Norm and Hockey: Is the Power Play Finally Expiring?

Senator Norm Coleman’s acting troupe of “bowlers” have been frantically reminding Minnesotans that Coleman “brought hockey back.” Today, real Minnesotans are reminding us of more important things they wish Coleman would have brought back.

In other campaign news, today’s Star Tribune poll shows that Franken’s attacks on Coleman have largely neutralized the tax charges and goofball eruptions that have dogged Franken all year. Franken and Coleman now are suffering equally crappy disapproval ratings.

As I suggested a while back, this back-and-fort will benefit the vanilla flavored None-of-the-Above Party candidate Dean Barkley. But the Frankenoids had to go goon-for-goon with the hard-checking Colemanistas, or Franken would have been toothless down the stretch.

Better news for Franken is the finding that 62% of Minnesotans say that Coleman is “someone who usually goes along with what President Bush wants,” while only 26% believe he is an independent thinker. Coleman’s entire campaign has been focused on selling his alleged independence, and hiding from his historic Bush loyalty. That clearly isn’t selling. Franken is battered and bloodied, but he’s back on the ice.

– Loveland

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Bill and Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Part 2

I still don’t think it’s doing anything for them (in my simple-minded world, a commercial is like a joke; if you have to explain it, it doesn’t work) but the second commercial in the Seinfeld/Gates series is at least entertaining.

Maybe that’s the point: Microsoft is trying to make us like them better by making us laugh (OK, I didn’t actually laugh out loud, but I did smile a couple of times and smiling is definitely a gateway expression).  Maybe it’ll work; when was the last time a big company spent $300 million just to entertain us for free?

– Austin

PS – Gates is solidly funny as Seinfeld’s straight man – like a skinny, mellower George Costanza.  Maybe that’s the point; now that Bill G. has time on his hands after giving up day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft, he wants to become an actor. tax debt fine