Posted: 04/10/14 16:43, Edited: 04/10/14 16:44
by Dave Mindeman
The Republican establishment wants to defeat Sen. Al Franken badly. And those same establishment Republicans knew that the MN state party has been in horrible financial shape.
It has been clear that they feel the only real hope to compete for this seat in 2014 was to bring in a deep pockets financial guy to push through to the nomination.
Enter Mike McFadden....a rich guy, a willing GOP donor, but a political neophyte with a zero track record on policy. In a way, the establishment was hoping this would also be a plus, since anti-government sentiment is also very high in Republican base circles.
But, given all that, there is one slight oversight in getting what they needed.
They forgot about competence.
McFadden called a news conference today - a rare occurrence for the McFadden campaign - in order to trash the one Republican issue of 2014 - Obamacare.
Unfortunately, as often happens at a press conference, reporters started asking questions on other subjects.....
McFadden would not say whether Minnesota should have used the federal exchange rather than creating its own.
He also refused to say whether he would have voted to block debate in the U.S. Senate on pay equity for women.
McFadden also refused to give a yes or no answer on whether he supports what's called "personhood" legislation, which considers a fertilized egg to be a person from the moment of conception. Many of the other Republicans in the race say they support that.
McFadden also declined to weigh in on legislative efforts this week to increase Minnesota's minimum wage.
Some of the other Republicans in the Senate contest accuse McFadden of skirting issues. Asked about his refusal to get specific, McFadden suggested specifics are not important.
When you are at a press conference "refused to say" and "declined to answer" are not things you like to see in the report.
And when he explained his idea that "specifics are not important", he ended with this....
"What I think is really important with politicians and with leaders [is] you understand their overriding philosophies -- how do they make decisions?" said McFadden. "And so I've been very specific in this campaign as to how I make decisions."
So if I understand that correctly, we can rest assured that McFadden's overriding decision making philosophy on answering questions is to never actually give an answer.
Does the MN Republican establishment actually think that's a good thing?