Dayton v. Kennedy

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

3/16/2005

A Kennedy Stumble on Radio

Two different conservative bloggers today noted their disappointment with Mark Kennedy's appearence on the Ron Rosenbaum and Mark O'Connell talk radio show this morning. I didn't get to listen to the broadcast, but the commentary is not good for Kennedy.

One noted:

I’ll admit it, I am a Kennedy supporter. I volunteered for him last election. But this exchange was not a confidence builder. I can understand the outrage and questions it will raise with the Kennedy/Grams endorsement battle. I am not off the bandwagon yet, and it would take a lot to get me off. But it was a gaff, and I hope the Congressman can manage the damage control.

Ouch! That's not good - especially coming from a prior Kennedy volunteer.

The other commentator was even harsher:

Had I not know it was him, I would have thought it was the goofball he hopes to replace.

The GOP power in this state may very well regret coming out in support of Kennedy so early in the process.
However, there is a silver lining in this for those of us who support Kennedy's candidacy. There's no last minute surprise here. Kennedy is going to have a very long period to introduce himself to Minnesota voters.

Will there be flaws? Will there be gaffes? Of course. Apparently you can chalk today's appearence up as one or the other. It won't be the last either. But let's not make this into some unique Mark Kennedy problem. It's a political reality every candidate eventually runs into. Politics is rough.

But I wouldn't make to much out of this or any other single event. Kennedy is going to get the chance to make his case in a way that supercedes the "soundbite" candidacies of recent years. To borrow a cliche, it's a marathon, not a sprint. And, despite how flawed his media strategy might occasionally make him look at this point, his opponents will eventualy have to pass through the exact same new-media gauntlet without the benefit of Kennedy's early experience.

This is one of the reason's Kennedy's embrace of the blogosphere is exciting. Say what you will of him, the guy isn't hiding or backing down. He's embracing every media opportunity he has to take his case directly to the voters. And I would think it very unlikely that he's not learning how to handle himself better in this new media era as he gains experience.

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