My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg has compiled a set of "laws" over the years while studying human and institutional trends. One law I often cite is "Berg's 7th Law of Liberal Projection."
When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character, humanity or respect for liberty or the truth, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds.
As if on cue, Minnesota's DFL party chair Ken Martin put out this tweet in reaction to the statewide candidates endorsed by the MN GOP.
Good luck broadening your base @MNGOP and appealing to anyone but old white men. Pro-tip:No to ticket-wide media tour pic.twitter.com/lTIsQtns3b
— Ken Martin (@kenmartin73) June 3, 2014
Of course the irony here is this is said by a white guy whose party put out the following tweet after their own endorsing convention.
Proud of our #mndfl endorsed candidates who are unified in working to build a Better Minnesota for all! #stribpol pic.twitter.com/h2yxHCBZy6
— Minnesota DFL Party (@MinnesotaDFL) June 2, 2014
Hmmmm. An awful lotta white in that picture.
Now, to be fair, the DFL has fared much better with female statewide candidates, evidenced by US Senator Amy Klobuchar, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Auditor Rebecca Otto. However, there's no question that there are plenty of qualified Republican women who would be viable candidates for statewide office. But the question you have to ask yourself is why do these potential candidates decline to run? Could it possibly be due to how the left verbally savages female office holders like, say, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and state rep Mary Franson? If you've ever read even a scintilla of the criticism levied towards just those two, is it any wonder that some conservative women candidates may be hesitant to run? Obviously I have no definitive proof of that being a barricade, but it sure isn't implausible.
The bottom line here is Martin seems so focused on the gender and race of the GOP candidates rather then drawing distinction on the issues. It's certainly understandable given the DFL's tax and spend orgy over the past two legislative sessions, in addition to the disastrous government takeover of health insurance reform both at the state and federal levels. I guess if my political party was so utterly inept despite complete control of state government, I too might be tempted to divert attention away from policy stances.
I daresay that issues of fiscal restraint, overbearing taxes and regulations on small business, forced unionization of private business (i.e. in home day care) and taking away parental control of their kids by placing in the hands of the public schools (i.e. the "bullying bill") are issues that resonate with far more groups of people than merely "old white men."