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Minnesota's Top 10: Worst Political Persons in the State!!!!

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 12/26/06 18:11, Edited: 12/26/06 18:14

by Dave Mindeman

With apologies to Keith Olbermann, I am going to embark on my own personal end of the year list of the "worst" persons in Minnesota Politics. We have an All-Star line-up this year....and feel free to nominate your own. Politics in Minnesota can really be a strange brew and the players listed below have stirred up the pot...considerably.

#10 -- Bob Perry: (OK, so he is not really from Minnesota...but of course we didn't know who was behind this PAC until well after the election)... Alright, I have a half million dollars just laying around. What should I do with it? Oh, I know... I'll dump it into a Governor's race in a state I don't care about and want nothing to do with...so I can make sure a Democratic governor candidate can't mess with business. And, if I time it right, they won't know where it came from until well after the election. Don't mess with Texas!

#9 -- Tim Pawlenty: This is the GOP governor who said at his endorsing convention, "Now I know I may not be in some of your wildest dreams but I can tell you what your worst nightmare is," Pawlenty told delegates at his party's state convention. "It's one of the big spendin', tax raisin', abortion promotin', gay marriage embracin', more-welfare-without-accountability lovin', school-reform resistin', illegal-immigration supportin' Democrats for governor who think Hillary Clinton should be president of the United States." After all that chest thumpin' talk, the "new, I almost got beat" Pawlenty takes abortion and gay marriage off the table.... tax pledges are out; new budget priorities are in; health care spending is also in; education spending overrides reform; and illegal immigration measures will be shoved to the side to keep McCain happy. The only thing left on that diatribe that still operates is that he won't endorse Hillary Clinton for President......and that's only because he thinks he'll be on the GOP ticket against her. This guy takes 47% opportunism to new heights....

#8 -- Alan Fine: Fine's presence on this list can be summed up in his opening salvo against Keith Ellison: "I'm personally offended that this person is a candidate for U.S. Congress. He is unfit to represent the voters of the Fifth District. ... He is the follower of a known racist, Louis Farrakhan ... a person who believes that the white man is the anti-Christ, a person who believes that Jews are the scourge of the Earth. ... His selection is an embarrassment to our district, our state, our country and our world". Now exactly who was the embarrassment here? and guess who won?

#7 -- Rep. Mark Olson: The only reason he isn't higher on the list is that we have no conviction...(yet)...on his domestic assault charge. The logical thing that would have made the most sense in this bizarre circumstance, would be for him to offer a resignation or, at the very least, take a leave of absence while all this shakes out. Rep. Olson apparently thinks he can weather the storm even when his Republican cohorts give him a no confidence vote. What will he call his caucus of one? The Lonely Guy Caucus?

#6 -- Michele Bachmann: Where do we begin? I know it is hard to believe that someone who has God's stamp of approval can be on this list, but I'm doing it anyway. Don't pity this "fool" for Christ. She is an armed and dangerous Christian soldier. She has devoted herself to be the last line of defense against "gay marriage" and for the 3 day Congressional work week. Michele plans to take the 110th Congress by storm. Anyone taking bets on how long it will take her to say something truly assinine? Anyone?

# 5 -- John Kline: Kline is rapidly developing a reputation as THE nastiest campaigner in the country. Not only did he run negative ads against his opponent... he ran negative ads against his opponents campaign staff, her volunteers, her dog, her friends, her associates, next of kin, her plumber, and the guy who reads her water meter. We need to slap a Mr. YUK! sticker on this guy.

#4 -- Mary Kiffmeyer: Her quest for welding the Constitution and the Ten Commandments together has been temporarily derailed. Her defeat at the hands of Mark Ritchie was no fault of her own, of course, and the partisanship she always displayed was simply all in how you look at it. As she rants about how badly she has been treated, both by her predecessor and successor, you have to wonder how she will ever get a fair shake. But she is certainly looking ahead, as she has Michael Brodkorb tagging along to snakebite anybody who dares cross her. Maybe she should have been one of those tabloid journalists -- they take hyberbole like hers seriously.

#3 -- Local Political News Media: Collectively, (there are a few exceptions....very few), the political reporters in the Metro are the laziest, least inquisitive, and downright gullible group of any large metropolitan area news corps in the country. You never see any digging to get out in front of stories. They simply wait for bloggers to introduce some slanderous accusation... or an unsubstantiated campaign flyer to come out of one of the campaigns... or something thrown at them off of YouTube, before they pick up on something. And even then, they don't check the background... they simply regurgitate what's tossed out there. The Star Tribune's reporters stay in Washington, DC; the Pioneer Press' group stays in St. Paul, the Star Tribune Regional papers don't cover politics at all, and the ThisWeek papers pretty much stick to school district complaints..... The local television media has few political programs... outside of the right slanted, Stanley Hubbard sponsored, "At Issue" and the softball stuff on Almanac. On the radio, Air America and KSTP offer only one extreme or the other.... and the blogs are essentially becoming hatchet jobs for one campaign or the other. Outside of MPR, its tough to get the facts.

