Stuck between Iraq and a smug face

Al Franken has some choice for Sen. Norm Coleman in a recent YouTube video regarding Bush's Tuesday appearance in Eden Prairie. With the president in town to raise funds for Coleman, Franken wasted no time in firing away, posting his screed the same day.

Coleman is also facing pressure from his own party.

Freedom's Watch, a recently created war-mongering group headed by former White House strategist Brad Brakeman, has unleashed an ad campaign designed to pressure lawmakers to continue their support for the war. The ads conclude by insisting viewers call a toll-free number and urge their representatives to keep on keepin' on in Iraq. Liberal pussies and America-haters be damned!

Brakeman—a shrill spin doctor-slash-maggot who once chastised House Majority Leader Harry Reid for "giv[ing] aid and comfort to our enemy and demoraliz[ing] our troops"—told the Strib Wednesday, "We believe the message will resonate with American people that surrendering is not an option."

Like any effective propaganda, the ads employ a mind-bending combination of emotional manipulation, fear-mongering, and comical breaches of logic. One of the ads reportedly features a veteran walking on artificial legs.

"Congress was right to vote to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan," he says to the camera. "I reenlisted after Sept. 11 because I don't want my sons to see what I saw. I want them to be free and safe. I know what I lost. I also know that if we pull out now, everything I've given and the sacrifices will mean nothing. They attacked us, and they will again. They won't stop in Iraq. We are winning on the ground and making real progress. It's no time to quit. It's no time for politics."

"No time for politics." An ironic plea from an overtly partisan ad campaign.

In other Coleman news, SurveyUSA reports that his approval rating has enjoyed a slight bump from last month, jumping from 43 percent to 47 percent. This comes as good news to the pro-war senator, perhaps even a bit surprising considering a majority (55 percent by last count) of Minnesotans favor troop withdrawal