Video: “I wish you wouldn’t”

posted at 2:41 pm on August 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Today is Minnesota’s primary, which has less cachet for Republicans than usual.  Kurt Bills won the official party endorsement for the US Senate race in May during the state GOP convention, which often doesn’t mean anything in Minnesota for either party; candidates frequently ignore losses at state conventions to challenge for the official nomination in the primary, as Mark Dayton did in 2010 when he narrowly beat DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher for the nomination on his way to a close victory in the gubernatorial race.  This time around, though, Republican opponents to Bills abided by the endorsement, and Bills will merely make his nomination official today.

Bills will challenge Amy Klobuchar for her current Senate seat, and it will be difficult to beat Klobuchar.   She has excellent name recognition in the state, has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness), and hasn’t done anything to make herself controversial enough to neutralize those two advantages.  In fact, she hasn’t done much of anything at all.  That’s the basis of Bills’ first attack ad on Klobuchar, which takes her most notable moment in the Senate and highlights all the problems Klobuchar hasn’t addressed — while focusing on the really important issues, like, er … Twilight.  Even Elena Kagan wished she hadn’t gone there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvqshQ5yDWw&feature=youtu.be

Bills taught high-school economics, so expect his campaign to heavily emphasize Klobuchar’s total support for Obamanomics, and lack of initiative to address any of its side effects.  It’s a measure of how confident Democratic leadership has been in the Senate of Klobuchar’s ability to hold this seat that they haven’t given her anything significant to do in her freshman term, and there’s probably ample reason for that confidence; polling this year has put Klobuchar up 20 points over any other challenger, including Bills.  The only real hope here is that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan gain a lot of traction in the state, and that Bills can get the Ron Paul organization that pushed him to a second-ballot victory in May to energize nationally on his behalf.  It’s going to be a long shot, but this is a pretty good opening move for Bills.


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I’d love for the GOP to take this seat, but I also can’t stomach the notion that it would suddenly make Al Franken the senior Senator from MN. Something in the water up there.

changer1701 on August 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

It’s hard to beat someone who’s hard to demonize or ridicule. This is why Paul Ryan was a good pick.

GOPRanknFile on August 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

The worst part of that is she actually admitted to taking innocent kids to see that awful flick.

itsnotaboutme on August 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

She has excellent name recognition in the state, has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness), and hasn’t done anything to make herself controversial enough to neutralize those two advantages. In fact, she hasn’t done much of anything at all.

That’s what America needs, more genuinely nice people, who want to dictate our life decisions to us and, for our trouble, confiscate what we’ve sweated so hard to earn.

Heavy sigh.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness)

I didn’t know someone who supports the murder of the most defenseless among us could be considered “genuinely nice”

Kelligan on August 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Tie Klobuchar to her vote on Obamacare. Relentlessly note that Obamacare means a de facto govt takeover and lines for inferior service and govt $ being skewed more and more into substandard Medicaid… as Medicare shrivels? It’s that, or Ryan’s antidote for Obamacare!
Also, tie Klobuchar heavily to gay marriage, as this issue may tip the scales (in combinatioin with O-Care) our way for many Dem leaning independents, and they may switch. Also, tie Klobuchar if possible to the pro ground zero mosque (and related issues) faction, if it can be worked in properly as the issue unfortunately has faded (the Repubs congressional ballot lead was highest on Sep 9, 2010 at the very height of the Ground Zero Mosque uproar).

anotherJoe on August 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

“Nuts”

FlaMurph on August 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true

God help us.

faraway on August 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

It was my understanding from junior high school civics class that Senators are supposed to read and understand proposed legislation, argue its benefits and problems, amend legislation as appropriate, and vote their approval or disapproval after giving due consideration. Does Amy Klobuchar do any of these things, or does she simply read the party line that’s handed to her? For that matter, does Al Franken do any of these things?

