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February 09, 2005

Draft David! And Garrison!

In Minnesota, Mark Dayton has decided not to run for another seat, making the 2006 map considerably harder than it was yesterday. On the other hand, I've long heard rumors that Paul Wellstone's son David wants to run for the Senate. The word on him is good and his father's legacy would make him a formidable challenger. Maybe it's time to dust off the green bus? Or register http://www.draftdavid.com? In addition, Garrison Keiller rumblings have begun, and anybody who's read his excellent book, Homegrown Democrat, knows he's a genius with framing and more than able to offhandedly ridicule and marginalize his hapless opponents. For instance, have any of your non-Obama candidates sounded this good lately?

Medicare says that even though you're not working and may need special help with the ordinary business of life, you have value in this society. This is a Democratic idea. Be a howling right-winger if it gives you pleasure, but nonetheless milk comes from cows and Medicare comes from Democrats.

Maybe this won't be so bad after all.

Update: Here's another idea.

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Keilor woud be an easy sell to the Party, but a tough sell to the state. MN is notorious for having well funded vanity candidates skip the endorsemnt process and go straight to the primaries.

Neither Mark or David Wellstone, based on some inside info I am privvy to, were not interested in the Senate, but that is not to say one of them hasn't reconsidered. I am looking into that. However, they both have moved out of the state, so it would be a re-tooling of their living arrangments.

I would like to see former Congressman Bill Luther run. He is a lifelong progressive, with Moderate credentials that allowed him to survive in a purple suburban district until the Rovian machine took aim on him in the 2002 campaign. That type of attack campaign would not play as well in a statewide election. But he is a 5 (or maybe 6) term congressman, with a rural background and suburban electability (The metro is alread slam duck Bluesville)

Flash

Posted by: Flash | Feb 9, 2005 4:10:14 PM

I heard a while back that Al Franken was thinking of moving back to MN to run for Senate (presumably, at the time, he was thinking of running against Coleman). Doesn't strike me as a good idea, but there you are.

Posted by: Steve M. | Feb 9, 2005 4:55:15 PM

Somebody figure out how to get Alan Page to run.

Posted by: David Glynn | Feb 9, 2005 6:19:07 PM

Milk does come from cows. I just think we may want to hold on Keillor for the big race in '08. Seeing one of Paul's kids run would be pretty damn inspiring, though.

Posted by: Matt Singer | Feb 9, 2005 7:50:58 PM

No vanity candidates. No celebrities. Nobody who's only in the race because of their name.

That means no Keillor, no Wellstone, no Franken. Franken and Keillor will never be elected. They are entertainers, not politicians. Franken, at least, has no elective office experience and has never run a political campaign. The same may be true for Keillor. Franken was born in New York City and he has lived there for decades.

A note to anyone who really doesn't know anything about Minnesota politics, but knows the names Keillor and Franken: back off. Let us choose a good candidate on our own. The last thing we need is uninformed out-of-staters pushing a worthless celebrity candidate.

Posted by: DFLer | Feb 9, 2005 11:27:24 PM

Arnold says hi...

Posted by: Ezra | Feb 10, 2005 1:29:45 AM

Somebody figure out how to get Alan Page to run.

Hear, hear. He would be a shoo-in. a former Purple People-Eater and state supreme court justice. Plus he is one smart guy. No R would stand a chance.

And leaving politics aside, I think he would be an excellent Senator.

Run, Alan, run!

Posted by: fledermaus | Feb 10, 2005 4:08:41 AM

If Keillor did get elected would he bring back the fire side chats? After Kerry, Gore, and the two Bushes, a candidate who is articulate would be a wonderful thing to see – and hear. Republicans have done well getting entertainers into office. Reagan is their shinning star. And the Governator proves they an actor can be a RINO and still be accepted by them – although limitedly.

At any rate, we need a fair-haired, mid-American, southern, western, any where but eastern, non-Hillary person who is considered more populist than liberal if we ever expect take the White House. I glad to see this being discussed. Who knows, maybe the Bushies will self destruct in their second term as so many have done recently, and the White House will be handed to us. It almost happened this time.

How many people could paraphrase Kerry and say: “I almost voted for Kerry before I voted against him.”

Posted by: scou29c | Feb 10, 2005 8:46:09 AM

No, no, no, no, no.

The DFL (that's Minnesotan for Democratic Party) has too long been a redoubt of kids of former luminaries and gimmick candidates. Hell, we nominated Buck Humphrey for Secretary of State in 2002, and he's not qualified to cashier at a 7-11. And now he's mulling a run for Senate? Please.

Not Keillor. Not Franken. Not the Wellstone boys. No Humphreys or Freemans or Sabos.

No, we've got actual candidates. The aforementioned Alan Page would be outstanding if he wanted to run--but he may be happy as a state supreme court justice. Otherwise you have Mike Ceresi, Amy Klobuchar, Bill Luther, Judi Dutcher, and a host of others with potential.

People like to say the bench in Minnesota is thin, but that's in no small part due to the lack of imagination in the DFL. People need to remember that two years ago, Barack Obama was a little-known state senator and an afterthought in the Illinois senate race.

I'm not saying that we have an Obama lying around (who does?) but we do have talented public officials who've been buried under the kids of people who did something that one time. We can do better than that.

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