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Tough to beat a solid senator like Amy Klobuchar in 2012

Right about now is when all “the buzz” is supposed to start for the 2012 Senate race.  This is prime Senate candidate announcement time, and the rumors should be flying. 

  • On February 9, 1999, Mark Dayton announced his candidacy to run for Senate against Sen. Rod Grams. 
  • On February 11, 2002, Norm Coleman announced his challenge to Sen. Paul Wellstone. 
  • On February 11, 2005, Mark Kennedy was the first candidate to officially announce his intention to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton.  Amy Klobuchar was a little later, announcing her intention to run on April 17, 2005. 
  • In 2007, Al Franken announced his run on February 14, 2007.

Generally, it seems a candidate announces their candidacy about February 11.  This year is a little different.  Instead of candidates throwing their hats in the ring, they are keeping them firmly on their head.  So far, Norm Coleman, Laura Brod, Marty Seifert, and state Sen. Julie Rosen have all said no, while other potential candidates are talking about 2014.

So who will it be?  A second tier candidate?  A young upstart?  GOP Chair Tony Sutton isn’t worried.  In a Tom Scheck report “Sutton said he thinks a candidate will still have time to campaign and raise money if he or she announces by the summer.”

Sutton is right, the candidate will still have time to campaign and raise money.  The question is will there be enough time to defeat Amy Klobuchar.  Tony Sutton called Sen. Klobuchar’s support “a mile wide and an inch deep.”

He is right about the mile wide, but his depth estimation seems a little off.  Sen. Klobuchar has been a very solid Senator.  She might not be well liked by the far left or the far right, but she is willing to listen to both sides and she has proven a willingness to make logical compromises to get things done.  That appeals to the massive group of voters in the center.

There are popular politicians that appeal to one group on the left or the right, for example Michelle Bachmann creates splash and attention, just look at her fan base on Facebook and across the country, but Amy Klobuchar is steady and full of substance which appeals to the moderates.  By the way Bachmann has 10 times as many fans as Klobuchar on Facebook, so head over there and click “like.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar should win in 2012, and she should win decisively.  That is why as we enter the normal announcement period, there are no major candidates rumored or ready to step forward.  2012 could be a tough year for Republicans in Minnesota.  I think they will spend 2012 trying to defend their wins in the state legislature and begin the process of running against Dayton and Franken in 2014, rather than try to seriously challenge Sen. Klobuchar. 

It wouldn’t surprise me if a serious candidate did step forward late though.  I’m thinking somebody like a Cong. John Kline.  He could use 2012 as a stepping stone to try and defeat Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

Coming Soon – The (MNGOP) Anointed One

When I made a joke a few months ago about the Republican candidate being the “anointed one,” I was only half joking.  It often seems that major Republican candidates are not selected in a democratic manner.  Rather, they seem to be chosen or agreed upon by the party leaders.  Mayor Norm Coleman had an eye on the governor’s mansion and, from what I have heard, State Senate Minority Leader Tim Pawlenty had an eye on the U.S. Senate.  Then something happened (rumors are Dick Cheney was involved), and Norm ran for senator and T-Paw ran for governor without serious opposition.
The last few weeks had me thinking that maybe I was wrong about the Republicans.  There are a dozen or so GOP gubernatorial candidates, and, so far, none of them has huge name recognition.  I thought, “Great — maybe there will actually be a fight in the GOP that rivals the normal process in the DFL.”

Then I read this, posted on “Captol Chatter.” 

GOP stops half-done Farmfest poll

Minnesota Republicans stopped a straw poll for governor halfway through the annual Farmfest event this week.

“A straw poll was started but stopped because the state chair had not authorized it,” state Republican spokesman Mark Drake said. “We didn’t want to take attention away from our sanctioned state convention poll in October.”

Governor candidate state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall, who grew up near the southwestern Minnesota farm event, said he was told the poll was halted ‘apparently because it favored me. … They felt there was too much bias in favor of me.’

The straw poll was being conducted in the GOP’s Farmfest booth. Results of the aborted poll were not released.

Republicans plan a rare non-election year convention on Oct. 3, with one of the main draws being a governor’s race straw poll. About a dozen Republicans are running.”

Typical.  The Republican leadership does not want the Farmfest masses to support a candidate not of their choosing.  Instead, the Republican leadership will select a candidate and tell their “Sam’s Club Republicans” who they should vote for.
I’m back to believing that the “anointed one” is coming.  I expect to hear about it around Oct. 3.

The Great Hurrican Gustave – RNC Debate

There is this debate going on about why President Bush is so concerned about New Orleans this time when a hurricane is going to hit. I read one comment that said it was the Democrats who screwed up last time, another who blamed the residents, and third that said only Republicans know how to handle a crisis.

Those commentators are forgetting that despite the faults in the pre-hurricane preparedness, when the state failed, the federal government needed to step up but it didn’t. I don’t expect President Bush to get in a helicopter and pick people up off of roofs himself, but when he cancels a speech at the RNC out of concern for a city, which before he had told “Brownie” he was doing a great job of letting people die in chaos, it seems a little disingenuous and political.

One person who claimed he was a Republican said Bush and Cheney would only hurt McCain’s election chances if they were part of the convention, so he was glad they were not going to be there. I think he is right. The media might be making Hurricane Gustav bigger than it should be because as 21st century Americans, the best thing we seem to do is react after an event. Katrina wasn’t the first, you can include everything form 9/11 and terrorism, to how we deal with drugs, our education system, or our response to the 35W bridge collapse. We spend too many resources trying to rebuild something once it is broken, rather than reform, repair, or reorganize.

I do believe this is political. The RNC is “scaling things back” out of respect for those affected by the hurricane, however, with President Bush’s approval rating still in the twenties, and Cheney’s even lower, it really only helps McCain to shorten the convention. Add that to the fact that the DNC was a smash hit for those on the left and for independents. It would be really hard for RNC to compete against that electric event with headline speakers like Bush, Cheney, Joe Lieberman, Rudy Guiliani, Norm Coleman and Fred Thompson, wait let me rest, I’m getting bored just writing their names.

Despite my criticism, I think McCain is doing the right thing from a political standpoint. The Obama acceptance speech is fresh in the minds of independent voters, and responses were very high among that group. McCain’s speaking style and message will not resonate as much, so instead, he can demonstrate his leadership abilities compared to President Bush by taking charge of an event that the media is driving so hard.

By the way, I have to think George Bush’s approval rating has to be going up, I loved the fact that he hung out at the Olympics and relaxed and enjoyed himself, of course I guess that is what he does best.

Way to go Norm Coleman, who needs renewable energy?

This is one of three blog headline Featured on the front page of Norm Coleman’s website

“Norm Coleman: Fighting To End Our Addiction To Foreign Oil”

Of course yesterday, he voted to block the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 in order to protect a tax loophole for hedge fund managers and a tax break for multi-national corporations. That doesn’t sound like he wants to end our addiction to oil.

That bill would have encouraged investment in renewable energy technology, extended the research and development tax credit, and provided middle-class families with some much-needed tax relief.

Way to go Norm!