Last week I speculated that the Strib's Doug Tice was doing damage control for Norm Coleman with a Big Question post. Now my speculations are confirmed.
CNS News via Leo:
Limbaugh Critic Argues Against Fairness Doctrine
By Fred LucasCNSNews.com Staff Writer
October 05, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.), the only Republican senator to criticize conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh - and who faces a 2008 challenge for his seat from failed liberal talk radio host Al Franken - warned against government regulation of talk radio on Thursday.
However, he did not retract his criticism of Limbaugh.
The issue of the Fairness Doctrine was raised again this week as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats took to the Senate floor to blast Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment.
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Coleman also compared Limbaugh's statement to the liberal MoveOn.org's controversial ad calling Gen. David Petreus , commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, "Gen. Betray Us."
"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," said Coleman.
On Thursday, Coleman acknowledged that Limbaugh may have been talking about one individual rather than every veteran opposed to the war, but Coleman did not retract his criticism.
"My point about that, not what did Rush say, what he didn't say, I'm very clear about this," said Coleman, when speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
"I think we need to elevate the level of debate. The MoveOn thing was absolutely clear and explicit. It was calling the commander-in-chief of our armed forces in a time of war a traitor. It clearly crossed the line, and folks understood that," he added.
"What was originally reported with Rush in his comment, my first reaction was if those are his comments, it's wrong," said Coleman.
"Rush has clarified, but my point is still the same point. I think we just need to do better, I think we need to rise above the level of debate. Here's a legitimate concern about an individual, if they were a legitimate soldier. That's a different issue. But again, I think we need to do better," he said.
Norm Coleman appears to be so petrified of losing any votes that he's finding it difficult to take a principled stand on any controversial issue. His continued attempts at placating both sides via rhetorical left and right switchbacks aren't gaining him any friends on the left, and certainly aren't serving to light any fires of support on the right.
To utilize Coleman's own verbiage, "I think we need to do better."
Physician, heal thyself.
Norm Coleman has always said different things to different people. This is nothing new.