Norm Coleman: "otherwise dumb as a post"
Via Crooks and Liars, we find that conservative Jude Wanniski isn't very impressed with the latest Republican Senator with dreams of growing up to be president. Norm Coleman is best known for having filled the seat of Paul Wellstone. Once a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Coleman decided that the Republican Party was a better route to political power. Today he is leading the charge for the Republicans (and holding water for the John Birch Society) to undermine the United Nations by holding the tainted investigations of the Oil for Food program and by actively backing the nomination of John Bolton as Ambassador to the UN. Coleman sees this as a step on the way to preparing for a presidential run.
As Wanniski says, Coleman thinks that the investigations he's holding are a sign of his acumen.
Which brings us to Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, a young Republican who clearly has dreams of riding the so-called "Oil-for-Food Scandal" to the White House, a la Richard Nixon's prosecution of Alger Hiss as a Communist spy. From what I've seen do far, though, Coleman's background as a prosecutor may make him smarter than his colleagues in understanding the Minnesota penal code, but otherwise he is as dumb as a post. At least in the sense that he still doesn't realize he has been chosen by the neo-cons and their friends in the pro-war conservative press. His mission: to smear the United Nations, Secretary General Kofi Annan, and ultimately all the agencies of the U.N. that are likely to get in their way of an Imperial America. In return, they are telling him he is, by gosh, presidential timber!!
Senator Coleman seems to think that as long as the stuff he is getting from the neo-cons is winning him the plaudits of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Rupert Murdoch's news empire, he can not only take it to the Sunday talk shows, but also attack members of the British Parliament who have different views on the subject. He did so recently by accusing George Galloway of the House of Commons of corruption in the so-called "Oil-for-Food Scandal" and instead of slinking away into the London fog, Galloway showed up in Washington this last week to appear before the Coleman subcommittee investigating the "Scandal." He did so having won in December 150,000 British pounds in libel damages from the Daily Telegraph over its separate claims he had received money from Saddam's regime. After Coleman laid out a series of charges against him, here is what Galloway had to say. The last we saw, Senator Coleman was seen slinking away into the fog[.]
What a shame that Minnesota had to replace a man of great integrity with such a louse.