A commenter, Blue J (Sue R) has taken Barkley to task, calling him a panderer and an "unserious candidate"
Remember...there is only one candidate in this race that has been closing his campaign TV and radio ads by telling us he's "serious".
Taking one of your high school teachers and putting her in an ad....is that not pandering?
Here are a sample of the responses...
From Tax Paying Liberal
I find it strange that you would call any Democrat running in this state “progressive”. Can you name one thing Al has done for the people of Minnesota before he decided to run? You may bash Barkley but try putting up Franken’s resume up against Deans.
Al host’s an event in St. Cloud for vets and only one person shows up. I guess sd15 and 14 really came through for him. It must be Barkley’s fault. Door knocks are being held all over the 6th for Tinklenberg and Al is left off the lit drops and voter id questions. Blame Barkley. Do you see a lot of house candidates tying themselves to Franken? Name one up here in the 6th. But of course you know all of this. It will be nice to have Dean to blame after this election.
As usual the Democrats will blame their loss on the fact that there are too many people in the race.
You assume that all the votes an IP candidate gets come from people who would otherwise vote for the Democratic. This isn’t based on any kind of data. But you do know that republicans have core values and the Democrats don’t.
If the Democrats the last 2 years had fulfilled their campaign pledges and done something on health care, Iraq, Presidential power, energy and the rest then maybe people would not be holding their noses and Al would get more than one person to show up at an event.
The Democrats were delighted with Dean when he worked to get El crossed endorsed.
Maybe the democrats lose because they keep trying to look like Republicans. Maybe the lack of progress on the key issues the last few years just shows that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans.
People get tired of vanilla after a while.
Barkley not mucking it up for the progressive candidate. That job is being done by the do nothing congress that votes with Bush every time. You can thank the “blue dogs” for that. Oh, I forgot that the Blue dog is main man in the 6th. I guess it’s ok to call Al a progressive but remember that Tinklenberg is a conservative. No wonder the Dems are confused.
Your progressive heroes like Amy votes against a filibuster on FISA so she gives Bush and company cover against crimes they committed. Then she votes against FISA knowing that it will pass, once again thats to the Blue Dogs. She votes for every Iraq war funding bill. In fact she sides with Norm all the time.
If you want to keep things the same as they are, Vote for Norm or Al or El or Michelle, There’s no real difference.
But if you lose don’t blame it on to much democracy. Look in the mirror and ask what choices the 2 parties really offered.
Blue J responds:
I don’t live in an absolute world. I deeply appreciated Congressman David Minge, not just because he was and is a decent human being, but because he carried progressive values to Washington from a very conservative district. As a fiscal conservative, he was one of the first Blue Dogs. He did not always vote as liberally as I would like personally, but overall he kept us moving in the right (left) direction.
Your premise is that Franken and Coleman, and Tinklenberg and Bachmann, do not offer us a choice. That’s baloney and you know it.
In 1992 Ross Perot saved us from a second Bush term. Third party runs can cut both ways.
In Barkley’s case, I am not sure he will hurt one candidate more than the other. He is a vanity candidate, that is all. His recent stunt about paychecks just makes my point. He’s pandering.
Barkley a vanity candidate? This sounds like the rhetoric of a DFL party officer here. Franken has been pandering for more than a year now, get off your high horse.
Tax Paying Liberal goes at it again!
We have different versions of what a vanity candidate is.
I’ll ask you again what has Al done before he decided to run that shows any kind of public service or qualifications to be a U.S. Senator?
I like Al but for his supporter to call Barkley a vanity candidate is a lot like the pot and kettle thing.
Is his vacation attack any less informative than the bowling wars? Or having your grade school teacher do an ad for you?
It is good humor to hear that Barkley is pandering when you can easily look at the FEC reports from Norm, Al, El and Bachmann. Who’s pandering? Let’s hear Al or El say a bad word about any union or Norm say a bad word about Exxon. Tell me they don’t pander to the base.
If we don’t start taking a good hard look at ourselves then we will continue to keep repeating the same mistakes.
We live in an area that the Democratic Party has decided can’t be won. So we are told that the only people we should endorse are those who share the same values as the other party.
Someone has to step in and fill the gap and the IP may be our best hope for a real choice.
You can tell its election year when you see the Democrats dressed in hunting gear talking about guns and Republicans petting small furry animals pretending they care about the environment.
If the debate continues to rage on in the comments section, I may be inclined to frontpage this stuff because...well, it's good stuff!
Clearly some Democrats are getting testy that Barkley has joined the US Senate race. Attacking Barkley as unserious or as a panderer is strange rhetoric. No one has answered the question of what has Al Franken done for Minnesota? Besides having a radio show and going on some great USO tours, Franken has done nothing.
His past will haunt him...just ask the people out door knocking now!