Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006


The Better Half

Dayton v. Kennedy has focused almost exclusively on the first half of our name: Mark Dayton. What can we say? Sen. Dayton has been extremely generous with material for a young blog.

But we have not forgotten the other half of our name: Mark Kennedy. Congressman Kennedy is a favorite to win re-election but the threat from Patty Wetterling can not be discounted. Wetterling remains a sympathetic figure more than a decade after the disappearance of her son, Jacob. As a father of 3 boys, 2 of whom are the approximate age of Jacob at the time of his disappearance, I have always saluted Patty for her tireless work on behalf of missing children. If anything, I am puzzled that Wetterling would give up her focus on this important issue to become a nameless face in the minority party in Washington.

Even though Wetterling has displayed a shocking ignorance of basic issues, she could pull off the possible upset because of lingering empathy for her longsuffering.

For an update on the race, we refer you to the Pioneer Press' account of the closing days of this campaign and the accompanying media war which even features an appearance from America's Most Wanted.

We do not wish Patty Wetterling luck, but we wish her well. Both for the sake of the missing children's movement and the name of this blog, we hope Ms. Wetterling gets to stay close to home.


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