Dayton v. Kennedy

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

11/21/2004

A Conscience Discovered

24 hours previously, Senator Mark Dayton was "undecided" on a Senate measure to liberalize trade with Laos. Dayton v. Kennedy chronicled the unenviable position the Senator was in while trying to decide which segment of the local Hmong community he could least afford to offend -- the older part of the Hmong community who still remembers the atrocities of their communist country of origin or the younger generation who was more sympathetic to normalization.

Yesterday, however, Dayton discovered his conscience and decided to join his colleague, Senator Norm Coleman, in voting against trade normalization.

Apparently Senator Dayton discovered what Senator Kerry did before him: young people don't vote in the same numbers as the old -- even among the Hmong. (Sorry. We couldn't resist.)


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