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Monday, June 20, 2005

View from the West

Posted by: Hammer / 7:53 AM

Ed Kemmick, from the Billings Gazette visited Minnesota and returned to Montana with these insights:
Reading the newspapers in the Twin Cities, I got a large dose of one of their U.S. senators, Norm Coleman. He almost made me nostalgic for Sens. Burns and Baucus. Our guys are still in D.C. after all these years because they've forgotten what they used to do before they went there.

But at least they have no illusions about attaining higher office. They know their fellow Americans will elect a Montanan president about the time a gal from our great state is crowned Miss America. It just ain't gonna happen.

Minnesota, on the other hand, has produced a few presidential candidates, and this Coleman guy evidently figures he might win the lottery himself one day. As a result, he is ambition personified, political aspiration in a tailored suit. When he grins, you could rent out advertising space on his teeth.

It made me appreciate the workaday nature of Burns and Baucus: punch the clock, bring home the bacon, raise millions, run again, repeat.

I'm totally unfamiliar with Kemmick's work. I'll say this, though: he can spot a phony from two states away.


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