Not happy unless miserable
The latest Minnesota legislative session wrapped up with the Democrats ramming through almost everything they wanted. Amongst the leftist utopia implemented was significant spending and tax increases (to the tune of about $2 billion), legalization of same-sex marriage, setting up a State Health Exchange and forced unionization of in-home childcare providers.
Such is the reality of one-party rule, since the DFL controls both chambers of the Legislature as well as the governor's office. With that, you would think they would spend Tuesday giving themselves the proverbial pat on the back for what I'm sure they considered a job well done.
Alas, these are leftists, who never seem happy unless they can emit some sort of spittle-inducing rage. But seriously, what kind of issue could they possibly manufacture, no matter how benign, in order to behave like their irritable selves?
Leave it to a complicit media (in this case, WCCO-TV political guy Pat Kessler) to throw them a bone.
Why does MNGOP deliberately misname MN Democratic-Farmer-Labor party as "Democrat"-Farmer-Labor? Same when identifying lawmakers. Discuss.
— Patrick Kessler (@PatKessler) May 21, 2013
Former campaign staffer guy Zack Stephenson weighed in.
@patkessler A pet peeve of mine. Dems prefer "Democratic Party." Its common courtesy to call each other by the names we choose for ourselves
— Zack Stephenson (@zackstephenson) May 21, 2013
Never one to shy away from "controversy", Rep. Ryan Winkler, who once call a constituent (though not one of his own) an "a-hole" on Twitter, whined about the House Minority Leader leaving out the "ic."
Republicans, including @kdaudt, continually refer to the "Democrat Party" as a way to disparage the Democratic Party. It's cheap.
— Ryan Winkler (@RepRyanWinkler) May 17, 2013
Let's look at this logically.
If you're a Republican, you're a member of the Republican party.
If you're a Libertarian, you're a member of the Libertarian party.
If you're a Communist, you're a member of the Communist party.
And if you're a Democrat, you're a member of the....what? Again, following a logical trend, it should be Democrat party. I seriously have never understood why Democrats get all bent out of shape when their party is labeled as such.
A friend mine also pointed out the party name of the MN Democrats, which is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. If we're to be grammatically consistent there, it should be Democrat-Farmer-Laborer. So it would appear both MN Republicans and Democrats have had that one wrong.
Oh well, this manufactured controversy helped the Dems get through at least day one of them not being in session. I wonder what other "pet peeves" can keep their dander up until February 2014.