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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Senator Coleman Fails To Not Disappoint, Again

The hope going forward is that Republicans in Washington, in the minority now and probably in the future, will band together and form a united front against liberal policies. Alas, it seems clear that Senator Coleman is not interested in joining up. He was one of eight GOP Senators who voted to end debate on the Senate Democrat's bloated, $205 billion dollar economic "stimulus" package ($44 billion more than proposed by the Democrat House) and send it to the floor for a vote. Fortunately, enough Republicans stood against cloture and stopped the package in its tracks. The GOP Roll of Shame is provided by Michelle Malkin:

The Republicans who caved: Coleman, Collins, Dole, Domenici, Grassley, Smith, Snowe, Specter.

Michelle also reports that Senator McCain missed the vote, even though he was in the DC area and could have made the vote if he had wanted to. That's real leadership.

Check out Michelle's post. It's generally good news, showing Republicans banding together to stop wasteful spending. That Coleman is not a part of that good news is disappointing, though not surprising, sad to say.

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Blogger Right Hook said...

As a practical matter if it appears that the democrats are going to end up with a significantly larger majority than they currently have anyway, the loss of Coleman's seat may not be significant in the large scheme of things. The situation may be a golden opportunity to demonstrate to RINOs just what happens if they sell out the base.

Throwing Norm under the bus with major fanfare may help the Conservative cause in the long run by sending the message to other RINOs that they shape up or we ship them out.

Amy Klobuchar is an absolute joke of a senator and, if the Conservative movement got serious about it and ran a good candidate, we realistically could take the seat back in four years.

2/07/2008 10:04 PM  
Blogger G-Man said...

I will not actively help Coleman's campaign and I've told them why. But, I'll vote for him and I hope he wins.

1.We demonstrate nothing by intentionally throwing Coleman under the bus as evidenced by Coleman's reaction to Kennedy's loss. Instead of hearing the voices of those conervatives who stayed home, Coleman (and Pawlenty) heard the liberal voices of those who voted.

2.If McCain wins we will lose his seat to Democrats. The AZ guv is a Dem. To give McCain more chance to succeed as President, we to need at least 40 seats in the Senate, more including our RINO's.

2/08/2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

We're not far apart. I'll vote for him as a vote against the alternative and the vote will still count.

Throwing Coleman under the bus via a very public and often explained lack of active support may help force him to correct his leftward lean enough during the campaign to actually bring some of the "suicide voters" back to him.

Like Uncle Rush has said, fear and pain can be powerful motivators. Facing a lack of donations and workers might just be what it takes to make Norm work a lot harder at currying the favor of Conservatives.

It's a bit of a calculated risk, but if he fails there is also some value in the message it would send to other RINOs.

2/08/2008 7:26 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Time is short and I do think my time – and perhaps that of fellow, local activists – may be better spent trying to win back the MN State House.

I am still at a loss for an effective means to instill a little fear into wayward Republicans regarding loss of volunteer manpower from the base. I've communicated to the Coleman campaign that volunteers from our BPOU who helped in 2002, are fed up today unlikely to help again. But , two additional thoughts have come to mind.

1.)Mount a petition campaign among all BPOU's to see if they are facing the same problem finding volunteers for Coleman. But, would a petition from BPOU leaders sound any alarms within the Coleman camp?

2.)Launch an effort to find a significant number of State Convention delegates willing to support a motion NOT to endorse a U.S. Senator this year – at least not on the first ballot. The hope is that a not-so-quite campaign to gather support for such a motion PRIOR to the convention might get Coleman's attention. If it doesn't, then actually making the motion from the convention floor should – if, of course, Carey & Company don't find a way to shut us up.

2/08/2008 11:18 AM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

Sue Jeffers was talking on the radio this morning about whether conservatives would support McCain. In the course of this discussion, she quoted Norm Coleman as having once remarked to her, "where are they [conservatives] going to go?".

Coleman would probably welcome an act of public disapproval from conservatives, thinking it would make him more attractive to independents and moderates. He figures our votes are in the bag, so why not tack left?

2/08/2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Coleman should ask Kennedy about his bag of conservative voters in 2006.

You can put conservatives voters in a bag, but someone has to carry that bag to the polls. Senator Coleman doesn't seem up to the challenge.

And, how does Coleman plan to fill the GOTV phone banks with independent volunteers?

2/08/2008 12:55 PM  

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