7 thoughts on “As The Horn-O-Meter Turns

  1. Dennis Lang says:

    Man, front-row seats to the rapidly unfolding human drama–and the self-sacrifice to make it possible. Kudos to the Horn-O-Meter and its fearless operators. Admirable!

  2. Dennis McGrath says:

    Had lunch today with a good friend, community leader and enlightened liberal Republican. He and his pals in Wayzata, White Bear and St. Paul, among other places, have caught Horner fever. They think if Horner can catch on with voters beyond the cognescenti like them, especially in the swing districts, he can do it yet. I don’t think they’re right but it could happen. Where are the young people?

  3. Allison Sandve says:

    An interesting post from Dennis McGrath. I’m having the same experience except it tends to go the other way: Friends who usually vote for Democrats are getting behind Tom Horner. Lots of reasons for that, but what I am hearing again and again is that we’ve heard too many times from candidates who promise “painless” solutions. But when the state is $6 B in the hole, “painless” solutions sound like snake oil. The candidate who tells us we’re all in it together, it’s not going to be easy, but it’s ultimately doable with shared sacrifice … that’s the one who is resonating with voters across the spectrum. That’s why Horner can win.

  4. PM says:

    Some of my serious R friends (including those with whom I attended that Emmer Fundraiser) are thinking that Emmer doesn’t stand a chance. Of course, they hate Dayton with a passion, and are telling me all sorts of evil things about Dayton, particularly that all of the Hatch people from 4 years ago are all lined up and ready to man a Dayton Administration (talk about dirty tricks! who starts these ridiculous rumors anyway?)

    It seems as if no one on either side is happy with the choices they have, but they are all playing it close to the vest, and are more scared of the opposing candidate than they are of their candidate (but scared they are nonetheless), so it is really a great big game of chicken and Horner seems like everyones first choice except that they really don’t know that–they don’t want to waste their vote on their first choice because they aren;’t sure that they can win with their first choice.

    Sort of like the economic situation–everyone is scared and fearful so they are playing it safe and not spending, because they are m ore afraid of everything going down the tubes completely, even though they think/know/hope that that is pretty damn unlikely…but still…maybe better with the devil you know than the even worse devil you are certain would be a disaster, and the kind of boring guy who has the best ideas by far seems like something too good to be true with no chance of success just doesn;t seem to be worth wasting a vote on…..

    Shit, I’m voting for Horner.

  5. Joe Loveland says:

    These folks are the kinds of people that I thought Horner would always get — highly engaged moderates. To get the less engaged and less moderate voters that Jesse got, it’s going to take provocative ads that push their “throw all the bums out” buttons. Horner won’t convince the next 20-25% by just sounding smart at sparsely attended issue forums. Like Jesse, he’ll need great closing ads.

    On another issue, ordinarily all of this weekend’s visibility about Horner pushing public funding for a Vikings stadium ordinarily would have hurt him as a candidate. After all, the polls still show overwhelming opposition to public money for stadia. But with Emmer and Dayton also supporting a stadium package of some type, Horner can’t get hit with this as hard as he would have. Horner’s support of public support of a stadium is another example that Horner is no Ventura. Jesse would have demagogued the anti-stadium angle to his advantage, but Horner is holding a public finance seminar on the issue.

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