Since we're all in the political minority here, perhaps some of you have felt the same way: I find it interesting how often politicians and PACs will run smear ads that have the exact opposite of the desired impact on me because of my libertarian views. I know they're targeting the undecided voter and don't care how I vote, but it still makes me chuckle from time to time.
Every time I've checked my fantasy football team or my spam Yahoo e-mail account tonight, there has been an ad that asks, "Why didn't Norm Coleman help stop meth in Minnesota?" If you click on the ad, you wind up here, and you'll see the following:
In January 2003, Coleman joined fellow Republicans in voting to kill an amendment proposed by Senator Tom Harkin. The Harkin amendment would have provided $634.7 million in Fiscal Year 2003 Omnibus Appropriations to rural law enforcement agencies for antidrug programs. According to floor statements from the Senate record, the funding helped law enforcement pursue meth producers. The motion to kill the amendment was agreed to in a vote of 52-46. [Congressional Quarterly, 1/17/03; HJ Res 2, Vote #6, 1/17/03]
Coleman's vote denied $8.5 million in anti-drug law enforcement funding for rural Minnesota. Coleman voted to table the amendment, which proposed restoring funding levels to FY02 levels, or $8,456,474 for Minnesota. [HJ Res 2, Vote #6, 1/17/03]
My thoughts were, wow, a Republican not blowing money on the useless, dangerous, ineffective and pointless war on drugs? And this from the party of Just Say No? I don't care for either Coleman or Franken, but this attack on Coleman actually scores him some minor points in my eyes.
Changing to an unrelated topic, one issue I've been disappointed with the American Left on this election season is their support for the The Employee Free Choice Act. We're the folks that favor the free market over democracy. They're supposed to be the folks that stand up for democracy as an end in itself. And now they're backing a bill that removes anonymous voting? These folks were pissed about the disenfranchising nature of butterfly ballots a few years ago. For as much as the American Left likes to sneer self righteously, it's clearly pragmatism over principle now that they want to do away with secret balloting in the instances it hurts their agenda.