Do you actually need Senators from Minnesota? Wouldn’t a potted plant be sufficient as a replacement?

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

We have the same kind of do nothing senator in Jon Tester. He is only there to sit in a seat and vote like he’s told to.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness)

Genuinely nice people generally don’t participate willingly in a party cynically determined to bring on the collapse of a great nation, for personal gain.

That party is the Democratic Party and that party is evil. Everyone slightly associated with it is either evil or criminally negligent as well.

NoDonkey on August 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

May I take this opportunity to ask just how many primaries there are, today ?
Michigan is one, no ?
Sorry for OT, but I’ve lost track.

pambi on August 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The evil nice

It’s dangerous to say it, but nice people are a nuisance, constantly imposing their values and preferences on others. And they usually get their way.

Because they are extremely aware of their own feelings, though, nice people come off as highly sensitive. That makes it seem obligatory to treat them with tender regard. Who wants to do or say anything hurtful to someone so pleasant? It doesn’t matter how impervious they actually are to the feelings of others (especially others deemed not-so-nice) or how imperious they are in asserting their own point of view. Deference is due the nice lest their feelings be hurt.

Worse, most people are too intimidated to say “no” because the nice, when they don’t get their way, get their pound of flesh. If you resist you are branded as mean, and you probably carry an inward load of guilt as well for stepping on such delicate toes.

Nice people know this, consciously or otherwise, and they use it. It’s not a case of passive-aggressiveness, it’s pure aggressive. Consider how the nice insist that everyone conform to their view of what people should be doing or how they should be acting and feeling. They have no compunction about openly criticizing others in ways that would normally be considered totally rude. They insist that everyone follow their preferred rituals and activities, however onerous. People can’t help but favor those who present themselves so forcefully as sweet and sensitive.

If you openly object to any of this, holding the nice to ordinary standards of behavior, you are made out to be cantankerous, and probably a bully. Stand in the way of the nice and you will likely be ostracized, revealed as the arrogant fool you are. People would rather accede to the nice person’s self-centered and platitudinous view of the world than deal with the moral complexity of criticism.

faraway on August 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I don’t know anything about Kurt Bills, but that ad kicks freaking A!

L.N. Smithee on August 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Ed, you need to get Mary Katherine to make a video of Amy Klobuchar throwing granny over the cliff, and insisting she release every tax return she has ever filed, and all her parents tax returns as well.

Also, marching with Occupy Minneapolis sporting Black Block wardrobe and a molotov cocktail in her hand would be nice.

This is politics today, so let’s get to it!

Defeat Kommie Klobuchar, before she nukes us all!

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

…what can you say about a populace that elected Al Franken as a Senator!… (makes me feel good that I can point to others when I’m from… *extremely redfaced*… Michigan)

KOOLAID2 on August 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Unfortunately for our Conservative brothers and sisters in Minnesota they are surrounded by stupid people. Stuart Smalley is their Senator…let me repeat that – Stuart Smalley is their Senator…That is all!

Tbone McGraw on August 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Of all the rubber stamps on Obama’s desk, she’s the nicest. She’d give you the shirt off Mitt Romney’s back.

RBMN on August 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

On second thought, my idea may actually boost her popularity in Minnesota.

Never mind.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

All of this “genuinely nice person”, “really nice good friend” crap (you know, other than their overt support for an ideology that is destroying our civilization, our economy, our children, etc) has me wondering WTF you (you who write those kind of words about your ‘nice friends’ who are leftists) could possibly be thinking?

Seriously – you STILL don’t get it? It’s like having a really nice good friend – you know, except they support terrorism. Or cop killers. Or hating kids because of their religious beliefs. Or stealing your money to give it to someone else. Or grilling kittens.

Where’s the point where you stop looking at this “nice person” and actually start seeing them?

ffs.

Midas on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Someone down in MA once told me Teddy Kennedy was a nice person. I didn’t buy that and i am not buying this Ed. Giving a Democrat from Mn 3 thumbs up is as Dapper O’Neil would say “Enough to make ya sick.”

