Monday, May 06, 2013

Irony eludes them

There are officially two Republicans who have stepped forward in a quest to be the GOP challenger to Governor Mark Dayton in 2014.

A couple of weeks ago, Wayzata businessman Scott Honour stepped forward to become the first to declare his candidacy. Honour had barely finished his announcement before Carrie Lucking, Executive Director of the leftist organization ABM (Alida Buys...er.. I mean "Alliance for a Better Minnesota"), sent an avalanche of snarky tweets in reference to Honour's wealth.

As my friend and NARN colleague Mitch Berg so astutely pointed out, the irony was completely lost on Ms. Lucking.

.....“Alliance for a Better Minnesota”, an organization largely bankrolled by a Rockefeller heiress, largely launched to aid the career of a feckless trust-fund baby; the organization is attacking a guy who actually earned his money, unlike any of Lucking’s benefactors.


I guess wealth is only virtuous if the wealthy is willing to fund progressive causes. But I digress.

Then this past Sunday, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson officially launched his candidacy. Johnson, who is also the Republican National Committeeman from Minnesota, served three terms in the Minnesota State House and in 2006 made an unsuccessful bid to be Minnesota Attorney General.

Now, it's not all that unusual for the opposition party to weigh in with their objections of a candidate looking to defeat their guy. But, once again, the Democrats aren't able to make a lot of substantive retorts.

DFL Party chair Ken Martin called him “a classic politician trying to climb the ladder.”


Yes, Mr. Martin is the chair of the same party which includes the current Minnesota governor. Yes, that would be Mark Dayton, who made an unsuccessful bid for the US Senate in the 1982, was Minnesota State Auditor in the 1990s, a US Senator from 2001-2007 and elected Governor in 2010.


Once again, Berg's Seventh Law of Liberal Projection has been validated: When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character or respect for liberty or the truth, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds. 

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