In an appearance on behalf of Minnesota U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken, Hollywood comedic genius Larry David recently recently accused Senator Norm Coleman of having “no balls.” It proved a popular line among the committed liberals in attendance, but it presumably will not go over as well in less partisan and cheeky corners of Minnesota.
While the earnest folks at http://www.factcheck.org investigate the veracity of David’s claim, there is a serious communications issue to ponder. Franken’s strategists should consider the message-oriented pros and con of bringing Larry David and his ilk into Minnesota.
On the “pro” side, the appearance of an irreverent celeb brings spice and a fundraising draw. I get that. But Franken is hardly deficient in these areas. On the “con” side, Franken IS perceived to be lacking in Senatorial gravitas and Midwestern cultural cred, and standing around with your Hollywood pals hurling sophomoric insults aggravates that problem.
Bottom line: The Franken campaign continues to look as if it’s being managed by Lorne Michaels.