RickinNH on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Sorry Ed we are quick getting to the point where flattening even the “nice dems” needs to happen….

I know it ain’t MN nice but it’ll have to do.

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

To bad we don’t have video of Amy Klobuchar Dancing with Joe “The Villages” Biden

SWalker on August 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Of all the rubber stamps on Obama’s desk, she’s the nicest. She’d give you the shirt off our Mitt Romney’s backs.

RBMN on August 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Just a slight alteration.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Perhaps they did not give her anything to do, and enable her to raise her public profile, because she’s dumber than a box of Barbara’s?

Another Drew on August 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Ahh yes, the Democrat Women of the US Senate….

let’s see, we have:

Barbara Boxer..Patty Murray..Amy Klobuchar….

..with the combined intellect of a door knob.

ToddPA on August 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Someone down in MA once told me Teddy Kennedy was a nice person.
RickinNH on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne would like to dispute that assertion, but she is currently otherwise engaged, having been murdered by Ted Kennedy and all…

SWalker on August 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Midas on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Nah Midas I am certain she did not vote for Ogabecare, and I am also pretty certain that she is not thrilled with Speaker Pelosi, or is not in favor of huge tax increases while Obama uses Venture $ociali$m to distort the market….

Flatten them

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Seriously – you STILL don’t get it? It’s like having a really nice good friend – you know, except they support terrorism. Or cop killers. Or hating kids because of their religious beliefs. Or stealing your money to give it to someone else. Or grilling kittens.

Midas on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

What’s wrong with grilling kittens?

Archivarix on August 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Here is nice Amy on ‘Climate Change’ at 0:51.

The debate is over. The facts are in. The science is clear.

“nice people are … constantly imposing their values and preferences on others.”

faraway on August 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Fantastic ad! Too bad Ms. Klobuchar, even in her banality, comes across as such a charming woman.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

“when fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jackboots. It will be Nike sneakers and smiley shirts. Smiley-smiley.” – George Carlin

From jonah Goldberg’s ‘Liberal Fascism’.

catmman on August 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Flatten them

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

All of them.

Midas on August 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Hm. Wasn’t Sarah Palin a nice person once? Before she became the inspiration for Gabby Giffords assailant? And her children became targets for the vile?

Why do “nice” Democrats get a pass?

Portia46 on August 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

May I take this opportunity to ask just how many primaries there are, today ?
Michigan is one, no ?
Sorry for OT, but I’ve lost track.

pambi on August 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Nope, Michigan has had theirs already. Pete Hoekstra will be facing off against Debbie “I feel global warming while traveling on a plane” Stabenow

Conservative4Ever on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

In fact, she hasn’t done much of anything at all.

Sounds just like El Presidente.

GarandFan on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Note to GOP: Don’t waste any money in MN. They are a hopeless case and probably stuck on stupid for two more generations. Just advise Republicans there to move to Wisconsin and learn to love the Packers. I’d suggest we offer to sell MN to the Canadians but it would probably cost us a bundle to get them to take it.

Extrafishy on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ahh yes, the Democrat Women of the US Senate….

let’s see, we have:

Barbara Boxer..Patty Murray..Amy Klobuchar….

..with the combined intellect of a door knob.

ToddPA on August 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I think Patty Murray will always be the most clueless, stupid, ignorant Congressman ever.

Conservative4Ever on August 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Klob****char.

Glad to vote for Bills today. Too bad he has no chance in November.

Nelsen on August 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Note to GOP: Don’t waste any money in MN. They are a hopeless case and probably stuck on stupid for two more generations. Just advise Republicans there to move to Wisconsin and learn to love the Packers. I’d suggest we offer to sell MN to the Canadians but it would probably cost us a bundle to get them to take it.

Extrafishy on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Oh hell no. As bad as the DFL is, no way will I ever become a Packer fan.

