Posts Tagged ‘Coleman’

It’s Not Over Yet

November 8, 2008

There are still three contested Senate elections: Stevens in AK, Chambliss in GA, and Coleman in MN.  They’re still going through absentee and contested ballots in Alaska, Chambliss will be heading into a runoff in December, and Coleman’s stuck in a very close recount.  All three could use money and on-the-ground support.

Stevens is asking for $75,000 more to cover costs and could always use more help from lawyers/ballot observers.  Check out his website to see how to help.  (Even if you don’t like Stevens but are sympathetic to Republicans, you might consider helping him.  If Stevens wins, he could resign or by expelled from the Senate.  A special election would find a replacement to fill out the rest of his term; there’s some controversy about the powers of the Gov. of Alaska, Sarah Palin, to appoint a temporary replacement.)

Coleman’s leading Franken by just a few hundred votes in Minnesota.  Franken’s trying to whip up cash and volunteer time from his supporters.  You can help Coleman counter Franken here.  With numbers this close, a few votes here or there could make a huge difference.

Chambliss will be the longest-term commitment.  Everyone seems to think that a runoff is very likely, since no candidate got over 50% of the vote.  Chambliss led his Democratic challenger 49.8 to 46.8, but don’t expect this runoff to be a cakewalk.  The Democrat’s already using Barack Obama as a way of trying to drum up support, and you can bet that Democrats across the nation will be willing to pour money and effort into this race if they think it could pull them over the 60-vote mark in the Senate.  On the Republican side, McCain has already confirmed that he will be campaigning for Chambliss, and Palin might help out, too.  The date of the runoff is December 2.  You can volunteer with Chambliss’s campaign here and contribute here.

If Republicans win at least one of these seats, they can keep Democrats below 60 votes in the Senate.  Winning all three would give the Republicans 43 votes, a workable minority.  (If the Democrats push Joe Lieberman too far, he could decide to caucus with the Republicans, giving them 44 votes.)  If you’re serious about putting the brakes on or seriously interrogating Barack Obama’s agenda, here’s your chance.

When Partisans Attack

October 22, 2008

Vandals defaced the home (see this FOX story for pictures) of Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who’s caught in a tough re-election campaign versus Al Franken.  The graffiti reads, “U R A CRIMINAL RESIGN OR ELSE!”  The vandals also call Coleman “scum.”  Perhaps the most interesting bit of graffiti is “PSALM 2,” which is sprayed near the “OR ELSE.”  Here’s the text of that psalm (in the King James translation):

1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

UPDATE: Further news reports seem to suggest that these vandals are part of a bipartisan movement.  Similar graffiti, all citing “Psalm 2,” has also been sprayed on the residences of other Republican as well as Democratic representatives.  Earlier analysis deleted.

MN Senate 10/21

October 21, 2008

New poll update.  It’s close:

Franken 39
Coleman 41
Barkley 18

A lot will depend on how Barkley (I)’s people decide to go.  Will they stay for him or split for either Franken or Coleman?