Taking into account that the St. Paul "Pioneer Press" endorsed Norm Coleman's re-election grab in 2008-09-??, AND bearing in mind this same paper claimed it couldn't make up its editorial mind between McCain and Obama and therefore endorsed NO ONE for president, AND that its weekend editorial called for a do-over in the Franken/Coleman election, you will perhaps understand my disdain for them. I just haven't gotten around to canceling my subscription. But I will.
Today, though, a front-page PiPress headline caught my attention. "GOP's hopes, and cash, ride on Coleman." I was pretty sure this had little to do with Canterbury Downs and everything to do with the recount from hell. I was right.
Folks, there is a vast amount of Republican lucre flowing fast and furiously into Norm Coleman's recount war chest. The party of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Joe the Plumber is absolutely determined to wrest Minnesota's second senate seat away from Al Franken at any cost. Any. Cost. Read on.
This is my personal plea to you. Trot out your change purse, checkbook, cash card, piggy bank, mattress mound, whatever you can afford to tap into (that into which you can afford to tap) and help Al Franken win this thing. You can do it here.
It is not hyperbole to say that the immediate and long-range future of our country may be at stake in this freaking, interminable recount.
Most of you already know that Norm Coleman is the Republican's Republican. He is a foot soldier for the party. He got that way once he saw that being a Democrat was not in his own personal best interest.
And remember, please, that Norm Coleman is the man who proclaimed upon seizing the just-deceased Paul Wellstone's senate seat that he "would be a 99% improvement over Wellstone." It burns.
Political junkies can follow the recount TheUptake online.
And could I just say I am fed up and rising with seeing/hearing Al Franken described as "former comedian"? It's true, but by no means descriptive of his last several years. He was a strong voice for liberals on Air America. He raised a boatload of money for Democratic candidates. Al Franken returned to his home town to rid us of the Coleman Plague.
We need to have Al’s back. Right now, that’s about donations. Full disclosure: I am not part of Franken's campaign or recount team. This is my civic duty (salutes).
Be as generous as you possibly can.
I thank you. Minnesota thanks you. And I expect that Al Franken will thank you, too.
And by the way? The PiPress comics suck!