Nelsen on August 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Ahh yes, the Democrat Women of the US Senate….

let’s see, we have:

Barbara Boxer..Patty Murray..Amy Klobuchar….

..with the combined intellect of a door knob.

ToddPA on August 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

You forgot Collins and Snowe…oh, wait..

Murkul…Merkosi…The Hag from Alaska.

BigWyo on August 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Ed,
We need less fairness and much more of the cut throat ability of those on our side to defeat our political enemies who are also a part of the fifth column, operating right out in the open, destroying our country. Please stop trying to be fair, it is time to take off the gloves and, metaphorically, to start carpet bombing their denizens. I am tired of pundits on our side caliming how nice and likeable the people who want to destroy us are.

Brown James on August 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Someone down in MA once told me Teddy Kennedy was a nice person.
RickinNH on August 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne would like to dispute that assertion, but she is currently otherwise engaged, having been murdered by Ted Kennedy and all…

I though about that point in my post but i wanted the main point to be the rapping of Ed’s knuckles for the “nice person” line.

RickinNH on August 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Wonderful to know that Ed finds the nitwit Senator from his kook-fringe home state to be “nice”. I find nothing nice in her support of retarded economics.

Jaibones on August 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I guess if you rub elbows with the members of the two party evil money cult it is a lot like getting along with and thinking the reservation over lord will hand you a bit cleaner and not so worn use blanket when winter comes. That way it makes sense I guess to think of evil as nice and not so much a danger.

Works until they get behind your back and vote in things like Obama Care or leave the Southern border open to millions of wage/vote slaves.

Nice little lady just like the warden of DHS..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

ps

When Ted Cruz announced no one gave him a chance.

Work and going on the attack with facts works.

Just saying that a nice tone of voice by the guy robbing you blind makes him/her any better than a thug with a baseball bat and willing to use it.

Either way, your money and freedom is gone.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

oops
Does not make him/her any better….

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

This is a very good ad.

Deafdog on August 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I think Patty Murray will always be the most clueless, stupid, ignorant Congressman ever.

Conservative4Ever on August 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Only if Scott Brown is re-elected.

Gingotts on August 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Hey, Dems, Why Don’t You Tell Us How You Really Feel About Paul Ryan?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/hey-dems-why-dont-you-tell-us-how-you.html

M2RB: KISS, live at Rock Am Ring 2010

Resist We Much on August 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Forget Blls. He has zero, none, nada chance of even coming within 10 points of Senator Amy.

Instead, send your cash to Chip Cravaak in the 8th, and to whoever is running against Walz in the 1st and Peterson in the 7th.

There will be a big YES voter turnout for the CA’s in those districts, so why not pick up 2 House seats instead of going on a Fool’s Errand in the Senate race?

Bruno Strozek on August 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Conservative4Ever on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ahhh, yes ! I’ve slept since then, I guess. ;-)
Toldja I’ve lost track.
Thanks.

pambi on August 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

There are very nice people to be found in mental health facilities, too. They can be charming conversationalists, creative artists, and effective helpers. But for all their niceness, they should never be given positions of political power.

Let’s all the nice Democrat politicians into nice private citizens in November.

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Let’s ^make^ …

Argh. Purview is my fiend.

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

win over the felon vote like Al Franken.

I know some nice liberals too, but it doesn’t change the fact they’re bats*** crazy

burserker on August 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The awful responses to Ed’s comment that Knobluchar is a “nice person” really indicates that we have our fair share of repulsive, horrible people on the right. Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

You fail Logic 101. We are asserting that a person with “nice” demeanor can still be clueless, hypocritical, or even evil, regardless of his or her political views.

Haven’t you read Shakespeare? “A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain.”

Also, I didn’t see where anyone said that such persons are unworthy to be Americans. That’s a straw man. Shame on you.

