November 1, 2002
WHOSE FUNERAL WAS THAT?:
Coleman surging in Minnesota
Internal GOP tracking polls over the past week, exclusively obtained by WORLD political columnist Joel Rosenberg, show Republican Norm Coleman gaining 7 points since Tuesday night. That puts Republican Coleman in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Mondale, 43 percent to 42 percent. [...]
"Basically, we're back where we were" before Sen. Wellstone's death, the GOP source said. "Independent, undecided voters really didn't like Wellstone. Now they're looking cautiously at the guy who's filling in for the guy they didn't like."
There's no way Mr. Mondale can agree to a debate--his only hope is nostalgia.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2002 7:15 PM
I just watched the MN Senate debate on C-Span (sans Fritz), and I noticed Coleman just kept stressing the words, "look to the future."
It would be sweet justice if the whole Mondale thing backfired on the Dems, but I just don't know if it will.
this one makes me salivate.
Polls are not immensely useful in states like Minnesota, where voters can register same-day at the polls. This was the obvious lesson of Jesse Ventura's 1998 campaign. And if anyone is going to benefit from same-day, logic (unfortunately) suggests it's Mondale; Democrats are just better at getting random people out to vote. Plus don't forget about the outright fraud. Democrats are *really* good at that.
If Mondale refuses to debate, how can he get votes from any but partisan Democrats? It shows a lack of self-confidence that undermines the confidence of anyone thinking of voting for him. He will lose.
The Clintonoids blew it. Alan Page would have been a sure bet. But, as usual, the liberals view the electorate as a bunch of bigots that can't see past pigmentation.
They're just taking a page from the debate over troops in the Saudi Entity. They didn't pick Page because we (the opposition) would like that (seriously, who here wouldn't vote for Page over Mondale?). But better to oppose the enemy than benefit yourself.