Will Coleman's opponents be able to brand him as a lapdog of an unpopular president and a symbol of the unpopular Republican Party line, or will Coleman succeed in portraying himself as an independent-minded, common sense centrist?That will be the crux of the Senate race. It should be rather easy to portray Coleman as a "political chameleon." In his first two years in the Senate, Coleman's party unity scores were in the low-90's. Then he realized how far to the right he was of mainstream Minnesota and dove back to the left, bringing his party unity score down to the high-70's in '05-06. His agreement with Bush has stood between the mid-80's and high-90's throughout his term. The article makes the following summation: "From 2003 to 2006, Coleman has moved further from the right to the center than all other senators but two." Political chameleon.
Meanwhile, MN Publius highlights that Mike Ciresi has started a YouTube channel. Creative use of multimedia.
SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. Could you see a ticket that had Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Hagel, in no particular order there, but those two names on the same ticket? Would that be--can you see something like that?No wonder the number of Nebraskan Republicans publicly proclaiming interest in a Senate bid is growing.
Sen. HAGEL: It's a great country to think about a New York boy and a Nebraska boy to be teamed up leading this nation.