In the Minnesota U.S. Senate food fight, almost all of the Republicans’ rhetorical tater tots seem to flying at Al Franken.
A quick review of news statements from the Minnesota Republican Party and posts on henchmen sites like Minnesota Democrats Exposed shows that almost all of the conservative nasties are aimed Franken, not Democratic rival Mike Ciresi. In fact, practically the only time Ciresi even gets a mention from the modern day nattering nabobs of negativity is when he says something even remotely critical of Franken.
Why is Franken the one the Republicans love to hate? Because he is a better bogeyman to fire up the right wing grassroots and fundraising base? Because they view Franken as the candidate who poses more of a General Election threat to Coleman?
Whatever the reason, if Republicans succeed in destroying Franken to the benefit of Ciresi, they may regret it. After all, Ciresi appears to pose the same level of threat as Franken. Survey USA shows Coleman leading Franken by seven percentage points and Ciresi by six.