November 8, 2002
WHAT A GUTLESS WEASEL:
Empty victory for a hollow man: How Norm Coleman sold his soul for a Senate seat.
(Garrison Keillor, Nov. 7, 2002, Salon)
Norm got a free ride from the press. St. Paul is a small town and anybody who hangs around the St. Paul Grill knows about Norm's habits. Everyone knows that his family situation is, shall we say, very interesting, but nobody bothered to ask about it, least of all the religious people in the Republican Party. They made their peace with hypocrisy long ago. So this false knight made his way as an all-purpose feel-good candidate, standing for vaguely Republican values, supporting the president.
What kind of coward uses such innuendo about someone's personal life instead of just saying whatever it is he means?
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2002 9:25 PM
Well, the kind of coward who did not notice the defeat of Hutchinson in Arkansas, I suppose.
I suppose that, up Garrison's way, all cowards are above average in gutlessness.
IT's not like Garrison's life has been so straight and narrow--ditched wives, children, significant others.
You sound surprised that lefty loonies have one standard of behavior for themselves and a MUCH STRICTER one for people they don't like.
They've ALWAYS been that way.
I'm just confused. Is it GK's point that Coleman is gay? Or he has a girlfriend? Or what? And who cares anyway? Thanks, Jack R
That's it? Didn't she even angrily address that during the campaign at one point? Mr. Keillor has to have more in mind than just that, doesn't he?
Well you'd think that he must have more in mind than that but the entire piece is so unhinged that it doesn't surprise me the dark secret really is that lame. Thats the great thing about innuendo--you get to make leering hints and let the readers minds run ahead of the facts. Or below them.