Poor Minnesota


The news that Sen. Norm Coleman might be tapped to be a leading congressional defender of Karl Rove ought to have his home state retching. No matter what party you’re in, it’s hard to understand how anyone could muster a scintilla of trust or respect for someone who could chair Minnesota for Clinton in ’96, and only four years later fill the same position for Bush.

He’s just slimy, too desperate to be liked, and slick. Although perhaps not as slick as the Iraqi oil that he accused George Galloway of stealing, or his headline-grabbing campaign to take down Kofi Annan.

By agreeing to stand up for Karl “shameless ethics-abuser” Rove, you’ve just given all of us another reason to miss Wellstone.

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