The Al Franken campaign in Minnesota has a dynamic public relations machine. No sooner does something happen in politics, than a news release appears in the inbox of every reporter.
But not today. The Star Tribune, said to be the worst friend the Republicans have had since Checkers the dog, has endorsed Norm Coleman.
Update – Franken appeared on WCCO. He says he and the editorial board disagreed on the bailout bill. He then launched into his stump speech, which at this point in the campaign has become more noticeable with Franken. There’s not a lot of improv and while it’s good to get a message out, one doesn’t get the sense there’s a real conversation taking place.
He was asked again about the endorsement and the contention that Coleman is better to work in a bipartisan fashion, and he talked about ending the war. He didn’t stray from the message and that obviously is the goal of a campaign, but from a warm-and-fuzzy aspect — and at this stage of the campaign, these things tend to come down to that — he didn’t deliver in a way that might’ve eased the shock of people waking up to the news that the Strib endorsed Coleman.