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Wingnut Heaven

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 03/01/05 06:20, Edited: 04/01/05 07:01

by David Mindeman

When the Minnesota courts ended up setting the boundaries for the 2000 Congressional Districts, I wonder if they realized they were setting up "Wingnut Heaven" in District 6. This district encompasses a long narrow line extending from St. Cloud and then across the northern suburbs, into Sherburne and Stearns Counties, and then down through Washington and Wright counties including the city of Stillwater. It's almost like they were looking for every facet of Republican extremism so they could slap it into this district.

The heir to the Republican Senate nomination, Mark Kennedy, is the current congressional legislator there, but his announcement to run for the Senate has sent the looney nuts into a frenzy. For some reason, it seems the GOP assumption is, that if you win the Republican endorsement for this 6th District seat, you automatically become the winner. Aside, from the fact, that this assumption might be a bit premature, it is enough for the whackos to believe it is; and believe me, they are coming out of the woodwork.

Take a look at this list of announced and contemplated candidates. First, we have one of my favorites, Sen. Michelle Bachmann, the die-hard that tied up the Senate so often with an Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment that she pretty much single handedly wiped out the bonding bill last session. Then there is Phil Krinkie. He is so excited about this opportunity that he is willing to move to the district just to run. As you may know, Phil is the "brains" of a House coalition that has decided mass transit is a boondoggle in any form and has twisted enough Republican arms in the House to tie up the North Star corridor-- at least until this year's bonding bill. My guess, he wants to get to Congress so he can cut out the Federal portion of the funding and kill it that way. Sly little devil! Recently, we got the darling of the Education privatizers, Cheri Pierson Yecke, joining the fray. Even though she has never won an election in Minnesota and was never even confirmed for her job as Education Commissioner, Ms. Yecke thinks she can convince enough Maple River Coalition "kooks" to sneak away the nomination. She's not a child,"leave her behind". Another unannounced but very wingnut savvy candidate is Mary Kiffmeyer, the holy see in the Secretary of State's office. Please let us pray for true church-state understanding. Next in this long list, there is State Senator Michelle Fischbach. (Fischbach-Bachmann, what's the difference? Answer: Not Much.) If you're keeping track, her husband is the state director of (wouldn't you know) MCCL. So we can guess, what her agenda will be. Other members of the "peanut" gallery of candidates are Jim Knoblauch, a long time St. Cloud representative, and one of the architects of our draconian style budget cuts as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dan Nygaard, the 6th District GOP Chair, and Jay Esmay, one of the main loose cannon activist crazies in the district, who honestly believes that a 14 year Air Force career is the only requirement needed to be a Congressional Rep.

There you have it. A long list of people I wouldn't want to be represented by. But there is one thing to keep in mind. All of these characters are going to spend a lot of time and money getting the GOP nod and if things get real nasty (and with this cast of characters it is hard to believe it won't) there could be a primary fight. While they one up each other, trying to be more conservative than the other and as far to the right as humanly possible without being a fascist, a Democrat could look like the voice of reason. Keep that in mind as the 6th District antics continue.

Go Wingnuts!
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08/29/08 11:56

Did TH write this? - Pretty excessive on invectives and vapid name-calling - looks suspiciously like a TH?er. Doesn?t seem to support and confirm 4 operative words in mnpACT?s mission (See below). Obviously DM would know better ? but this doesn?t sound very DM?ish to me. I know we all have bad days ? but DM is the guy who sets the tone! I know DM has had some long days in the past week, but I don't think it is him ... except he does like to rip Mary K. ...

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