Category Archives: Minnesota Politics

Becky Lourey vs. Cheney’s Governor

One of my perks as a new Democrat who has yet to be discovered as such by the Republic Party is that I get email from both parties. I’ve gotten my second e-mail from Becky Lourey’s campaign for Governor. I haven’t figured out how to link to an email without posting it as a new page but you can check out her webpage here.

The key paragraph in her email is this:

In order to win against a charming incumbent, Democrats must do more than simply offer a candidate who will match Republicans blow-for-blow. We must offer a leader that not only motivates, inspires and captures the imagination of Minnesota voters but one who is committed to fighting for the values and priorities that support and empower our families and businesses. As a mother of 12, a grandmother, a farmer, a business owner and a champion on the issues of health care, education, the environment, and peace, my vision and leadership will turn this state around. I will restore Minnesota to its place as a great progressive leader once again. My energy, enthusiasm, commitment and unique personal story are the ingredients that give me the edge over Tim Pawlenty–ingredients that will allow me to connect with and earn the support of voters from every city, county, and corner of Minnesota.

Becky does have a varied background and boundless enthusiasm. What she may not have is guile and cunning. Karl Rove has it. Lincoln had it. Even Senator Feingold has it. If you think these terms sound too sneaky then think of this quality as “street smarts.”

Lourey is not naive. Certainly she has more understanding for people who are in pain than any Republicans I know. Nonetheless empathy alone  will not get her elected.

Doran’s Demise, Weber’s Analysis, and the Ultras

After posting the email from the Dreckless folks I reread Vin Weber’s analysis of Doran’s departure from the race for Governor. I agree with Vin. When I went to the DFL caucus I voted for Doran myself. His measley 6% of the straw vote is probably what drove him from the race even though it looked as though he would challenge in the primary.

Weber is probably right that Doran would have been the most successful candidate but the ultra’s in the Democratic party are as enamored of people on their end like Howard Dean as ultra Republicans are enamored of their Santorums and Brownbacks. What’s a centrist to do?

My sense is that while the Republican powerbrokers lost their party to their extremists the Democratic power brokers have a little more influence. I could be wrong.

Thank God for primary elections. They are the one place that party averse voters can go to punish candidates that pander too much to the ultras.

Minnesota’s newest blog

No Corey,
I’m afraid I have a newer Minnesota political blog than you have. www.lincolndemocrat.com
I took a look at yours. Good writing, huh? Well, the powerful graphics with Dean Johnson’s head superimposed on another person’s body shaking Bill Clinton’s hand or with a poster of Lenin in the background….woo hoo…this  is quality stuff.  And Vin Weber is associated with you? In flagrante delecto indeed!
“Dreckless?” Is that meant to be an oxymoron?
Best Regards,
Harry Welty 

 

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:04 PM
Subject: dreckless – Minnesota’s newest political blog
Greetings from dreckless, the state’s newest blog discussing political people and events here in Minnesota. Since we began publishing in mid-January, we’ve been delighted and humbled by the interest our readers have shown. To be honest, we’ve been surprised at the number of visits we receive each day!
 
“What?” you say. “Yet another blog?” 
 
In our first posting, back in January 17, we layed out our reasons for starting yet another blog. As the fomer Executive Director of the Republican Party of Minnesota, I believe that we have a unique perspective on political people and events here in Minnesota.
 
“Who is we?” you ask.
 
Dreckless is fortunate to have as a contributing editor, former Republican Congressman Vin Weber who now serves as managing director of Clark & Weinstock, one of Washington, D.C.’s premier strategic consulting firms. Take a minute to check out his latest analysis on a bright spot for Republicans.
 
We’re delighted to also be joined by my former colleague at the Republican Party of Minnesota Jonathan Blake. Jonathan and I have worked together for a number of years and it will take only a minute of reviewing some of his postings to see that he has an impressive writing style all his own.

So, take a moment and check us out. We welcome your active participation in the coming months and look forward to hearing from you.
Corey Miltimore
Editor
 

 

Dean Dean Dean and we don’t mean Howard

The Minnesota GOP has a new Dean to bean. Its Dean Johnson the ex-Republican now Majority leader of the Senate DFL caucus. Senator Johnson claimed to have gotten assurances from judges on how they were likely to rule. He did not realize that he was being recorded and is now rightly apologizing profusely. As a Democrat he is now free to apologize for his mistakes unlike, say, President Bush who still hasn’t been able to admit to any mistakes. Senator Johnson should have realized that as a state legislator he had no right to speak for the State Supreme Court. If he had been a private religious leader like, say, James Dobson, he could have waved around the thank yous sent him by Supreme Court appointees and made all sorts of claims about how his friends on the Supreme Court would rule.

This is the email Minn GOP sent me. No one has alerted them yet about my party switch. Oh, and check out the GOP’s new website on DOMA. (The Defense of Marriage Act)

(by the by, I’m a little embarassed by this post. It is so blatently partisan. Its just the sort of piffle I’d expect the State DFL chair to spout. Still, its not bad for piffle is it? I’ll try to put a “piffle disclaimer” on similar posts in the future. For me piffle is like the “gotcha” smart alecky ripostes which have little substance but are fun nonetheless. An example would be FDR’s teasing Republicans about about his scottish terrier Fala.)