Monday, August 21, 2006
The Absolute Worst State Republican CampaignEver
Ive been kicking around politics in this state for 42 years and have served professionally in Minnesota for eleven years before that a total of 53 years and let me tell you: This years state Republican campaign is the absolute worst I have ever seen in two states going back more than a half-century. Consider: the Republican state comptroller stiffed a major news outlet a 50,000-watt station last night despite her campaign manager having sent her bio and legislative program along to be discussed despite the fact that her picture and notice of her appearance had been posted prominently on this Blog. Consider: the Republican candidate for governor squandered months after her nomination by winging it without a programonly now coming up with a few scraps which are insufficient.
Consider: this Republican candidate for governor had refused to support a marriage amendment (agreeing with the Democratic governor on that issue) supports abortion on demand (as does the Democratic governor) has marched for gay rights (as has the Democratic governor) is seriously thought to have cut a deal with the Democrats to put through a general tax hike if she gets in so as to make the state acceptable for the election of Lisa Madigan in four yearsa conjecture tacitly confirmed by a leading Democratic lawmaker. Consider: the Republican candidate for attorney general has no viable campaign plan whatsoever and says he doesnt need one nor does he have any fund-raising program. Consider: the only chance the Republican state treasurer has of getting elected is that the Democrats nominated a candidate who is grossly ethically challengedand still the Republicans election is far from being in the bag. The only candidate who seems to be running a halfway acceptable campaign is Joe Birkett, whose victory depends solely on his running-mate. Consider: there is absolutely no ground game, no organization in placenor has there been one for two decades. After this state ticket goes down the tubes, if there isnt a decent revolution to take over the GOP, they ought to give the odious corpse a decent burial in Oak Ridge and place on its tombstone the epitaph: Were sorry, Mr. Lincoln. So sorry so sorry.