Last Call, Part III

The Democrats are increasingly optimistic that they can get to 60 Senate seats this year, giving them filibuster-proof control of that body. If that happens, the Republicans may as well not bother to show up in January, as they will be bystanders, unable to moderate, to any significant degree, the leftward lurch in the country’s policies that the Dems are planning.

One of the key Republicans the Democrats have targeted in their push to 60 seats is Minnesota’s Norm Coleman. As a first-term Senator in a blue state, Coleman is considered vulnerable, even though his opponent is Al Franken, a former comedian and former Minnesotan. The local media, 100% Democratic, are doing all they can to help Franken win. The polls are all over the lot and an Independence Party candidate, currently attracting 15% to 20% of the vote, is a joker in the deck. Right now the race is probably a dead heat.

Franken is swimming in cash, little of which was raised in Minnesota. The national Democratic party is flooding Minnesota’s airwaves with attacks on Coleman. Coleman has raised what would normally be considered a great deal of money, but like Republicans everywhere, he is being badly outspent. As we have noted, Coleman recently pulled all negative ads and is trying to win the election with a positive message.

Norm is a centrist by Senate standards, but is a solid conservative on many important issues: taxes, regulation of business, self-defense against Islamic terrorism, support for Israel, pro-life, and others. He is a smart, hard-working, effective Senator and a genuinely good guy. The contrast with an angry, hard-left goofball like Al Franken couldn’t be greater.

The hour is late, but Norm is still raising money. With his race likely coming down to the wire, the money he raises in the next two weeks could decide whether the Democrats achieve total control over the Senate. Take my word for it: Norm Coleman is absolutely worthy of the support of Power Line readers who share our perspective on the world of politics. You can go here to contribute to his campaign. It’s not too late.

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