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Jun 5 2009   5:55PM GMT

Soon-to-be-ex-Senator Norm Coleman’s next job: Network engineer?

Shamus McGillicuddy Shamus McGillicuddy Profile: Shamus McGillicuddy

We don’t spend a lot of time talking politics on The Network Hub, but I can’t resist this one.

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who lost his re-election bid to comedian Al Franken and who has spent the last six months litigating the election results in Minnesota’s courts, was caught on tape at some Republican shindig talking about how the GOP needs to do a better job of using new media to organize itself. He tells an interviewer in the clip below that his party needs to compete on “the Ethernet.” These poor politicians. They spend all their time glad-handing campaign donors and making appearances on cable news networks and no time actually sitting at a desk working with a computer. The entire Internet thing has completely passed them by.  Just as former Sen. Ted Stevens demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of the Internet by saying it is a series of “tubes” that you can’t drive trucks through, Norm has revealed that he probably hasn’t spent much time surfing the web either.

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Or perhaps I’m rushing to judgment. As blogger Josh Marshall points out, maybe Norm, whose teeth are disturbingly white in this video, meant that the GOP needs to brush up its skills on local area networking.


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