Dayton v. Kennedy

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


Bob Novak on Dayton v. Kennedy

From the personal anecdote file:

In 1987 I found myself in a St. Cloud Holiday Inn with the rest of the Minnesota Republican Party (all 200 of us). In attendance were Bob Dole, Jack Kemp (what up, Jack?) and my favorite syndicated columnist, Robert Novak. This was pre-history for what today constitutes the conservative movement in Minnesota and the nation. For you young whipper-snappers that was the pre-internet, pre-blogosphere epoch. Hell, it was pre-Rush.

That's why Bob Novak was my favorite. He inhabited the arch-conservative (albeit anti-Israel) chair on the McGlaughlin Group, a show I watched religiously. He made supply-side economics understandable to the laity and his predictions were consistently accurate.

In that ball room in 1987 I found myself standing right behind Novak witnessing Jack Kemp practice his oddly compelling brand of retail politics when I mustered up the courage to ask Bob if he would allow me to take his picture. Much to my chagrin/delight Novak turned around and -- holding an MGD in his hand -- inadvertently belched in my face. Happily, he agreed to the picture.

All of which is to say that I enjoy reading "The Prince of Darkness" whenever possible. That said, the hat tip goes to Jon Lauck at SDP for the "heads-up" on Novak's take on the coming Minnesota Senate race:


First term Sen. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, who depleted his fortune as Dayton-Hudson department store heir by spending $25 million in four statewide political campaigns, is being targeted by Republicans as the most vulnerable Senate Democrat in 2006.

Dayton spent $12 million of his own money to provide nearly all funding for his election in 2000, and his net worth is now officially disclosed as $5 million to $15 million. Facing the need to raise money for the first time, he recently fired his top fund-raisers after he finished the third quarter of 2004 with just $271,000 cash on hand.

In addition to money problems, Dayton slumped in the polls after he alone among U.S. senators closed his Washington offices because of an alleged terrorist threat. Former Rep. Bill Luther is considering a Democratic primary challenge against Dayton. The senator's Republican opponent is expected to be a well-funded Rep. Mark Kennedy.


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