Democrats are positively a titter at a new fundraising appeal for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann signed by deposed Senator Norm Coleman, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota.Â Nearing the end of the third-quarter reporting period for raising campaign cash, Bachmann and others are pulling out all stops to post good numbers, impress potential donors, and scare off the opposition. Coleman’s letter raises the specter of a nation ill-led by “President Obama, Senator Franken and Nancy Pelosi.”Â Democrats want nothing more, he suggests, than to “defeat Michele Bachmann and replace her with a Nancy Pelosi/Al Franken knock-off.” That’s two quick shots at Franken, the Democrat who now sits in Coleman’s old Senate office. Wait, make that three, with the suggestion that Bachmann’s opposition funding comes “from the same people who bankrolled Al Franken’s race against me and his legal battle to deny honest Minnesotans a fair vote last November.” Those people, in Coleman’s accounting of his 312-vote loss to Franken, don’t live in Minnesota. Rather, they have something more to do with “the liberal netroots in places like San Francisco, Manhattan and Vermont.”
Coleman wasn’t available Tuesday to elaborate. Nor were any of his spokespeople, or those in the press shops at the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the folks who are supposed to see to it that Bachmann gets reelected. Bachmann, for her part, issued her own apppeal to supporters, highlighting the fact that “Democrats have me on their list of TOP 8 GOP TARGETS TO DEFEAT!” (Emphasis hers).
Some critics, meanwhile, are wondering how all this positions Coleman in the political future. Wrote an administrator at the checksandbalances web site: “Where is the ‘moderate’ Norm Coleman?”