Dayton v. Kennedy

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

11/04/2004

"Odds-On Favorite"

Kevin Duchschere has a very well written article in today's Strib. I have yet to detect any of the hostility towards Republicans that typifies most local political reporters in Duchschere's work.

Kevin points out that, by beating Patty Wetterling, Mark Kennedy has "cleared a major hurdle toward becoming the Republicans' odds-on favorite to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton in 2006."

The article points out that Kennedy used some very aggressive advertising against Wetterling which could cost him in the future. Perhaps so, but in order to take on Sen. Dayton, the first thing he had to do was win. Mission accomplished. I maintain this shows Kennedy has great political instincts. The will to win should be what Minnesota Republicans demand in a race against Dayton. Minnesota has to be considered one of the most likely Republican pickups in the 2006 midterms and a failure to capture the seat would likely be from a lackluster bid.

Professor Larry Jacobs of the U of M suggests that Governor Pawlenty may have an interest in Dayton's seat. This seems doubtful to me for many reasons, not the least of which is that Pawlenty is already being discussed in conservative circles as a possible heir apparent to President Bush. Paul Weyrich, conservative godfather, has said that Pawlenty combines a geniality and conservative philosophy he has not observed since the rise of Ronald Reagan. Moreover, Pawlenty will not even have completed a single term before he would have to start campaigning for the Senate seat.

Read the whole thing here.


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