Dayton v. Kennedy

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


The View From Up On High

The Hill, Washington’s other major political publication, found a few tidbits of note in Mark Dayton’s Wednesday announcement beyond the standard recitation of Dayton’s desire not to seek a second-term:

”Still, some observers said the party might be better off without a weakened incumbent anyway. Yesterday morning, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — who said he was surprised by Dayton’s announcement — could be overheard quizzing Dayton about who were the top Democratic prospects in Minnesota to retain the seat….

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale in 2002 to win the seat of the late Paul Wellstone (D), who was killed in a plane crash just before the election, said, “I hope the Democrats fight it out until the very end because I think we’ll be more unified.”

The changing political terrain of the Gopher State wasn’t lost on The Hill who credited the local blogging community with creating an even harsher environment for Dayton, already reeling from criticism of his Condi Rice comments and his Senate office closing:

”Bloggers in the state, as well as the state Republican Party, seized on Dayton’s various controversies, signaling their intention to give Dayton some of the same rough treatment that Republicans applied to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), who was defeated.”

Maybe the lightbulb went off for Mr. Dayton too?

--Posted by First Ringer


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