Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bad Move, Al


So I saw on the 10 o'clock newscast on WCCO that Al Franken has an ad up that plays the old "guilt by association" game. It went by quickly, but the gist of it was that Norm Coleman went fishing in Alaska with Ted Stevens and some lobbyists and now Stevens has been indicted and the ad was chiding Norm about it, using a talking fish for comedic effect, in the typically stylish and understated way for which Al is justly famous.

Memo to Al: you don't want to go there. Ted Stevens may be corrupt, but if you want to play guilt by association game, that means you'll have to explain your relationship with this guy. America's greatest newspaper offered this useful synopsis on my fellow Beloit College alumnus Evan Montvel-Cohen, who allegedly defrauded the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club in New York City in order to get seed money for the highly popular Air America. Good luck with that, Al.
Cross-posted on True North

2 comments:

Aaron said...

Coleman is guilty of receiving money from criminals. Coleman won't return that money. That's not "guilty by association."

Mark Heuring said...

Coleman is guilty of receiving money from criminals. Coleman won't return that money. That's not "guilty by association."

You're right, Aaron. It's argument by assertion. Try again.