Norm's conquest.

The Blotter writes that Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is becoming "a sort of trial-balloon politician for the neo-con agenda's most egregious proposals," and the next one he'll float is about reframing the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina as "an historic opportunity to revitalize the Gulf Coast, while providing for economic incentives that will ensure massive investment in intellectual, physical and technological infrastructure."

How? Wait for it...

"Tax credits to encourage recovery and restoration by businesses and corporations in the region," according to a Coleman press release. And: "Tax credits for human resources technology development."

The release ends with the admonishment that Coleman "felt strongly that federal assistance to the region cannot simply be viewed as government mandates and hand-outs."

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