|David Hann||Kurt Daudt|
Can we have more please?
In the fallout to the resounding electoral defeat, the Minnesota Republican Party is in shambles.
They’re nearly bankrupt and donors haven’t been giving. The brains that won them majorities in both legislative houses was ousted over a sex scandal. The Photo ID and Marriage Amendments that were supposed to excite the base and protect their majorities, failed utterly. The amendments galvanized the left and ensured the MNGOP’s electoral demise.
You would think the MNGOP leadership would do some soul-searching, reevaluate and come back with a new plan and stream-lined messaging. If you thought that, you’d be wrong.
Thankfully, it’ll just be more of the same:
Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, incoming Senate minority leader, said that while they lost the election, “philosophically, we don’t think our ideas are wrong.” Republicans’ task, he said, is doing “a better job of communicating those ideas.”
That includes holding down taxes and spending, promoting free-market solutions in health care and other areas, making the state more business-friendly and retaining the traditional legal definition of marriage.
Sen. Hann is going to be the gift that keeps on giving. Unless he joins Steve Gottwalt and resigns over his conflict of interest scandal.
“We like the opportunities that we’re going to have to point out the differences,” said Rep. Kurt Daudt, the incoming House Republican leader, who lives in rural Isanti County. “We think you’re going to see stark contrasts between what liberal Democrats believe and what conservatives believe.”
Yup. Daudt wants to explain how all the policies that got us into our current mess are better for Minnesota than responsible governing.
With leadership like this, the 2014 elections should be good for the DFL.