A fire at the former home of Gov. Mark Dayton near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis was deliberately set, police said Saturday.
Firefighters were called about 2 a.m. Saturday to a small blaze at the back of the house in the 4200 block of E. Lake Harriet Parkway, said police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty. Gasoline and lighter fluid were found at the scene, he said.
The fire did little damage because the current owners were able to put it out before firefighters arrived, McCarty said.
He said that because Dayton once lived in the house, it is possible someone thought he still owned it and set the fire for political reasons.
So what does it mean if the ensuing investigation determines that a Republican apologist is responsible for this? It's more than a fair possibility we are going to hear leftist chanting points similar to what was heard in the aftermath of the Tucson, AZ shootings last January. Remember how Republicans and conservatives were lectured on how their "hateful rhetoric" was directly responsible for the actions of a madman? Never mind the gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, was determined to be apolitical.
Unfortunately, I fully expect some Minnesota libs will demagogue this despicable incident at Gov. Dayton's former home in an attempt to gain the moral high ground in the shutdown debate. In essence, we'll be told how this sort of civil unrest could have been avoided had those ghastly Republicans been more reasonable in the state budget talks. But that scenario in and of itself seems rather foolish. After all, the current screed by many DFLers is that the GOP is responsible for Government being shut down simply due to their unwillingness to make "the rich" pay their "fair share" of taxes. So are you going to tell me there's some crazy, right-wing arsonist out there who is setting fires on behalf of millionaires?
Of course, I may be overestimating the mindset of these lefties. As we learned with the Tucson incident, motive doesn't even need to be established in order for such leftist chanting points to ensue.