Alan Fine is not a lawyer, but he has mastered a strategy that all trial lawyers learn at the bar (the one across from the courthouse):
If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the facts are against you, argue the law. And if you don't have a snowball's chance in Hades of winning, call the other guy names.
Especially if he's a Muslim.
Fine started slur-slinging the day after Keith Ellison -- a Democrat, an African-American legislator and a Catholic-Muslim (he grew up Catholic and converted) who makes some people go off their medications and howl at the moon -- handily won the Fifth District DFL primary for Congress on Tuesday.
Unfit, Fine called Ellison. An embarrassment. Offensive.
What Fine really was saying: "I have no chance, but I want people to know I was here. Where did I put my mud bucket?"