The Strib should run a link check before promoting the site. The pigseye podcast link for the story about the impact of Ramstad retiring from congress didn't work. Once more of the site links work, it does look like it will be a nice resource for political junkies.
The links to the Prez blog and the Big Question did work. Conservative Reporter/Editor Doug Tice was able to get a statement from the Coleman campaign regarding Rush Limbaugh's remarks calling soldiers who oppose the Iraq war "phony soldiers":
“Limbaugh’s suggestion that those who have served their country and express their opinions are ‘phony soldiers’ is wrong. There needs to be a level of civility and honest debate in this country about issues as important as this. Labeling an active duty General a traitor, or calling a soldier a phony for having a different opinion does not rise to the level of discourse we hold ourselves to in this country.”
Minnesota Monitor's Jeff Fecke reports that President Bush, through his spokesperson, condemned Limbaugh's remarks:
The statement by Limbaugh came on the heels of a controversy surrounding an advertisement taken out by MoveOn.org assailing Gen. David Petraeus, which featured the headline, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" The ad was roundly denounced by Republicans, including Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who took out an ad condemning Al Franken, one of Coleman's Democratic challengers, for previously raising money for MoveOn.
The Franken campaign declined to attack Limbaugh directly. In a statement given to Minnesota Monitor, press secretary Jess McIntosh said simply, "Al's thought enough about Rush Limbaugh for one lifetime."
Coleman's office did not respond to a request for comment.
At a press briefing, White House spokesperson Dana Perino did fault Limbaugh for the statement, saying, "The president believes that if you are serving in the military that you have the rights that every American has which is you're free to express yourself in any way that you want to. And there are some that oppose the war, and that's OK."
Coleman's campaign appears to on principle avoid giving comment to Minnesota Monitor reporters.