Thursday, May 26, 2005
Empty Suit Thursday: Smilin' Norm's Buyer's remorse
Norm Coleman, Minnesota's junior senator, spent the week wallowing in his own shame after the debacle
that was his UN-quisition into George Galloway's alleged involvement in Oil for Food kickbacks. He still found some time to make thousands of Minnesotans feel shame by association:
- Coleman joined with Mark Dayton to honor Tim Nelson and Hugh Sims for calling the FBI about Zacarias Moussaoui's actions at the flight school where they worked. No word on whether Coleman will be honoring the potential Democratic candidate for Minnesota's second congressional district, Coleen Rowley, who blew the whistle on the cover-up related to Moussaoui's arrest.
- Coleman supported the nuclear option from the get-go. This week he announced his tepid support for the compromise, then immediately began carefully arranging words to form a not-quite-false revision of history: "...the unprecedented filibustering of judges begun last year and returned the Senate to the over 200 year tradition of up or down votes on judges who get out of committee."
Stories previously covered this week:
- According to the Socialist Worker, Smilin' Norm reminded journalists that Galloway's appearance wasn't a "contest". True, Norm, it was no contest.
- Smilin' Norm has no control over his subcommittee's web site, so it's not his fault that Galloway's statement is missing. It's also not his fault that the link to the video archive is faulty. He's just the chairman; he's not in charge or anything. Republicans aren't responsible for anything. That's just Kofi Annan.
- Smilin' Norm will always be Smilin' Norm to me, but Cleversponge found a good reason to term him Senator Post. ('Cause liberals and conservatives agree: he's dumb as one.)
- Smilin' Norm has a poll that everyone should click through to vote on. Tell Smilin' Norm that you oppose the Paris Hilton Estate Tax Cut!
- Still and all, Smilin' Norm didn't really lose any ground to other Republican hopefuls. Tim Pawlenty wants to raise taxes. Bill Frist lost control of his caucus. President Santorum?