I spent a good part of the evening watching national news programs that talked about the Minnesota Senate race. I noticed that all of the Democrats who were interviewed had been given the same talking points. They all said that 1) prior to Wellstone’s death, Norm Coleman had engaged in a vicious, negative campaign against Wellstone; and 2) Coleman did not observe a truce following Wellstone’s death, as the Democrats did. Both of these claims are flat-out lies, as any Minnesotan could tell you. The Coleman/Wellstone race was vigorous and hard-fought, and appropriately so. But the most “negative” campaigning in that race was by Wellstone, who ran a series of ads that attacked Coleman personally, based on the fact that Coleman changed parties years ago. Even more absurd is the claim that Coleman failed to observe the campaign embargo. On the contrary, Coleman suspended all campaigning from the moment of Wellstone’s plane crash until today. Not only did he not campaign, he was as gracious as could possibly be expected and repeatedly paid tribute to Wellstone as a gallant foe. Last night, while the Democrats engaged in their partisan orgy, Coleman remained silent. Only today has he resumed his campaign. There were, in fact, several Minnesota campaigns that failed to observe the cease-fire agreed to informally by the parties. All of these campaigns, without exception, were by Democrats, as even the partisan Minneapolis Star Tribune was forced to acknowledge. All Republicans scrupulously observed the cease-fire. These are not opinions, these are facts which any Minnesotan can verify. Nevertheless, the national Democratic party has sent its representatives out to be interviewed, armed with talking points that are, quite simply, false. What does one make of a party that cannot tell the truth–not about events of the dim historical past, but about events that occurred during the last few weeks and days?
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