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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Al Franken and the Colemelian

The Drama Queen has the video of Al Franken saying he doesn't normally talk about gay marriage in greater Minnesota. From the Drama Queen's blog:

This is a video clip of Al Franken admitting that he doesn't start out talking about gay marriage when he campaigns in greater Minnesota. As I wrote yesterday, it will be interesting to see which Al Franken comes to your town. Is it the Al Franken who's not afraid to talk about gay marriage, or is it the Al Franken who won't talk about gay marriage?

This post isn’t about the politics of gay marriage (as Franken does talk about gay marriage later in the video), but rather Franken admitting that he hides his positions from voters, depending on the audience.


Commenters call the Drama Queen on it:

# TwoPuttTommy Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Michael, Franken isn’t - as you claim - “afraid” to talk about gay marriage; what he said - and I quote: “…and I don’t normally go out start in outstate Minnesota talking about gay marriage.”

You’re really, Really, REALLY stretchin’, Michael. Again.

# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

TPT: I don’t see it that way. The issue isn’t about the politics of gay marriage, but rather Franken admitting that he hides his positions from voters, depending on the audience.
# TwoPuttTommy Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Michael, what he SAID, is he doesn’t START talking about gay marriage.

But, you’re claiming he “hides his positions”.

That’s a stretch, Michael.
# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

TPT: It is Franken who says he doesn’t talk about gay marriage when he campaigns in greater Minnesota. The video speaks for itself.

I do believe that Franken is admitting that he hides his position.


Here's the full context of the video. The person who introduced Franken talked about her mother - who died because her cancer wasn't caught early enough. She mentioned that her mother had a female partner. She said her mother would have been covered if gays had been treated equally or if there were universal health insurance.



In this case, Franken was responding to issues the woman raised in the introduction. I think the stronger case about Franken's stands on these issues, is he does not have a civil rights section on his web site.

Franken doesn't talk about how he'd plan on getting to gay marriage. Does that mean he would sponsor legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Norm Coleman says very different things to different audiences. For example, I don't think he tells mainstream audiences how important his vote was in confirming Roberts and Alito. Norm also doesn't praise Michele Bachmann to mainstream audiences. He mentions these issues when he's on the stump at Republican conventions. When I and another member of Log Cabin Republicans met with Norm Coleman, he talked about the need to bring more moderate republicans into the party. He doesn't say such things when he speaks to conservative audiences. When I asked him about the anti-gay lit piece he put out at the 1998 Republican convention, he said he had "no choice." I think that says a lot about Norm Coleman. So I do think Coleman is what you'd call a political chameleon - or Colmelion.

In fact, most politicians tell people what they want to hear. That's why the smart voter will go to hear politicians speak to different audiences.

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