I appreciate the input, but I’m not looking to go to wherever you’re hinting at. John Howe, and maybe Ted Daley, and maybe whoever else, are who I’ll be blogging about, now.
If there’s a long game here, it’s about the election. Because it can certainly be argued that if, in November 2014, the Minnesota GOP can’t do at least one of the following:
- Win the State House, even if only by a seat or two (50-50, I’d say, right now);
- Win a state executive office (less than 50-50, SoS is their only real chance, especially with their clownish crew of gubernatorial candidates);
- Win MN-08 (less than 50-50, but not a long shot);
- Beat Al (long shot);
then said MN GOP is officially dead in the water until further notice. Which isn’t to say we could all just take it easy because our work is done.
There are some that believe that, while the stars don’t really tell the future, practices like astrology can provide a useful framework for expressing what’s going on in the subconscious/unconscious. That might account for a little of this.
One other thing, that is actually most evident, on a larger scale, in the U.S. Senate. The political/economic status quo has been pretty good to Tom Bakk. No personal reason for him to want to see it change much.
Bakk is apparently buying into the bogus claims that anything other than a small, slow increase will hurt business. It’s kind of inexplicable, especially given how much of his political support, right from the start, has been union-based.
Any indication that Paulbots could be migrating to the IP? Could that be why they didn’t make more noise in the GOP caucuses? (None of the top GOP caucus straw poll vote-getters for Senate or Gov are Paulbot-approved. Dave Thompson’s a Tea Party social conservative.)
Asking anyone out there.
I’m not sure, but I seem to recall Abeler making it official kind of early, when it seemed that he might have a chance.
I definitely recall GOP leadership in his district being almost downright nonplussed, that he went for it.
Zellers had to have been thinking that he’d do better.
As I’m sure you’re well aware, “Democrats who give these people cover” goes all the way to the very top, nationally. We’re fortunate that the administration has been too occupied with other matters to really push on education. And, I suppose, that Arne Duncan is an ineffectual, wholly unimpressive standard-bearer. That’s thankfully given anti-deformers time to get it together.
I saw a claim that Obama’s people gave serious consideration to replacing Duncan with, yes, Michelle Rhee. I’ve chosen to believe that it wasn’t true, but what I choose to believe doesn’t always turn out to be the same thing as fact.
I’d say it’s likely that Daudt carries a loaded gun because he never knows when he might need to heroically brandish it in order to prevent a crime, and bring a bad guy to justice.
I’m serious. You know, as well as I do, how messed up these guys are.
I’m with you on everything except the U.S. Senate, where I think the best possibility is a Dem hold at 51-52 seats. As an aside, 50/50 will likely not be a Dem hold, as Joe Manchin will jump parties.
Given my own record, “I’m with you” is not necessarily what you want to see.
Which leads to the much bigger issue, which is starting to be more widely recognized, of whether too many resources are being put into broadcast ads.
From the point of view of winning elections, that is. From the point of view of wealthy campaign donors that also have financial interests in the media that run the ads, it’s a great way for them to recoup some of their “investment.”
Conventional wisdom pre-election, which I’m embarrassed to admit that I fell for, was that Andrew was the favorite. I suppose that doesn’t automatically make the actual outcome an “upset.”
Dayton and Franken are both politically stronger than they were when first elected. But, yeah, I see your point. Electorally, the west metro is just…weird.
Actually, 0.06% is about the likelihood that this guy is what he claims. Far more likely that he’s some idiot Young Republican at a right-wing propaganda mill somewhere, part of whose duties include trolling websites. Rather pitiable. But what’s really ridiculous is that people like him just honestly don’t seem to comprehend how easy it is to see right through them.
I got no problem with heresy.
I’ve seen no indication of a way to “make this work” with current technology. That is, to work such an operation profitably, without big, negative environmental consequences. That’s never been accomplished before, and the track record of the multinational that is really behind this is very bad.
There are presumably effective mitigation technologies being developed. But they’re likely years away from real-world effectiveness.
I believe that this Friday, some sort of detailed proposal is to be released. Like many others currently opposed, I will view it with an open, but appropriately critical and reality-based, mindset.
Some months from now, when the ACA is going strong, I suspect the question will return to the Dems picking up seats. I’ve never bought that we have much chance of taking back the House, next time. It’s more a matter of positioning to do so in 2016.
I wonder if the Hodges campaign did micro-targeting, and the others didn’t, at least not as much.
I never had anyone say to me anything along the lines of “Betsy’s people are everywhere, blowing everyone else’s canvassers away.” But in hindsight I’m willing to take your word for it. Makes a lot of sense.
I hear ya, that endorsements from people that last held office a long time ago are pretty insignificant, as a general rule.
That had not occurred to me. I recall that the Strib also had an article about (now Councilmember-elect) Andrew Johnson’s youthful transgressions; I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a hit piece, but I thought it significant that that’s what they highlighted, out of so many candidates in so many wards, not long before election day.
Thanks for commenting.
It may be finally getting through to W that he is going into the books as the worst U.S. President of all time. And that could be driving him to religious extremism.
Sounds exactly in line with everything I’ve seen and heard about how Kline and his staff do things. Thank you for commenting.
You’re adept on technical issues, right? Maybe you can tell me if I’m missing something. It seems to me that once the ballot choices are tallied, and it looks like they have been, it shouldn’t take a computer long at all to deal with it. In fact, the basic algorithm should be pretty simple. Admittedly, I haven’t done any programming since college, when Reagan was in his first term.
The Age of Reform is the other one that I’ve read.