Three DFL gov candidates: Three different strategies

June 29, 2010 by barbara

(A cross-post written by one of my most trusted liberal thinkers and analysts concerning the MN political landscape. Bottom line: Who's gonna live in the big house and how are they going to get there? barbara)

by Dave Mindeman

So we have a primary coming up in about 6 weeks. So let's talk a bit about the DFL side of the ledger. All signs point to an interesting race with 3 different sets of strategy....and a lot of it is dictated by the new August primary date.

September primaries were held at a time when voters would generally start to pay attention. The State Fair just ended and the kids were back at school. The cabins were close to be closed up for the year and summer vacations were completed.

All bets are off with August.

As I watch things unfold, here is what I perceive as the strategies of each of the three campaigns.....

Mark Dayton

Dayton is really a very methodical politician. He has had a long term plan to be Governor of Minnesota and he has been sticking to it. He avoided a crowded scrum for the endorsement by saying very early on that he would not seek it. And he realized early on that to be the candidate you have to win the primary first. Read on!

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Slick idea

June 24, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

I’ve been thinking, which is always just a little bit dangerous. Especially to those who are willing to listen, engage and talk back.

Lately, I’ve been thinking that there needs to be a community service component attached to the BP disaster. I figure if a kid who TPs a few trees while drinking some lite beer has to do time, the BP thing is exponentially more worthy of recompense.

Here’s my idea.

I’ve been thinking that every day until the oil leak is verifiably stopped for some as yet unnamed but protracted period of time, the BP executives – and by the way, given the company’s world view, BP probably stands for Big People, as opposed to the Small People whose lives they’ve trashed – the dudes and the occasional dudette at the top of the BP food chain should be required to take a daily dip in the Gulf. Full immersion required. Sadly, there is more.

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Any bets?

June 23, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

Quick thought on the fly:

It will not surprise me if Gen. Stanley McChrystal's next career move brings him into close proximity to teabags. Just sayin'.

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Father's Day: Who knows best?

June 20, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

Father’s Day, happy. I wish that for you, whether you’re a dad, child of a dad, spouse or lover of a dad, or watched “Father Knows Best,” and used that as the standard for how a dad might be.

A bittersweet day for barbara. You know, our culture easily (if superficially) acknowledges the anguished relationships that, for some, make Mother’s Day a dicey holiday. Not so much with fathers.

Ah, don’t go away. I’m not going to go all wounded inner child on you. But the day certainly brings to mind my own father, who was a very mixed bag kinda guy.

A farm boy growing up. College grad, D.D.S. U.S. Navy officer, serving during WWII on Guam and Okinawa, among other vacation destinations. An exceptional dentist. Severely smart. Generous to a fault. Alcoholic. There's more.

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Thinker Bell ponders: Dayton or MAK?

June 08, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

I seem to have an uncanny knack for backing the wrong horse and then watching the winner lose the whole magilla and/or trash our country.

So it will not surprise you to know that my whole-hearted support of R.T. Rybak for governor and subsequent developments have left me (and likely many others) with no small amount of PTSD.

For those of you beyond the bounds of Minnesota Wonderland, let me give you some back story. Read on.

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