(opinions expressed herein are mine, so don't be blaming Susan)
There's a lot riding on these primary elections. The outcome, of course. But it's also a chance to show some incumbents that we're not fooling around any more. We're mad as hell (with good reason), we're focused and we're determined to oust anyone with even the faintest whiff of essence of Bush. You can run and you can hide, but the aroma lingers on.
This primary is a dress rehearsal for the November 7 election which, in turn, marks the opening of the November 2008 election cycle.
In Minnesota, my home state, the primary thing is a little bit complicated. I'm not smart enough about what's going on among the front-runners in the fifth congressional district (Ellison, Erlandson, and Ember). I think I'd be tempted to cast a write-in vote for Elvis. Not my district. You decide.
Then there's Minnesota's Attorney General race. The current AG, Mike Hatch, fought tooth and nail for the DFL endorsement for governor, and he got it. I was there when it happened. Seemed like it was a very big deal to him. But now he's supporting unendorsed candidates for Attorney General. Go figure.
I am smart enough to know that the man who earned the endorsement, Steve Kelley, is the far and away the most qualified candidate for AG. He's smart. He's got a boatload of political and legal experience. He knows the law. He's been an attorney for 27 years. He knows state issues and policy, inside-out. He knows how to get elected. In fact, Kelley was elected and re-elected to the Minnesota legislature for 14 years.
Steve Kelley is one of what seems to be a vanishing breed. He's a genuinely nice person who cares deeply about Minnesotans and about justice. He's also tough, and he'll go to the mat for us, because that's the kind of guy he is. He has tremendous integrity. He's definitely the right person at the right time.
So, do you need a Minnesota poll finder? Click here.
Now go get your car keys and head on out to vote. Lines will be short and it won't take you long. And here's an idea. Bring someone with you who wasn't planning to go. It's gonna be a great day for some good old-fashioned democracy.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: Vote in the MN Primary election
(and anywhere else that's having primaries, please and thank you)