Okay, with apologies to out-staters, what follows is a snippet of Minnesota insider stuff.
Seems our self-appointed moral compass, U.S. Senator Norm ("It's Wednesday; which party shall I belong to today?") Coleman, took a jab at Air America's Al Franken, whose fundraising for Dems is prodigious and growing prodigiouser. Franken has attracted dollars for Dems from some Minnesotans with veddy deep pockets and also some Hollywood glitterati.
About all of that, Coleman bleated, "Hollywood values aren't Midwest, and the money isn't Midwest. ... There's a lot of Hollywood money out there, a lot of ultra-liberal money out there." (Thump chest, look wise, ignore giant "Duh!")
Franken's response: "Doesn't (Coleman's) wife live in Hollywood?" Yeah, pretty much. We love it when Norm and Joe and Conrad and Katherine do the double-standard tap dance.
Franken is making big waves in Minnesota. His Midwest Values PAC has raised $800,000 to date, which at the exchange rate between liberals and conservatives translates to somewhere in the $2 million range.
"He's potentially a huge player." said David Schultz, a professor at Hamline University in St. Paul who studies money in politics.
Schultz said that if Franken spends all of the political funds he is raising, his group would be one of the "top two or three PACs expending money in the state of Minnesota." [ . . . ]
Franken, who moved from New York to Minneapolis this year, said he might form an exploratory committee for that race (U.S. Senate, against Coleman) early next year.
He is raising campaign money from a variety of sources -- from the entertainment industry on both coasts, his stand-up comedy shows and elsewhere.
"If I do run against Norm Coleman in '08, I'll be the only New York Jew in the race who actually grew up in Minnesota," Franken quipped to about 200 DFL activists gathered at a picnic in Fridley recently. [ . . . ]
Franken got a big laugh when he read from the GOP's Contract With America in 1994, recalling how Republicans promised to end a cycle of political scandal.
"On September 27th, 1994, on the steps the Capitol, they said this: 'If we break the contract, throw us out,' " he said. After the crowd's hooting ended, Franken yelled: "Sounds like a plan to me!" Minneapolis Star Tribune.
I'm thinking this has the potential to be one of the most entertaining (and probably acerbic) races in 2008. Stay tuned.
Just so you know? September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month. This is National Clean Hands Week. And yesterday, we blew right past International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Well, I did. How 'bout you, matey? Arrrrr.