Posted: 11/07/12 19:06
by Dave Mindeman
Republicans in Minnesota are in a constant state of denial.
Zellers and Dean gave a news conference in which they claim they cannot understand how they could have lost on Tuesday. It all escapes them, the voters were either misinformed, duped, lied to, or possibly just stupid.
Here are some of the rejoinders....
?If you?re the owner of a business, look forward to higher taxes,? said Zellers.
You just lost both Houses of the legislature and you are still going back to talking points?
Republican leaders claimed they were outspent.
When you bankrupt your state party with financial malfeasance...yeah, there is a chance you would be outspent.
?We don?t have fat-cat donors,? said Zellers, who announced that he would not be seeking a minority leadership position.
That was pretty much a delusional statement.
Zellers and Dean claimed that the DFL candidates really didn?t campaign on how they?ll govern. ?They had a message of running against us,? said Zellers.
I don't know how many times the Democrats have to say we need a balanced approach before Republicans get the translation. And of course, they were running against you....who were you running against, Mr. Zellers?
So what happened?
?It?s up to a lot of college professors [to explain the election outcome],? Zellers said. ?They have to justify their big salaries.?
Maybe you'd better listen to them, Mr. Zellers....because eventually you will have to figure this out.
Zellers repeatedly said the amendments weren?t ?our message.? The GOP campaign message he said was balancing the budget without raising taxes and in making the Minnesota business climate more competitive.
So, why then, did you put gay marriage and voter ID front and center? No one else put them there. You did...the GOP did.
That news conference was just one more point that proves the GOP was never fit to govern. Politics always trumped policy.
And now we know, there is a price to pay for that.