Al Franken needs our help!

February 17, 2009 by barbara

barbara writes

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!

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Poet (not verified) | February 17, 2009 - 7:24pm

Barbara--Where is the Democratic Party? Isn't this the party that managed to outspend their main opposition in the election just past? Or don't they want a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate? Or is this "two party system" really just one party with two faces (kind of the mythic character Janus)? Or isn't Al Franken going along with the script and wimping out the way Gore and Kerry did? This is getting curiouser and curiouser.

If I am the DFL, I would dig in my heels and fight that group of Republican obstructionists, lawyer for lawyer, dollar for dollar, and if need be let those bums keep the thing dragging on and on till the next election. They have a gold-plated campaign issue, by asking "Who was it that kept Minnesota under represented in the Senate and tried to thwart the will of the majority of the state's electorate?"


barbara says (not verified) | February 17, 2009 - 7:50pm

barbara didn't mean to imply that the Dem Party is MIA. I don't know the details, but I'd be surprised if they're not plowing bucks into this recount, too. In fact, that raises an interesting question. Is that information public record, as is campaign expense info?

My impression (mostly via Obama's campaign) is that in addition to the big buckeroos, there were hundreds of thousands of smaller donations made by ordinary people (of which I am one). Some of them/us gave as much and sometimes more than seemed affordable in our complete desperation to dethrone the Republicans.

I must confess that I blew off the first half-dozen phone contacts seeking my wee financial input to help pay for this absurd recount. My initial reaction was something along the lines of, "Oh, this will blow over and the coffers will refill as they so often do once the dust settles." No such luck.

And then, as Michele Bachmann so astutely observed today in an interview, there aren't as many rich people as there used to be. She is such a twit! It's just that those of us at the bottom of the food chain are hanging on for survival while the top-feeders are debating whether to spring for a second winter vacation in Martinique again this year. Oh, wait. The islands are rioting, so that won't work anyway.

Bottom line, I finally made my donation to Al's recount effort over the weekend. It wasn't a lot. But a passel of not-a-lots could help a lot, if you get my drift.

If you don't wanna, that's cool.


Judy (not verified) | February 18, 2009 - 11:37am

No Thank You

If we had nominated a respectable candidate, we would not have had this problem

Give him YOUR money...I will not !


barbara says (not verified) | February 18, 2009 - 1:15pm

You are absolutely right! What were they thinking when they nominated Coleman?


Poet (not verified) | February 19, 2009 - 7:35am

Thanks for the upgrade and clarification--I wasn't objecting to contributing, just wondering whether the DFL was getting stiffed by the national Dem Party.

As for Judy's implied contention that Al isn't a fit candidate, I wonder, compared to who, Ted Stevens, David Vitter, or Larry Craig? About the only real qualifications for Senate membership seems to be, can you fog a pane of glass.


barbara says (not verified) | February 19, 2009 - 8:29am

can you fog a pane of glass.

LOL. Think Strom Thurmond. Of course, this litmus test would require having the pane examined by a panel of judges, whose job would be to declare whether said breather was inhaling or exhaling, intentionally or otherwise, and whether the breathing witness was a registered breather.


leftymn (not verified) | February 19, 2009 - 9:04am

Yours truly supported another DFL Senate Candidate than Al as well, specifically because I felt Al's negatives would make winning difficult even in a year where Coleman was vulnerable. The tone of the campaign between Al/Norm allowed Barkley to siphon off protest votes, and as I watched poll results tallied at my precinct in the South Suburbs it became obvious that Franken simply could not hold the Suburban votes that were at the same time going to my DFL candidate for the State House. Basically Franken lost DFL and crossover votes in the Suburbs and even in the Iron Range that I believe another candidate would have held. In any case I am not bitter, that is water under the bridge and I believe Franken will be a good senator if he ever gets his chance.
Legally Franken's case appears solid. IMHO it is a matter of time till he becomes our Senator, I am thinking this case will be done by about march 13, then an appeal to the MN Supreme court will be made, considered quickly and Norm will be slammed down again, the MN Supremes will certify Franken's election and Reid will check Al into the Club.

on the other hand. Hey Harry... make the minority actually do a filibuster. See what happens.


barbara says (not verified) | February 22, 2009 - 5:24pm

You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din. In this election that has turned out to have even more importance than it did on November 4, I'm watching this sad melodrama play out at the expense of Minnesotans (expense by every definition, by the way) and of U.S. citizens. Which, of course, is the whole point of the Coleman boondoggle.

Was/is Al Franken the perfect candidate? Probably not. Could Jack Nelson Pallmeyer have defeated Norm? No. That immensely smart, talented man would have lost by a margin requiring no recount and this sucker would now be one for the books. Seriously unfortunate, but almost certainly true.

Dean Barkley? What to say about that. I have a hard time thinking of it in terms other than, "Here's a thumb in your eye; got a problem with that, bunky?"

I dunno. Maybe a thumb in the eye is what's called for here. The problem is that this time, it has come perilously close to saddling us with The Normster for another six years--SIX FREAKING YEARS!!

Harry Reid? Well. His motto, "Give 'em hell, Harry!" is peachy in principle but non-existent in reality.

I'm too tired to pick nits. Let us just be finished with this.