He wouldn't have to run another nasty, hateful commercial for the next twenty years as the backwash from his vile add campaign will still be reverberating somewhere. For his next trick, Norm will attempt to become the embodiment of the famous "Minnesota Nice", which I can tell you after having lived here for 10 years is a weird, twisted variation of passive/aggressive behavior. In this character, Good Ole Norm, dressed in jeans, work boots and a plaid shirt with rolled up sleeves,and maybe a seed cap, will be talking to you smiling away, telling you exactly what you want to hear, all the while planning where in your back he is going to stick his concealed dagger and how best to relieve you of what he wants...once of course you turn away and are no longer looking.

Posted by: geopoet | October 10, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

TOO BAD COLEMAN DIDN'T STOP ALL THE "NEGATIVE VOTES" HE CAST IN SUPPORT OF GEORGE DUBYA'S FAILED POLICIES===MAYBE HE'LL START A NEW CAMPAIGN SLOGAN ALSO: "A TURKEY IN EVERY POT-ME FIRST."

Posted by: benighse | October 10, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm from up north too, in Montana, where we have a really entertaining governor who also happens to govern well. I've been watching many of the races, and I have four main goals for this year: 1) retain our governor and his dog Jax, 2) send Sarah Palin back to Alaska kind of like when Steve McQueen crated up the Blob and dropped it on the North Pole, 3) get Ass-Kickin' Joe Biden in office and on all the political shows, and last but not least, for Minnesotans to send Al Franken to the Senate to liven things up there. A man can dream, can't he?

Posted by: terryhill2 | October 10, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Love the pic. Looks like Coleman doing his best Diana Ross –

"Stop ––– in the name of love…"

Posted by: FlownOver | October 10, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

"Up there?" We're not at the North Pole, though we're close.

I live in a bluish-purple neighborhood in St. Paul and the first Franken-losing-his-mind ad was effective. Then they started beating a dead horse. Over, and over, and over again. Though Franken answered, I think most people attributed the negative campaigning to Norm. Minnesotan's don't mind a fight, they just want a clean one and the feeling was that Norm's ads were crossing the line. Also, his credibility will be shot if he calls off the negative ads and then lets the NRSC run them. That's not going to sit well.

The most interesting recent poll stated that most people in the state thought Franken was too liberal, but he still had enough support to put him ahead of Norm and Dean. I still think Norm wins it, but the last 4 weeks have been good to Al.

Posted by: ComoPark | October 10, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

With the deluge of negative ads that Coleman's campaign has run and/or condoned, they have ended up shooting themselves in the foot. They failed to cripple Franken's campaign, and they alienated many who would have supported Coleman but who have reacted by moving over to the Independent candidate, Barkley. Now Coleman is trying to lure them back by claiming the high moral ground. This kind of "principled" shift is typical of his entire political career. And so far it has worked rather well for him . . . but not this time, Norm.

Posted by: MNperegrine | October 10, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I think candidates should be allowed to request pre-made negative ads from the Federal Election Commission, the way they request campaign funding. Candidates would be offered a list of ads to choose from, including: "My opponent's campaign staff is all lobbyists". "My opponent associates with crooks/terrorists/preachers/pages". "My candidate is a radical liberal/conservative who supports partial birth abortion/bombing villages/voter fraud".

Posted by: webg | October 10, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Same ole, same ole. Coleman suspends negative ads and the RNC keeps them going. Just like McCain suspending his campaign to go to Washington to solve the economic crisis. It's a hoax. Just another attempt by a desperate Republican to hold onto by hook or by crook.

Posted by: CarmanK | October 10, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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