Senator "Pollyanna" Coleman had this news for the always guileless AP reporter Fred Frommer:
Sen. Norm Coleman loses two subcommittee chairmanships next year and slides from majority to minority status as the Democrats take over the Senate. But ever the optimist, the Minnesota Republican says he thinks he can pick up some extra clout in the remade Senate.
Ya think, Fred? Today's sleek statesman is just tomorrow's obstructionist goober. With the Dems setting the agenda in the Senate, Norm can go along to get along or be painted as a partisan obstructionist, just as he has been so glad to paint the Dems the past four years.
That's clout? Naw. Spot says it's more like what happened to his friend Rover, who got fixed.