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oh, and BTW, “Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil…” is probably a leftie. So-called “liberals” are generally quite illiberal.

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sounds like Mrs. K is deeply involved in motherhood. Maybe she ought to postpone her Congressional career till she can “get out of the kitchen”. So how many $90+/hour folks were wasting time listening to this movie patter at the Congressional hearing. This is Mrs. K’s idea of a substantive question for a Supreme Court Candidate.

–And folks wonder why congress is thought of as a joke?

KenInIL on August 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I find it vastly amusing that so many people took offense to my reporting on Klobuchar’s demeanor. I’m trying to paint the difficulty that the GOP will have in this race by reporting realistically on the situation, and a goodly number of people here would rather I blow smoke up their skirts.

Do I think Klobuchar is a genuinely nice person? Yes, from personal experience; she was the only Democratic officeholder who would join our Patriot Day commemoration on September 11th of last year, and she was quite gracious that day, as well on a couple of other occasions on which we had an opportunity to converse. Do I want her to win another term? Not in this lifetime or any other. The two conditions aren’t mutually exclusive.

It would make a lot of difference if she was a jerk. Franken has to run for re-election in 2014, probably against Pawlenty, and if Democrats can’t find something significant for him to claim credit, he’s going to have a hell of a time winning again.

Ed Morrissey on August 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Lets see, franken, klobuchar, and ellison. That is the three headed monster that is supposed to look out for me. I want to puke…………….

crosshugger on August 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Most of the posts i read were not about her being an American as to how Ed shows why Mn is a lost cause with “nice person.” I have no problem with her as long as she has no say as to how i live my life and they way to do this is to get her to retire because of illness. “The voters got sick of her.”

RickinNH on August 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Do you mean like the Dems do to EVERY Republican candidate for office at EVERY level of government?

I’ll take a twist on the Forrest Gump “stupid is as stupid does” and say that for any Dem politician who consistently votes the Dem party line no matter what the true consequences may be – “evil is as evil does”.
And the other point for such a “nice person” – “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

dentarthurdent on August 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I’ll also point out that the very best con-men are incredibly nice and smile at you all the time, and talk about how they just want to help you – all while they’re robbing you blind.
Are they evil or not?

dentarthurdent on August 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

It just sickens me to see politician doing something silly and frivolous, just playing to the cameras while they think they are doing the important work of the country. It’s all fun and games until the economy and then the country collapses. Do these fools really think they are to important to not be affected? I hope they are in a bad part of town when law and order breaks down. why should I be surprised anymore, after all, we deserve the government we elect.

deimos on August 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

A Great add.

I would like to see Food Stamp numbers and Workforce participation added to give the full picture of how Obama has destroyed America.

There are so many numbers that are way down. That is really what we should focus on. That and the fact that Medicare will soon be bankrupt then Social Security.

The Democrats have convinced America that money grows on some Washington DC tree. We need to tell the truth.

Steveangell on August 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I’ll also point out that the very best con-men are incredibly nice and smile at you all the time, and talk about how they just want to help you – all while they’re robbing you blind.
Are they evil or not?

dentarthurdent on August 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Well said.

You can dress up Communism however you want. You can call it Progressive, Socialism or whatever you want. But the one thing you can not do is change what it really is. A Government that micromanages every aspect of your life and will kill you if you do not like their ideas eventually. No matter how nice they are to you for now that is the ultimate ending. Socialism always ends in Communism.

So yes.

Every Progressive is pure Evil.

Every Socialist is pure Evil.

Every Communist is pure Evil.

But many pretend to be good friends just doing their best to make your life better. While actually enslaving you.

Steveangell on August 14, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Franken has to run for re-election in 2014, probably against Pawlenty, and if Democrats can’t find something significant for him to claim credit, he’s going to have a hell of a time winning again.

Ed Morrissey on August 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

He won the first time? I thought he lost that election before stealing it “on appeal”.

