Al Franken’s Senatorial Campaign On The Skids

Thanks to an intrepid Minnesota Republican blogger:

Senate candidate Al Franken wants to talk about jobs, health care and global warming. Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb wants to talk about Franken’s failure to pay all his income taxes on time.

Guess what everyone is talking about?

From the kitchen table in his tranquil suburban neighborhood, Brodkorb for the last year has used his blog “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” to launch a furious political assault on Franken. He’s labeled the former comedian and liberal commentator a “mean-spirited and un-Minnesotan” candidate who’s running a “desperate and ridiculous” campaign.

“Un-Minnesotan” means “not nice”.

That’s routine stuff in the world of political blogging, but in the last two months Brodkorb has scored two direct hits that have the Franken campaign reeling. Brodkorb scooped the traditional media by detailing extensive bookkeeping problems in New York and California that ultimately prompted Franken, this week, to pay about $70,000 in back taxes to 17 states.

The stories have knocked Franken off balance as he prepares to take on Sen. Norm Coleman, in what’s expected to be one of the most expensive and toughest-fought U.S. Senate races this year.

Which is excellent news because 2008 is going to be a brutal year for Republicans, and Coleman has at times fallen behind Franken in the polls.

Democrats have tried to downplay Brodkorb by portraying him as part of coordinated Republican attacks.

“When people talk about the right wing noise machine, that’s what it is,” said Franken spokesman Andy Barr.

But even some of his harshest critics admit Brodkorb, who has no real counterweight on the left, has been effective.

A typical Brodkorb scoop is splashed across his Web site under bold-faced banners like “Shock!” or “Breaking News!” The items are often followed soon after by a news release from the state Republican Party on the same subject, and many of his themes find their way into Coleman’s talking points.

Now that’s the way the VRWC is supposed to work. I hope the RNC is paying attention to this.

Oh…and the latest Rasmussen poll has Coleman leading Franken by 7 points, 50%-43%.

You can read more about the “soft spoken and polite 34 -year-old” at the link.


Where the heck did Al Franken get all that money (to owe so much in taxes) anyways?

9 thoughts on “Al Franken’s Senatorial Campaign On The Skids

  1. Why is it that when a Democrat is exposed for wrongdoing, the blame is laid at the feet of the Republican noise/attack machine rather than at the feet of the wrongdoer? It;s always, “Oh, it’s just propaganda.” Facts are not propaganda.


  2. “‘Un-Minnesotan’ means ‘not nice’.”

    Thanks for clearing that up. I assumed it meant “able to properly pronouce the word ‘about'”.


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