Posted: 02/07/13 16:16
by Dave Mindeman
In Gov. Mark Dayton's State of the State address last night, the reporters said they were surprised. Surprised by the outline of progressive views. Surprised by the forceful promotion of gay marriage rights. Surprised by the Governor's broad based siding with environmental protection.
Although Gov. Dayton is often more practically described as "pragmatic", he is still, deep in his soul, a Wellstone progressive. It seemed like last night's speech gave us his personal reminder of where he stands, deep down inside.
It was reassuring to hear. It was great to see the press "surprised". Too often all we have been getting for sound bites are the dour Republican ideas of the slashing and burning of government.
This governor believes in good government. In investing as a means of economic growth. Of a real, honest to goodness future vision.
Now that this moment has passed, we will all get back to the not so glamorous, sausage factory methodology of grinding out legislation.
Governor Dayton's vision may get somewhat clouded in the grime of the legislative process. And that's OK. Governor Dayton has been in the trenches long enough to know the goal is more like a zigzag line than a straight one.
But at least for one night, vision won out. The ideas of what is possible were stressed and highlighted and glorified.
We all need to hear that once in awhile.