Del Dolemonte on August 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

What the heII is wrong with you folks up there?

Bmore on August 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

She has excellent name recognition in the state, has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness)

Awwww, Ed is such a sweet guy. He’s really bipartisan, middle-of-the-road, fair, balanced, judicious, thriftybravecleanandreverent.

Just what we need. Keep singing the praises of the other side, Ed. You know that’s what they’re doing.

misterpeasea on August 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Something in the water up there.

changer1701 on August 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Sure, the West Nile effects the brain, and with all the deer ticks Lyme Disease can too.

socalcon on August 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

So she’s a bubblehead, but a nice bubblehead. As Rome burns…

MNHawk on August 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne would like to dispute that assertion, but she is currently otherwise engaged, having been murdered by Ted Kennedy and all…

SWalker on August 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I always go for the shorter “classic” version of this, although I don’t know the original source.

In response to a fawning article about Ted K, someone wrote, simply:

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for a response…

massrighty on August 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I find it vastly amusing that so many people took offense to my reporting on Klobuchar’s demeanor. I’m trying to paint the difficulty that the GOP will have in this race by reporting realistically on the situation, and a goodly number of people here would rather I blow smoke up their skirts.

Do I think Klobuchar is a genuinely nice person? Yes,

Ed Morrissey on August 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

The problem Ed, is that we are not the priest in a confessional.

You are writing as a conservative blogger.

faraway on August 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The awful responses to Ed’s comment that Knobluchar is a “nice person” really indicates that we have our fair share of repulsive, horrible people on the right. Anyone who automatically assumes that a person who has different political views must therefore be evil, is unworthy of being called an American.

AngusMc on August 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Nice Strawman.

Not.

98ZJUSMC on August 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

He won the first time? I thought he lost that election before stealing it “on appeal”.

Del Dolemonte on August 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

and appeal…..and appeal…..and….

Oh, hey! Votes-in-a-Trunk!

I win. Al Franken decade, bay-bee.

*facepalm*

98ZJUSMC on August 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Franken has to run for re-election in 2014, probably against Pawlenty, and if Democrats can’t find something significant for him to claim credit, he’s going to have a hell of a time winning again.

Ed Morrissey on August 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Al Franken vs. Tim Pawlenty? Yay! Oh man, this will be epic! Go T-Paw!!!

:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 15, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Note to GOP: Don’t waste any money in MN. They are a hopeless case and probably stuck on stupid for two more generations. Just advise Republicans there to move to Wisconsin and learn to love the Packers. I’d suggest we offer to sell MN to the Canadians but it would probably cost us a bundle to get them to take it.

Extrafishy on August 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

OK. Just stop it now, Smellyfishy.
Look, I’m from MN and my relatives from Wisc are hopeless. Guys, there is real fraud here and it has been with us for generations. We are not hopeless, but maybe the GOP better put a little effort into finding the fraud (like our SOS office) to clean it up around here. There are some really hard working people here who are trying to hold onto their homes and businesses. We have kids too and would like a future. We supported the GOP in Wisconsin when things got tough. So stop telling us we are all dumbhead goons and look the other way or this fraudster mentality will be headed to your state too. And it ain’t fun.

nebraski on August 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Oh hell no. As bad as the DFL is, no way will I ever become a Packer fan.

Nelsen on August 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Oh, come on! Join a winning team!

Every season we get treated to the latest Vikings debacle – it makes living here tolerable.

Ygritte on August 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

She has excellent name recognition in the state, has a reputation as a genuinely nice person (which I can confirm as true, in all honesty and fairness), and hasn’t done anything to make herself controversial enough to neutralize those two advantages.

She’s real nice to ponzi schemers too.

Documents: Sen. Klobuchar took Ponzi schemer’s campaign contributions, didn’t prosecute
http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/19/documents-sen-klobuchar-took-ponzi-schemers-campaign-contributions-didnt-prosecute/

Rae on October 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM