Video wars in Minnesota: Coleman smacks down Franken in round 1

posted at 2:00 pm on August 14, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Who says Minnesota politics is boring? Al Franken desperately wanted to distract voters here from his tax evasion in 17 states. He decided that throwing mud might distract Minnesotans from his own incompetence, but unfortunately, the local media decided to do their job and check out his latest ad. Result? Epic fail, Franken.

Here’s Al’s ad:

Wow … sounds damning, doesn’t it? And it has that cool Pioneer Press newspaper header to show how full of truthiness Franken’s allegations are! Well, Franken’s full of something, as WCCO discovered when fact-checking Franken:

The Star Tribune was similarly unimpressed. They checked out the story last month and discovered pretty much what WCCO found: Coleman pays $600 a month for a 10×10 room and access to a tiny bathroom. He has a wet bar with a minifridge, and he keeps his room clean. Minnesotans can breathe easier knowing Coleman makes his bed.

The Coleman campaign retorted today with this ad:

They need to trim this down to run it on TV here in Minnesota, but otherwise it’s effective. They take the opportunity to slam Franken again on taxes — Franken opened the door again — which WCCO also reported. It uses a “This is the house that Jack built” rhythm to repeatedly point out that Franken lied, which gets catchier as the spot rolls to the end.

Franken gets an F for both honesty and strategic thinking. Minnesotans aren’t going to think that $600 a month for a 10×10 room and bathroom privileges is a sweetheart deal, but they sure know what tax evasion means — and 17 states does not equal “honest mistake”.


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Excellent! The WCCO reporter and channel can also be put in the hard left political column so this report shows the contempt that everyone here in Minnesota has for this moron!

sabbott on August 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM

FINALLY, Franken makes me laugh!!!!

Good ad by the Coleman people.

Talon on August 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

silverfox on August 14, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Frankly, Franken isn’t right.

DanStark on August 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Al Franken needs to seriously reconsider going back to doing comedy.

But then again, the assclown was never really funny to begin with.

pilamaye on August 14, 2008 at 2:20 PM

“Stay tuned for more…” Oooh, how edgy and unique. No one wants to stay tuned for more of your crap, Al.

Everyone here knows he’s a windbag and a douchebag of the highest order.

Grafted on August 14, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Coleman wraps up the Frostbite Falls vote.

whitetop on August 14, 2008 at 2:30 PM

What were the Dems thinking when they put this guy up for a Senate run? It’s almost like they sabotage themselves.

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I’m wondering if a Republican operative went into a Minnesota Democratic Party meeting (or where ever they choose who’s running for Senate) and said “Hey, you know who is from Minnesota and would make a good Senator? Al Franken,” and they replied, “That’s a brilliant idea. We will get him to run for Senate.”

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Franken always did seem to be an obsequious little liberal turd.

LimeyGeek on August 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

What were the Dems thinking when they put this guy up for a Senate run? It’s almost like they sabotage themselves.
terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Because here in my beautiful state you can’t swing a vanilla latte without hitting a twitchy-eyed liberal; they are in many respects crazier than those libs you find on the east coast.

FrankenStein is a carpet-bagger of the first order. He has another ad running that is supposed to showcase his foreign policy credentials, it consists of bragging that he has made seventeen USO tours.

Bishop on August 14, 2008 at 2:40 PM

As evidence of liberal whackitude here in MN, if you travel into the inner city you will see big signs in the yards which say “WELLSTONE!”.

Those signs and similar bumper stickers are still being manufactured years after the man’s death.

We have an extra special sort of crazy up here, must be the weather.

Bishop on August 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

$600 for 1 bedroom thats pretty expensive..

not sure what Franken-beens is complaining about.

Chakra Hammer on August 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I know. Isn’t it great?!

BacaDog on August 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

When I saw the Franken ad, I thought, “Is that it? Is that the best Franken can come up with?”
What a fool.
As for Franken’s ‘honest mistake’ about not paying taxes…what an idiot. Someone making millions of dollars should have a tax team working for them, making sure that all proper taxes are paid. It’s called protecting your bottom line.
I want a debate between Franken and Coleman. I want Franken to be asked about his part in the ‘Air America/Boys and Girls Club loan’ scandal. If he can’t answer honest questions about his financial background, he shouldn’t expect anyone to vote for him.

