From the Political Animal:
Grams for U.S. Senate?
There's been some blog traffic lately to the effect that former Sen. Rod Grams will make a 2008 Senate bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.
Grams, who was elected to the U.S. House in 1992 the U.S. Senate in 1996, said he today hasn't yet thrown his hat into the ring.
"I haven't said yes. I haven't said no," said Grams.
Grams said today that he's disappointed in Coleman, President George Bush, the seeming inevitable presidential nominating of U.S. Sen. John McCain and Republicans, generally, in Minnesota and Washington, D.C.
"I've been unhappy with the direction the party has gone," he said, largely because party leaders are not conservative enough.
But, he added, he doesn't want to be a spoiler in the U.S. Senate race and he's not quite sure how he will express his disappointment.
Aplikowski had posted something about this on February 12, and the Pioneer Press confirmed the rumor with Grams on the 13th.
Aplikowski's commenters weigh in:
# Blurb Says:
February 12th, 2008 at 4:39 pm
Why are you so hell bent on marginalizing any candidate you feel isn’t exactly the mold you envision? Rod Grams is not going to help the Republican party to become Conservative in Minnesota again. Actually he will hurt our chances to hold the seat against the DFL. Can’t you see that?
# J. Ewing Says:
February 12th, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Somebody earlier had it right. If the Coleman campaign is worried about disaffected conservatives not voting for him, why doesn’t he try voting for US for a change? If he doesn’t like the bad things we say about him because of his votes, why doesn’t he change the way he votes?? If most of the people who call you tell you you’re wrong, why would you continue to insist you’re right? When you disagree with the vast majority of your own party, you MUST be wrong.
# Blurb Says:
February 12th, 2008 at 9:56 pm
Why not Mark Kennedy then? He is a great choice too. Sure he got beat in 2006, but so did Grams.
I still am not understanding how splitting the Republican caucus can help the party or conservatives at this point.
Maybe I’m just not as “In” as you are.
# Kevin Says:
February 13th, 2008 at 12:43 am
How would he “split the Republican caucus”???
We’re going to endorse someone, and if the “you don’t want Franken as your Senator” is really so damned effective, does it matter who we endorse?!??
If Grams decides to run for the endorsement, we endorse one or the other than rally behind the winner.
Here’s a hint : Think first, then type.