Dayton v. Kennedy

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

10/24/2004

Youz Dirty Rats!

Let me make sure I've got this straight: Nick Coleman accuses us "right-wing hatchet bloggers and operatives" of "juvenile name calling". He does this in today's Star Tribune in a paragraph immediately following one in which he quotes Senator Dayton calling those who have been critical of his decision to close his Washington D.C. office, "sewer rats, and they're down in the sewer." The irony, apparently, is lost.

I guess the sewer is as likely a place as any for a sewer rat, but I digress. Coleman points out that none other than Bob Woodward offers his support -- if this qualifies as support -- with "It's not totally irrational". Whew. I was afraid one of my U.S. Senators was totally irrational. Thank God he's just irrational.

Coleman apparently was invited to chronicle Dayton's remarks at a recent Rotary Club of Minneapolis event. The group listened "respectfully" as you might expect but then again it's difficult to picture a group of riotious and maurauding Rotarians.

Our columnist correctly points out that Dayton is "in the cross hairs in a brutal election battle". It should be said that this predicament is entirely of the Senator's own doing. 24 months before he will stand for re-election, Dayton has singlehandedly made himself the most endangered Democratic incumbent in the 2006 mid-terms. That he will be doing so with an incumbent president who defied history by adding seats to his party's numbers in 2002 would be enough for any Democrat to up their dosage of Olanzapine.

Coleman gets the goods with this impactful quote from one unnamed attendee, "No one here would say he was crazy".

C'mon, getting a background quote from an unnamed Administration source is interesting, but it doesn't compare to getting an off-the-record quote from a Rotarian...

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