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I'm not the most disinterested of observers but Bachmann's attempt to return to her "original base," as Sally Jo puts it, strikes me as something out of the "fool me once" category. Maybe some evangelicals will continue to buy what Bachmann has to say, I just can't tell. Having co-authored (ok, written the whole damn thing) "Bachmannistan," I know Peter Waldron has suffered a great deal of blowback for telling the truth. My fear, as I expressed in my introduction to the book, is that once out of office Bachmann will exercise as deleterious an influence on Minnesota (republican) politics as Vin Weber and Norm Coleman. Talk about water to a drowning man. Then again, the federal grand jury currently empanelled in DC may make my worries moot.
Brava! There was nothing left of that dead horse you comprehensively beat, Sally Jo. I'm not entirely sure the focus of this blog post: that somehow a word means something different to a back bencher than to a leader? Really? Your side is more sophisticated than that and for good reason. You also go along with it but let's keep that our secret, ok? Rep. Daudt's primary job is to prevent the worst excesses of one party rule in Minnesota. I can't believe you wouldn't feel the same were the situation reversed. How he succeeds will depend on which part of the MN GOP spectrum one consults. My perspective is likely very different than the not-sufficiently-disgraced purity people. In any event, I take a bit of hope from your post on Kurt Daudt. Had he been like prior leadership, he would not have been worth your or anyone else's notice.
I will be blogging about this matter on Friday after I've attended the Elephant Club happy hour featuring Sutton, Brodkorb, Sturrock, Johnson & Anderson the evening before. What's not to like? With luck I'll get a forced group smile picture to tweet. I comment on your post only now to say that you have it wrong with the "anti-purity" people as you label us (and link to my blog). It really wasn't Emmer being a lobbyist per se for most delegates that was the problem. Instead, he took a diametrically opposite lobbying job on a matter about which he actually introduced legislation in the MN House. In many people's view, that was about as egregious a selling out of principles as one could imagine. It makes running afoul of the ever expanding party platform look like child's play. Pat Anderson, it must be said, has been on public record supporting various expansions of gambling. To that degree, the comparison with Emmer is not apposite. People may still feel she ought to have divulged her plans before being elected RNC committeewoman but that strikes me as another matter altogether. John Gilmore Chair, 65 B State Central delegate Bluestem responds: Thanks for the thoughtful comment--I look forward to your post.
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Apr 27, 2011