Dayton v. Kennedy

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

3/07/2005

Hugh Hewitt to FEC: "Drop Dead!"

Hugh Hewitt says "The coming crackdown on blogging" ain't gonna happen. Whereas HH practices and teaches constitutional law and I simply struggled through two semesters of the same, I'll take his word for it.

Meanwhile, Hugh trumpets Mark Kennedy as "the candidate that tips Minnesota to the GOP". Overstated? Just a bit. But a good reckoning of the Gopher state Senate race nevertheless.

The GOP has one built-in advantage in this "light blue" state—the presence on the 2006 ticket of popular Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose hockey-playing folkishness and great good humor has kept his personal account high even as the state has navigated difficult fiscal times. Mr. Pawlenty is already on every handicapper's short list for the GOP's vice-presidential slot in 2008, and has even appeared on a couple of lists of potential presidential candidates. If he can bring a new Republican senator to D.C. in January, 2007, that will only enhance his growing stature in the party.

Minnesota is a closely divided state when it comes to politics. Sen. Coleman beat former Vice President Walter Mondale by 60,000 votes in the 2002 election marked by the death of then-Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash. Last fall, despite an intense GOP effort, Minnesota went for John Kerry by close to 100,000 votes. The "light blue" status of the state is real, but the right candidate in the right year can move the state closer to light red. Many are betting that that candidate in 2006 will be Mark Kennedy. —•

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