GOP chair: My proof of Franken-DonorGate link is a math equation

The invaluable Uptake has provided us with video of another day of dueling DonorGate press conferences.

In the blue DFL corner, pols like Cong. Keith Ellison telling the Coleman camp they must “Put up, or you better shut up” about claims Al Franken knew something about a Texas lawsuit filed against a Coleman donor.

In red GOP corner, Minnesota Republican chair Ron Carey offers no such proof — beyond a math proof: 2 + 2 = 4.

Judge for yourself:

Caveat: This is an edited version of both parties’ remarks, and I wasn’t there, so I can’t testify to what was left out.

Now, I’m no fan of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s misleading DonorGate ad, but Carey claims the spot (produced independently of Franken’s campaign) is “all about attacking Laurie Coleman” and that “Laurie Coleman is being viciously attacked and her character is being called into question.”

Again, judge for yourself:

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Elizabeth Dunn on 11/03/2008 - 12:49 pm.

    To state the obvious, the ad is questioning Norm’s integrity above all. It’s Norm himself who keeps dragging “my wife” into it, as in his repeats of “they’re attacking my wife,” “how dare they attack my wife.” He’s chosen to frame it that way. That’s a back door deflection of responsibility off of himself and onto his wife. Very slick, and perhaps a new moral low for him.

  2. Submitted by Bud Rosenfield on 11/03/2008 - 01:25 pm.

    Agree with the first comment, although I think Norm’s been on lower moral ground before! Classic obfuscation strategy, but anyone who actually sees the ad will have to wonder what Norm is even talking about.

    None of this surprises me, as Norm is a shameless self-promoter. Sort of wish the lawsuit had been filed earlier, as it could very possibly have some legs to it…

  3. Submitted by Dick Novack on 11/03/2008 - 03:47 pm.

    – Al Franken is NOT ALSO a “shameless self-promoter?” Let’s get real.

    Standing in line to vote Saturday the lady and daughter in front of me were effectively talking about a none-of-the-above vote, denigrating Franken and Coleman alike. If enough think like that Barkley could have the same surprise Ventura because it did not show in the polls.

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