Apparently, since I do not support Al Franken, some commenter's believe I ought to change my blog name to Red Man in a Red District.
It's a good way to push a relatively strong party guy right out of the DFL. Nice work jleuze. I don't support one "Democrat" therefore my blog ought to be Red Man in a Red District? You and Michele Bachmann ought to have a little chat about how you frame issues, you could learn a lot from each other.
Franken has never done it for me. I have seen him speak in numerous places, he's boring. It feels like he thinks he's entitled to this seat and that really bothers me. He evokes the name of Paul Wellstone yet does not understand how Wellstone legislated. He was a fiery liberal, but truly was able to work across the aisle to get things done. Franken is a hot head.
A vote for Dean Barkley is not a wasted vote. Franken has been dinged in at least 2 of the last 3 debates on how he's going to pay for all his initiatives. Franken's answers on Social Security leaves little to be desired as well.
I've spent some time lobbying Norm Coleman on higher education issues. While I spend a lot of time beating up Senator Coleman, I have found him to be very receptive of the college students of Minnesota, and aside from his vote in Budget Reconciliation in 2005, he's been a strong supporter of higher education. Despite that, I cannot bring myself to vote for Norm.
I've found Barkley to be an honorable, common sense, straight forward kind of guy. In conversations I have had with Coleman, Franken, and Barkley, I get a sense that Barkley is not telling me what I want to hear, but rather what I need to hear, some straight talk.
A wasted vote is voting for someone who will maintain status quo. A wasted vote is voting for someone you do not believe in. I've never wasted a vote, every candidate I have ever voted for has earned a vote from Blueman.
Candidates have to earn my vote, you don't just get it because you have a D, R, or an I behind your name on the ballot. Franken has done nothing to earn that vote. I don't like his former career as a "satirist" and think voting for this loser is a wasted vote, which I have been vocal about for about a year. Tax problems, Playboy issues, and I have to be honest, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop here.
Every local candidate is distancing themselves from Franken. It's a complete 180 from 2 years ago when Klobuchar and Wetterling had strong coat tails. No one wants to be associated with Franken. I hope you contact Rep Hosch about his comments on Al Franken being "toxic", since we apparently have to support EVERY Democrat in order to be a Democrat.
There will be at least 5 Democrats on my ballot on November 4th. I am choosing to not vote for one because I don't think Franken will make an honorable US Senator. Because of that, I should now be Red Man in a Red District?
Maybe I'll just be an Independent now, since it's quite clear that if I don't vote for Franken, I can't be a Democrat.
I'd argue that because I am not voting for Franken, I am a strong principled Democrat...but to each their own.