No Balls v. No Strategy

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 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.

– Loveland

3 thoughts on “No Balls v. No Strategy

  1. This is really too bad. Especially because on the Franken radio show, he worked with his celebrity connections very sparingly, supposedly out of principle. In general, he would have them on only if they were pushing a specific initiative. Sad to hear he’s gone back on that to these results.

  2. Paul Roz says:

    Does Franken have “balls”, er, excuse me, political courage? He says single payer health care is most efficient, but he doesn’t advocate it. He is for ending the war, but won’t commit to a withdrawal date. The problem isn’t strategy for Franken, it’s he doesn’t stand up with political courage.

  3. K Rove says:

    People like Larry David confuse insults with persuasion. The Hall of Fame example of this (which effectively handed Norm Coleman his current job) was Rick Kahn’s public “eulogy” of Paul Wellstone. Get angry liberals in a political forum and they’ll manage to offend those whose support they seek.

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