Is Norm Coleman the one we want to represent Minnesota? Since he was elected senator six years ago he has voted with President Bush nearly 90 percent of the time.
When you'd see Bush on television, Norm Coleman was many times by his side. He said he's not a big believer in coattailing. However, he said, "But I think it makes a little less difficult to fight the tide."
How can you be a Vietnam War protestor and then support the Iraq war in 2002? He was late to call for the resignation of Attorney General Gonzales. When the resignation was sure to happen, the party put Norm in the middle so we would think he's bipartisan. Senator Klobuchar had called for the resignation months before. Just last week we finally saw a special prosecutor named to investigate Gonzales' behavior in turning the Attorney General's office into nothing but Republican cronyism.
Since the last election, when Democrats took control of Congress he seems to work more with Democrats to appear to be bipartisan. He votes with his reelection in mind, as most of the votes are on very selective issues. He flees the kitchen at the first sign of heat.
He supports Bush's policies but now runs from previous positions to hold onto his job. His trademark throughout his career has been political agility in order to get elected, including switching parties to find an easier path to higher office.
I believe the party tells him what to do - nothing real drastic to hurt the party but just so he looks good to Minnesotans that we might think he's bipartisan.
Carolyn A. Moore