#2 -- Norm Coleman: It is hard to imagine anyone who can shift positions faster than Normy. The guy who claimed he was a 99% improvement on Paul Wellstone should change that to being a "180 degree turnabout from Paul Wellstone". Where Wellstone was consistent, Norm is completely inconsistent. Where Wellstone worked for the "little fella", Norm works for the biggest kid on the block. Where Wellstone would speak truth to power, Norm acts as spokesperson for whoever has the power. Where Wellstone took responsibility for his mistakes, Norm blames the nearest lackey. Norm Coleman, the guy who criticized John Kerry for being a flip-flopper, will be taking his sandals in triple X size.

#1 -- Michael Brodkorb: My 2006 worst person in Minnesota has redefined the Minnesota blog-o-sphere. Blogs used to be a genuine discussion of events and positions; they admittedly have slanted points of view, but that's usually not hidden from the reader-- they editorialize but don't pretend to be giving "hard" news....however, thanks to Brodkorb, blogs are rapidly becoming just another arm of political campaigns; operated by former campaign staffers and political hacks and working to influence or manipulate the mainstream media in any manner they can. It has gotten so out of hand, that Mary Kiffmeyer invites Brodkorb to a transition meeting with newly elected Mark Ritchie....for purposes only apparent to Kiffmeyer herself.... but we know Brodkorb's agenda is to simply "hatchet" another Democrat. To be fair, Brodkorb isn't the only one that has lowered the bar for political discourse. There are plenty on the left that are all too willing to take up the gauntlet. But Brodkorb envisions himself as some kind of "investigative" reporter.... with little or no regard for both sides of the issue and even less for factual content. He only looks for the negative... and only items that expose political "opponents". His news flashes are one-sided and distorted as much as possible. But given all that, Brodkorb might be simply ranting in obscurity if not for the local media's willing obsession to pick up the "negative" story, at the expense of examining issue content. Politics has been reduced to the lowest common denominator....thanks, partially, to Michael Brodkorb--- Minnesota's Worst Person in the State!
comments (12) permalink
paul Bartlett
12/29/06 09:30
For those of you who missed Tim O'Brien's Strib comlumn, read it. He nailed Brodkorb as a mud slinging jackass.
12/28/06 09:18
You forgot to mention the danger Michele Bachmann poses to women's reproductive rights. She comes from an anti choice family and is a dedicated social conservative.
And, shame on her for hiding in the bushes from gay activists at our local capitol and running out from a bathroom, screaming, pretending as if she was in danger, but really was avoiding a casual question from a local constituent at a Scandia town hall meeting. Maybe, she should be evaluated by a credited psyciatrist and not rely on her husbands expertise..."I'm just saying..." Good Day;-)
12/27/06 15:07
Brodkorb - unlike, say "Minnesota Monitor" - honestly and completely disclosed his financial support. One is free to make up one's own mind.

The nature and purpose of blogging haven't changed one iota because of Brodkorb. He just does it better than any of his critics.
12/27/06 14:14
Boy...you sure love opposing view points, don't you. What ever happened to the liberal mantra of diversity and tolerance at all costs?

Master of None
12/27/06 12:14
Or maybe Mike Hatch?
12/27/06 11:51
For a little balance, surely you could find room for Matt Entenza on there couldn't you?
12/27/06 10:26
Worst person that's effective, seems more like it. There are far bigger asses in politics. There are many backstabbing SOBs across the region as well. Brodkorb takes all of that to another level because he has been able to exploit the #3 offender on the list. The moment the Strib and political camps start giving a legit flavor to MDE, that was the downfall.

Brodkorb has benefitted with both money and influence this political season by kicking the life out of the Democrats. If he wasn't married already, I'd introduce him to Anne Coulter. Perfect couple.
12/27/06 10:21
"There are plenty on the left that are all too willing to take up the gauntlet. "

Yet, amazingly, none of them make your top 10 list. Why is that?
12/27/06 09:18
With these comments, aren't you doing the exact same thing you're criticizing Michael Brodkorb of doing? Granted, his site has thousands more viewers, but nevertheless.
12/26/06 22:06
And yet you are giving MB a ton of free press. It isn't MB who has made blogs and political discourse so bad - it is the people who continue to read him and reference him.

Why not do the Top Ten Best People in Politics - go for the postive instead of the negative.
12/26/06 21:52
Minnesota Campaign Report does a nice job of trying to maintain balance. Joe's obviously a democrat and does have his preferences when it comes to candidates. However, he really doesn't take anything at face value and he lets you know upfront where those preferences lie.
12/26/06 21:45
Come on, the worst political person in the entire state of Minnesota? How about just Dakota County?


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