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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Empty Suit Thursday: Tin Ear

Posted by: Hammer / 3:40 PM

Behold! A return of Empty Suit Thursday. One stop shopping for all your reasons to oppose Sen. Smilin' Norm Coleman (R-MN). This week we find...

Smilin' Norm takes a turn in the national spotlight for saying the Bush administration has a "tin ear" politically. I'd say that the quagmire in Iraq, exploding budget deficits, illegal wire tapping, and catastrophic bungling of the response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated a tin brain. Apparently, Coleman isn't so much concerned about the results of these colossal policy failures as he is concerned about the appearance of failure. Sophzilla has a similar reaction.

More proof that Coleman is more concerned with appearance than results? Smilin' Norm named an anti-meth task force after himself, then voted to cut grants to fight meth. Minnesota's share of the Edward Byrne Grant Program is 36% lower in 2006 than 2005. (Big thanks to CP from Minvolved for the tip.)

Dr SPiff is pissed that Smilin' Norm missed some floor votes. Dayton as O/O/O on the 15th, too. I think we'll cut both Senators some slack on this one. They were at Camp Shelby giving Minnesota's citizen soldiers a proper send off.

And, of course, we can't forget that Smilin' Norm sold his ANWR vote for a promise. A promise that wasn't fulfilled, but Coleman likes to pretend that it was.


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