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Monday, June 12, 2006

My take

I wasn't at the convention this weekend as I previously explained, so I may not have the best view on what it means. Ah, but that may be beneficial, right?

Anyway, I do tend to agree that the Democrats are more united now than in recent years. There will be no serious primary battles. Ford Bell is a lost cause, although his stubbornness and martyrdom means he's going to refuse to drop out. You know the type. Becky Lourey isn't going to win either, and I would expect her to have a bit more sense about these kinds of things, but what can you say?

Mark Ritchie, Matt Entenza, and Rebecca Otto are all very good candidates in their respective races. No Buck Humphreys this year: these people know their stuff. They will provide a pretty good contrast to the Republicans that are running.

Republicans have already gone into attack mode, so it is up to the Democrats to come up with a good message for Minnesota. I don't think they are there yet, but there are some promising signs. I think people have a better feel for this kind of thing this year after being beaten constantly.

It is of course a bit too early to be making any predictions, but the Democrats are in a pretty good position coming out of this weekend. They will have to take advantage, though, and that's something that has historically been hard for Democrats to do.


At 9:52 PM, June 12, 2006, Anonymous Chris said...

Remember when Buck Humphrey was considering running for the Senate a year ago? The sad thing is, if he had jumped in, the DC Democrats might have ended up backing him and trying to push others out of the race. "Hey, he's got a famous name and some connections to raise money! Case closed for us! Boy, this stuff is easy. I wonder why everyone's always knocking us for lacking strategic sense?"

At 10:50 AM, June 13, 2006, Blogger Dave Zarkin said...

Democrats needto get commercials on the air branding Palenty as a flip-flopper on his no new taxes stand. First he's for it and last year he said he wasn't signing any pledges with the Taxpayers League.

At 11:42 AM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Wm said...

Democrats need to start using the nickname "Pothole Pawlenty" and put it on billboards all along the freeway.


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