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MN GOP Got Outspent In Election - Play The Violins

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/20/12 22:26

by Dave Mindeman

There is a lot of dripping irony as the Republicans cry foul on the money spent in the last election. Minnpost's Cyndy Brucato gives us the story.....

The complaints come from both sides, but the howls over negative campaign ads are louder this year from Republicans, who were outspent two-to-one by groups aligned with the DFL.

Democrats did have a monetary advantage, but as for negativity....I still have a stack of negative flyers from 2010 that led to the defeat of 1st term Democratic legislator, Shelley Madore, in my own district. This is not a tactic that is unfamiliar to Republicans...not in the least.

Minnesota Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for this year's debacle. Democrats may have had a well oiled third party in Alliance for a Better Minnesota, but it is not like the GOP didn't have its own groups working third party contributions as well. The Chamber of Commerce and other business coalitions have been supporting GOP legislators for years. The only difference this time around is that the State Party wasn't able to add to the mix because they bankrupted their coffers with bad fiscal management.

So now, they whine about how unfair it all is....when the reality is they are just getting a sample of their own tactics.

But, it is also about time that the Minnesota GOP Party start to acknowledge another dose of reality. It wasn't just the money. No sir. They had a bad message, a bad strategy, and bad governance.

For Democrats to win so convincingly wasn't just a monetary advantage; it was a message advantage. Couple that with the absolutely horrible political tactic of pushing the two amendments and you get a pretty convincing formula for defeat.

There are a lot of excuses floating around out there. Multilple theories and multiple reasons. But the GOP had better look deeper in regards to this self-examination.

Voters need more than political excuses.
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