Don’t let anyone kid you about Karin Housley’s chances for victory 5 weeks from today. Running against Tina Smith is a tough challenge. Running against Smith and her millstone, aka Keith Ellison, give Sen. Housley a better shot than just running against Smith.
I’m not overstating things when I state that Keith Ellison acts like a millstone around Tina Smith’s neck. Ellison will continue to be a millstone around Smith’s neck as long as Smith doesn’t distance herself from Ellison.
First, Housley said Smith has “been critical of Kavanaugh. Smith called Kavanaugh ‘a serious threat to women’s freedom. Yet Judge Brett Kavanaugh denied his allegations under oath,’ she said. ‘Democrats, when it’s one of their own, it didn’t happen. To use this for political power is disgusting,’ Housley said. ‘I had to call the attorney general to do an investigation [of Ellison].'”
Let’s be clear about this. Karin Housley is exactly right when she said that Democrats don’t want to talk about this when it’s one of their own. They’d rather focus on Brett Kavanaugh. At the end of the interview, though, Hannity say something that I think will be prophetic. Check this out:
Housley brought up a good point when she said that Smith is still campaigning with Ellison because Ellison “categorically denied” the charges. Then Housley highlighted the fact that Judge Kavanaugh categorically denied the charges against him, too. What’s the difference?
Expect Keith Ellison to be hung like a millstone around Smith’s and Klobuchar’s necks the rest of this campaign. At the end, Hannity replied “Karin, you can win this race. This is now a game-changing moment for the country and I wish you all the luck in the world.”
The truth is that Karin Housley isn’t running against Tina Smith. She’s running against Tina Smith and Keith Ellison. Factor in the Trump Frenzy effect, too. Tina Smith isn’t a lock by any stretch of the imagination.