Poor Cullen Sheehan. To let Senator Norm Coleman’s beleaguered spokesperson know we’re thinking about him, all the grizzled flaks in town should get together and send him a funny Hallmark, tater tot hotdish and pan of bars.
It aint easy being Mr. Sheehan. His boss’s disapproval ratings have risen to 48%. According to USA Today/Gallup, the President he surgically conjoined himself to has disapproval ratings of 66%.
So what do you do? Have the President join you on a flag plastered platform? Not so much. Scream “support the troops” even louder? Dang it all, that doesn’t seem to be working any more. Go with good ole “fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here?” No, polls show Americans think the war has made them LESS safe. Go to Iraq and report back that it all seems a lot like Crocus Hill to you? Gosh, that isn’t working either.
Hey, I know, go to page 437 of the Hack’s Handbook to the chapter entitled, “If They Don’t Buy Your Message, Attack The Messenger.” And since you can’t really blame the huge majority of your Minnesota constituents who oppose your position on the war, that leaves but one messenger to attack — the liberals!
Hey, do you wise guys have a better idea? Short of announcing a position change on the war, which is out of the spokesdude’s hands, this is probably Mr. Sheehan’s only real play. Which is not to say it’s an effective play.
Anyway, I personally think chocolate scotch-a-roos are always a nice choice.