11 thoughts on “Tom Emmer: The Right’s Paul Wellstone?

  1. Joe Loveland says:

    A couple Pew Research Center findings that may not bode well for Emmer:

    …about as many (Americans) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported the recently passed health care law (39%) as less likely to favor such a candidate (35%); 22% say a candidate’s stance on health care legislation will make no difference.”
    A substantial minority (42%) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who will make compromises with people they disagree with; only about half as many (22%) say they would be less likely to back a candidate willing to compromise, while 29% say it will make no difference. But there is a wide partisan divide. More than twice as many Republicans (40%) as Democrats (19%) or independents (15%) say they would be less willing to favor a candidate willing to compromise.

  2. Newt says:

    It’s a dead give-away of the professional candidate when he avoids pointing with a finger, using instead the creepy thumb on top of the index finger. It’s what political handlers teach.

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Newt, my friend, you are a tough audience. It’s not enough for you that Mr. Emmer is the most conservative major party guber nominee in the history of Minnesota? Pointing technique is a litmus test too?

  3. john sherman says:

    This argument makes sense only in a world where optics are everything, i.e., the world of the modern media. What it ignores is that Wellstone began first by–oh, horrors on the right–community organizing with power line opponents in rural southern MN. He ran unsuccessfully for Auditor and went all around the state meeting people. When he finally ran for Senate he had contacts all over the state who would invite a few dozen people over to their houses to meet him.

    If you spent a couple of hours in somebody’s living room talking with Wellstone, you would have voted for him for the next opening in the Trinity, let alone the Senate. Emmer may have this capacity, but it doesn’t seem that he’s had the opportunity to develop it.

    And Wellstone was a genuinely decent human being, as the outpouring of grief at his death from even his political adversaries showed.

  4. Newt says:

    Joe – when are you going to blog on the bold Entenza move – appointing Robyne Robinson as LG running mate?

    He went from stiff old white dude to DFL frontrunner in 24 hours!

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      She’s alright, but I’m reserving judgement until I can see her pointing technique.

  5. PM says:

    Newt: Why is it that Republicans seem to think that having been a newscaster/personality somehow is an adequate prerequisite for elected office?


    1. john sherman says:

      And Republicans, like Palin, go the other direction. Then there’s that whole crowd of speech writers from the Bush administration who either ended up on the Washington Post op-ed page or on cable semi-news. If we have a “liberal media,” why are there some many conservatives and so few liberals in it?

      I will say this for Palin, it was a good career move; the chances of making $12 million in politics, even crooked politics is about nil.

    2. PM says:

      I was thinking of that former senator from MN—What was his name? A newscaster on TV? or that guy from California who became President? Weren’t they both Repub;licans?

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