State Primary Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is State Primary Day here in Minnesota. Do you care?

The Republicans know who they’re running for US Senate. That’d be their incumbent, the spineless, shapeless, self-serving, barometer of public opinion, shell of a human being, Norm Coleman.

The DFL has an establishment candidate who has no reason to be a senator except that he has (loud) opinions and money. He has also told some jokes. He is up against a never-gonna-win challenger with a silly name. This is almost interesting.

But the Independence Party does not have one or two candidates. Not even three. No, they have seven candidates running for Senate. And you know what? Each one of them sends me about an email a day. It annoys the hell out of me, but I like being on the IP’s mailing list otherwise, so I’m bearing with it.

But seriously: Norm Coleman has it sewed up, as does Al Franken. Your protest vote tomorrow won’t mean nearly as much if you cast it for PLF, because, as I said, she’s a never-gonna-win candidate. She started way too late and she’s up against a (for some reason) very popular DFL-endorsed Al Franken.

My suggestion is, no matter how you plan to vote in November, tomorrow I think you should vote in the IP primary. I’ll take this opportunity to throw my powerful punditary weight behind Dean Barkley. He’s no Jesse, but he’s close enough for me. The other IP guys are all very well-meaning and bright, but, quite frankly, none of them have the Colbert-style balls to win on an IP candidacy. In order to do that, you need to be a brazen dickhead like Jesse was in 1998 (and after). And I mean “brazen dickhead” in the most admiring, endearing way possible.

Here’s hoping the Minnesota US Senate race finally gets interesting.

4 Comments so far

  1. Aaron (s4xton) on September 8th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Maybe you should pay a little bit more attention to politics. Many of your statements are blatantly uninformed. You’re bringing down the Metroblogging brand.


  2. Art (artallen) on September 8th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    I have been paying attention to politics. I am completely uninspired by this senate race, and yeah, maybe I’m a little flippant in this post, but show me where Priscilla Lord Ferris is overtaking Al Franken, or how Norm Coleman isn’t any of the things I’ve said about him, or that Al Franken has any right to be a senator.

    I’m not trying to be defensive, but I guess I’m not sure which points in this post are "blatantly uninformed."


  3. Aaron (s4xton) on September 8th, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

    You said:

    The DLF has an establishment candidate who has no reason to be a senator except that he has (loud) opinions and money. He has also told some jokes.

    Outside of spelling "DFL" wrong, he is not an establishment candidate and I guess you must have forgotten about all the work he’s done writing about government and media corruption and lies… and that doesn’t include all the work he’s done helping DFL candidates in the last number of years. And what’s this "any right to be a senator" BS? He has just as much right as you do. He’s from here and he lives here and he knows the ins and outs on how to be effective. Have you read one of his books?

    And he’s done a ton of work in the public service capacity. I sometimes argue that Franken has done more for the troops in Iraq than Coleman has in the Senate the last 6 years.

    Try learning something about the candidates before you trash them. Or why not call the campaigns and ask to speak with them directly if you have questions?


  4. Art (artallen) on September 8th, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    Ok, I see now.

    Thank you for pointing out the typo. Turns out I’m human after all. I have corrected it. I know it’s the D-F-L, the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party.

    And I stand by everything I said about Al Franken. By "establishment candidate" I simply meant that he was endorsed by the DFL, which is the Establishment. Perhaps not the best choice of words, but I don’t feel like changing them. They say what I intend to convey.

    I knew all of the things you said about Al Franken already. He’s a wonderful human being! I have dismissed all of those things in my assessment of him as a candidate for US Senate. He’s a capable comedian, but I have still yet to be shown any reason why he deserve my vote to be in the Senate. I am glad that he’s helped our troops, but does that mean he can negotiate a bill to help our troops in the Senate? Maybe if he’s doing such a good job helping the troops outside of the Senate he should keep it up.

    And yes, I read Lies and thought it was kind of funny, but overall needlessly inflammatory. Jon Stewart knows how to criticize media, Al Franken knows how to throw out red meat. I’ve also listened to his show (and others) on Air America and found them to be the exact mirror image of the things he calls out in that book.

    I hope that answers your questions.



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