Posted: 10/31/12 13:26, Edited: 04/24/13 15:28
by Dave Mindeman
In what is sure to be a widely discussed blog post from Michael Brodkorb, the ex-GOP operative expounds upon the state of the Republican Party in Minnesota. He calls it - "My Republican Friends, The System is Broken
Well, he should know....he broke it.
The Sutton-Brodkorb leadership team were the officers in charge during the upheaval that led to a House and Senate takeover but a sweeping loss of Constitutional statewide offices.
He wants his Republican "friends" to pause and reflect....As Republicans gather to volunteer at campaign offices this week in one final push for our endorsed candidates, I?m hoping the timing of this post will encourage Republicans to take just a few minutes to think about our party and how it can be a successful statewide party for generations to come. I believe the Republican Party in Minnesota will have many successes next Tuesday, but the defeats our party will face, specifically in the election for the U.S. Senate, will be too great for us to ignore.
It is more than just a little bit ironic that Brodkorb should talk about this because he encouraged and helped promote the type of lock step politics that lead to this candidate upheaval. The blasting of the Override Six; the Emmer insurgence against Marty Seifert; the outcast status of moderates like Tom Horner and Arne Carlson; the Tea Party primary challenges; the depleting the GOP Party bank. Brodkorb was there - and he didn't just watch.
And, indirectly, he acknowledges the intentional loss of the "big tent" party doctrine....One organizational advantage I see the Minnesota DFL has over the Republican Party of Minnesota is the cohesiveness between Democrats of different generations. All political families have disagreements, but I?ve notice over the last few years how Republicans have repeatedly cast aside those Republicans who have fallen out of favor because of policy positions. We have kicked our party elders to the curb.
I have to chuckle at the comment about "organizational advantage" he sees for the DFL. It only looks better because the GOP situation is so bad.
But Brodkorb, himself, is as responsible for casting aside those party elders as anyone. The hard core conservative takeover was promoted by Brodkorb. The likes of Horner, Carlson, Durenberger, Jennings, Ramstad....they have become dinosaurs in this new GOP. And the likes of Pawlenty and Coleman adapted to the new order in order to survive.
Brodkorb oversaw a party that began a hard evolution. They repudidated climate change. Villified immigrants. Delcared compromise unusable. Took taxes completely off the table.
This party allowed Michele Bachmann to rise ascendant. Allowed the Ron Paul faction to dominate. And gave the likes of Alan Quist and Mike Parry a platform for craziness.
It is almost like Brodkorb has promoted himself to the position of party "elder", so that he can expound on the philosophical aspects of going forward.....without acknowledging his complicity with the problem.
Brodkorb is in a long process of remaking his image. His "messaging" relates to himself as much as to the party.
I will be curious to see how many Republican "friends" he has left. And if any of them will take the advice of change from one who took them down this road in the first place.