Doug on August 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM

He has another ad running that is supposed to showcase his foreign policy credentials, it consists of bragging that he has made seventeen USO tours.

I saw that. Hasn’t Scarlett Johansson worked with the USO? Does that mean she’s in the running for Obama’s VP?

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

No, Scarlett is taking the same role that Marilyn Monroe had in the JFK administration.

Bishop on August 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

No offense, but I feel sorry for Minnesotans if Franken is actually considered a viable candidate there.

Think_b4_speaking on August 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

I know. Isn’t it great?!

BacaDog on August 14, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I’m just hoping he doesn’t win. That would be embarrassing and not satirical (you say “funny” or “comedian” when talking about Franken, he’s a satirist, ok).

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Meant to write:

(you can’t say “funny” or “comedian” when talking about Franken, he’s a satirist, ok).

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM

$600 for 1 bedroom thats pretty expensive..

not sure what Franken-beens is complaining about.

Yep, that is expensive, especially for a small room.

terryannonline on August 14, 2008 at 3:02 PM

There’s no such thing as an honest mistake when a lib is involved.

thekingtut on August 14, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Al Franken = Air America = Failure

byteshredder on August 14, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Think_B

Aw thanks but remember…. this is the state that let Jesse Ventura be governor…. is Franken such a stretch?… Scary, admittedly, but not unusual here in the state where nothing is allowed.

MNDavenotPC on August 14, 2008 at 3:09 PM

it’s the Al Franken Decade of Deceit!

wildweasel on August 14, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Franken is such a total loser I don’t know why he even in this race.

duff65 on August 14, 2008 at 3:23 PM

This week on DC CRIBS! Norm Coleman!

“Here’s the bedroom. This is where I get my freak on at, yo!”

saint kansas on August 14, 2008 at 3:24 PM

what a useful idiot.

kirkill on August 14, 2008 at 3:28 PM

No offense, but I feel sorry for Minnesotans if Franken is actually considered a viable candidate there.

Think_b4_speaking on August 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Just remember, this is the same state that elected Jesse Ventura.

RobG on August 14, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Let’s see. If you or I failed to pay taxes in 17 states, where would we be today?

Skipper50 on August 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Al Franken:

Not good at funny.

Even worse at serious.

And a bad liar to boot.

landlines on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

No offense, but I feel sorry for Minnesotans if Franken is actually considered a viable candidate there.

Think_b4_speaking on August 14, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Just remember, this is the same state that elected Jesse Ventura.

RobG on August 14, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Hey, we also produced Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale! We live in a beautiful state with over 100,000 lakes, a great economy, low crime rate outside the cities and we have managed to keep most of the creeps from New York and California from soiling our state (our interstates actually don’t have discarded beds and trash on them).

We do have a contingent of PBS and NPR listeners however that are striving to save the planet, buy organic, wear earth shoes and create a total Nanny State for the rest of us bitter clingers…

sabbott on August 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

The Coleman response?

Game…Set…Match

franksalterego on August 14, 2008 at 5:14 PM

HE MADE ANOTHER FUNNY! HA HA HA HAHA

gr8inferno on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Elections and the losing losers who lose them.

BDavis on August 14, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Ya gotta understand, it was a JOKE. Remember, Franken is a “comedian”. Ha ha.

GarandFan on August 14, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Franken is a fool AND a tool. I bet Norm Coleman’s team is just having a blast smacking him down. Such an easy target, the Stuart Smalley.

MsUnderestimated on August 14, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Let’s see. If you or I failed to pay taxes in 17 states, where would we be today?

Running for political office. Natch. Unless you weren’t a lefty, then you’d be in for a long stay at the iron bar motel.

electric-rascal on August 14, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Am I the only one who thinks Franken could play the Joker in the next Batman movie, not needing makeup? The guy’s mouth is really, ummm, I don’t know, different?

adamsmith on August 15, 2008 at 9:49 AM