The Minnesota Loon

Oct 15

Today, KSTP released a SurveyUSA poll of Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District showing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann leading hotelier Jim Graves by 9 points.
What I found most interesting about the poll is that Mitt Romney leads President Obama 53-36 in the Sixth. Mitt Romney more popular than Michele Bachmann?
But, upon further investigation, I learned that Michele Bachmann also underperformed the Republican presidential candidate in her district 4 years ago. In 2008, Bachmann won CD6 46.4-43.4 while John McCain won CD6 53-45.
There is a margin of error of ±4.1% in the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

Today, KSTP released a SurveyUSA poll of Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District showing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann leading hotelier Jim Graves by 9 points.

What I found most interesting about the poll is that Mitt Romney leads President Obama 53-36 in the Sixth. Mitt Romney more popular than Michele Bachmann?

But, upon further investigation, I learned that Michele Bachmann also underperformed the Republican presidential candidate in her district 4 years ago. In 2008, Bachmann won CD6 46.4-43.4 while John McCain won CD6 53-45.

There is a margin of error of ±4.1% in the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.

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Oct 03

Minnesota’s 8th District nation's fourth most expensive House race -

$3.3 million have been spent to win Northeastern Minnesota.

There are nine Democratic groups battering GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack on the airwaves in Minnesota’s Iron Range – an indication of the size of the target on his back.

Cravaack, a freshman lawmaker, faces the tough proposition of running for reelection in a district that favors Democrats. That’s attracted a team of outside groups, which have combined to shell out more than $2 million – far outpacing the Republicans who are coming to Cravaack’s rescue.

As much fun as it was to witness Chip’s surprise victory two years ago; it will be far more satisfying to see him hold on to the historically DFL seat defensively.

My favorite thing about Rick Nolan attack ads are the newspaper and magazine citations from before I was born.
1976? That was a thing?

My favorite thing about Rick Nolan attack ads are the newspaper and magazine citations from before I was born.

1976? That was a thing?

I thought this election was going to be about the economy. I thought this election was going to be about foreign policy. I thought this election was going to be about records.
Boy, am I a naïve idiot.
I should have known this election was going to be fought with ever escalating October surprises.
Mitt Romney tells his supporters who he considers the dependent. Barack Obama tells his supporters what he thinks motivated the slow Hurricane Katrina reconstruction.
Now that it’s the future, there are no private moments. Every phone is broadcasting to the world. Elections are now about recording a candidate long enough until they tell you what they really think.
This new era of campaigning is probably going to need a new kind of candidate: one doesn’t believe something else behind the scenes. But I don’t believe we’ll ever get that kind of candidate. Candidates are human and humans are flawed. And people will always try to hide their flaws, whether they are embarrassing or not.
I was expecting a campaign of jobs numbers, gas prices, entitlement reforms, and international relations. I forget that October is about finding flaws.
The moment that jarred me the most during this presidential campaign was from two weeks ago. The terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four diplomats was quickly forgotten because Mitt Romney said something stupid.
MSNBC is still running the “47 precent” video. Now Fox News has their embarrassing video of Obama they can play on a loop.
I thought RomneyCare and ObamaCare would finally get us talking about entitlement reform. I thought that Fast and Furious would make us think about what the federal government does in our name. I honestly thought that the Benghazi attacks would finally force us to question using diplomacy to fight terrorism.
Oops. We’ll get back to that later. A candidate said something stupid.

I thought this election was going to be about the economy. I thought this election was going to be about foreign policy. I thought this election was going to be about records.

Boy, am I a naïve idiot.

I should have known this election was going to be fought with ever escalating October surprises.

Mitt Romney tells his supporters who he considers the dependent. Barack Obama tells his supporters what he thinks motivated the slow Hurricane Katrina reconstruction.

Now that it’s the future, there are no private moments. Every phone is broadcasting to the world. Elections are now about recording a candidate long enough until they tell you what they really think.

This new era of campaigning is probably going to need a new kind of candidate: one doesn’t believe something else behind the scenes. But I don’t believe we’ll ever get that kind of candidate. Candidates are human and humans are flawed. And people will always try to hide their flaws, whether they are embarrassing or not.

I was expecting a campaign of jobs numbers, gas prices, entitlement reforms, and international relations. I forget that October is about finding flaws.

The moment that jarred me the most during this presidential campaign was from two weeks ago. The terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four diplomats was quickly forgotten because Mitt Romney said something stupid.

MSNBC is still running the “47 precent” video. Now Fox News has their embarrassing video of Obama they can play on a loop.

I thought RomneyCare and ObamaCare would finally get us talking about entitlement reform. I thought that Fast and Furious would make us think about what the federal government does in our name. I honestly thought that the Benghazi attacks would finally force us to question using diplomacy to fight terrorism.

Oops. We’ll get back to that later. A candidate said something stupid.

Aug 11

After getting this tweet, I couldn’t help myself in Photoshop.

@benjaminkruse So do the Romney-Tpaw ads go to Africa a la the Vikings NFC Champions ‘99, ‘10 apparel?
— George Damian (@GeorgeD_87) August 11, 2012
Sorry, Governor Pawlenty.

After getting this tweet, I couldn’t help myself in Photoshop.

@benjaminkruse So do the Romney-Tpaw ads go to Africa a la the Vikings NFC Champions ‘99, ‘10 apparel?

— George Damian (@GeorgeD_87) August 11, 2012

Sorry, Governor Pawlenty.

Aug 10

Is this chartered flight from Boston to Janesville, WI a sign that Mitt Romney is picking Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate?
It’s possible. Ryan is in Oak Creek, WI for a Sikh Temple victims memorial, but will Ryan be on this plane when it eventually takes off?
Looking at the flight history, the Raytheon Hawker 800 Jet looks like it’s based at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport and registered in Monroe, WI. This morning was also the first time the plane has been in Boston for at least 4 months.
Internet gumshoes love scrounging for evidence in advance of a VP announcement. In 2004, John Kerry’s VP pick was leaked by someone who saw the logo being placed on the plane posting on an aviation forum.
Once the name is announced, the fun is over, so enjoy the next few days or hours of speculation.
Update: Tagg Romney tweeted this morning that he traveled to Wisconsin “to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community”.

Is this chartered flight from Boston to Janesville, WI a sign that Mitt Romney is picking Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate?

It’s possible. Ryan is in Oak Creek, WI for a Sikh Temple victims memorial, but will Ryan be on this plane when it eventually takes off?

Looking at the flight history, the Raytheon Hawker 800 Jet looks like it’s based at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport and registered in Monroe, WI. This morning was also the first time the plane has been in Boston for at least 4 months.

Internet gumshoes love scrounging for evidence in advance of a VP announcement. In 2004, John Kerry’s VP pick was leaked by someone who saw the logo being placed on the plane posting on an aviation forum.

Once the name is announced, the fun is over, so enjoy the next few days or hours of speculation.

Update: Tagg Romney tweeted this morning that he traveled to Wisconsin “to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community”.

Aug 09

I just wanted to see what Tim’s name would look like next to Mitt’s; I doubt Pawlenty will get the nod.
Typographically, longer surnames are better for VP picks. It would be hard to set “Ryan” or “Rice” underneath “Romney” and not be the same type size.

I just wanted to see what Tim’s name would look like next to Mitt’s; I doubt Pawlenty will get the nod.

Typographically, longer surnames are better for VP picks. It would be hard to set “Ryan” or “Rice” underneath “Romney” and not be the same type size.

May 30

No Opportunity Without Unity

Less than two weeks ago, Minnesota Republicans endorsed Kurt Bills to run for U.S. Senate. Last night, Mitt Romney crossed the magic number of 1,144 delegates to clinch the Republican Nomination for president.

Now should be the time for unity for Republicans, but some activists’ call for unity behind one candidate comes with a hypocritical attack of the other candidate.

Get behind Bills, but I won’t vote for Romney.

You must support Romney, but Bills is a grave mistake.

Both kinds of activists are wrong. You support BOTH Bills and Romney. If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t have joined the Republican party in the first place.

But, Ben, aren’t I allowed to have an opinion?

I’ll answer with a sports analogy. Would Joe Mauer publicly criticize Ron Gardenhire? Of course not.

It’s not the preseason anymore. We are in the middle of the GOP vs. DFL game. We should be complaining about how bad Barack Obama and Amy Klobuchar are.

Why is there so much post-endorsement armchair quarterbacking from these detracting activists? (DETRACTIVISTS!) The desire to be the first to say ”I told you so.” If you would have only listened to me!

It’s no longer enough to show up and do. Many activists now only want the Party on their terms. I’ve been volunteering for years, why is no one listening to me?! The people making the decisions should be the people who put in the time! Why wasn’t I consulted?!

That’s not how the game works. The decisions are made by who brings the most people. If you don’t like how the Saint Cloud convention ended, your mistake was not organizing before the February Caucuses.

Are Romney and Bills perfect? Of course not; no candidate is. Will Romney and Bills make mistakes? Of course they will; all candidates do. Will Romney and Bills win? Maybe, maybe not.

What’s the goal? To win an election or to prove you were right all along? Standing on the sideline complaining that this isn’t the way I would have done it doesn’t move the ball forward.

Everyone has ideas. Everyone has a plan.

I’m sick of ideas. I’m sick of plans. Now is the time for action.

May 18


Kurt Bills is the Republican endorsed candidate to run against Senator Amy Klobuchar.
MnGOP State Convention U.S. Senate Race Second Ballot
Needed 1,266 (60%)Kurt Bills 1,353 (53.16%)Dan Severson 439 (20.82%)Pete Hegseth 316 (14.98%)

Kurt Bills is the Republican endorsed candidate to run against Senator Amy Klobuchar.

MnGOP State Convention U.S. Senate Race Second Ballot

Needed 1,266 (60%)
Kurt Bills
1,353 (53.16%)
Dan Severson 439 (20.82%)
Pete Hegseth 316 (14.98%)