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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 36 weeks

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Posted on 06/10/11 at 11:09 am in response to Wisconsin Repubs are recruiting fake Dems to run in the recall elections

A commenter at the Washington Post blog 'Plumline' has noted that some of the WI Repubs facing recall actually don't want this 'help' from the party. One result of the tactic is the 'real' Dem will have an additional month of campaigning and building name recognition - making them a more formidable challenger to the incumbent.

It's also possible that, since the party strategy has become public, voters will be that much more motivated to vote the incumbents out.

Posted on 06/06/11 at 12:24 pm in response to Poll: Klobuchar holds wide lead over potential 2012 field

I assume the more serious Repub candidates for US Senate are waiting for 2014, when Sen Franken is up for reelection. They will present Sen Klobuchar with a sacrificial lamb next year.

Posted on 06/03/11 at 11:19 am in response to GOP on mediation idea: 'No'

"‘It is our time to step up and to lead and to do the job that we were elected to do’, said House Speaker Kurt Zellers."

Um, no. That time has passed. Now it is time to wake up to the fact that divided government will require compromise from all parties involved.

Posted on 06/02/11 at 12:13 pm in response to If state constitution is enforced, this shutdown could be horrible

I understand the Gov's office has sent letters to state employees - including troopers & prison guards - indicating they may be subject to furlough during a shutdown. Is Gov Dayton taking the hard line on 'shutdown means shutdown' or is he feinting to throw the lege off balance?

Posted on 05/26/11 at 01:29 pm in response to On truth tour, Pawlenty won't commit on Ryan budget

Dennis Tester writes
"the people who criticize Ryan's ideas for how seniors will get their health care are the same people who supported Obama's plan to cut $500 billion from it to help pay for Obamacare"

As I understand it, the cuts to Medicare contained within the Affordable Care Act involve cuts to Medicare Advantage, a voucher program that is more expensive than 'normal' Medicare, but with inferior results. The Ryan plan is similar to Medicare Advantage, where the gov't...

Posted on 05/19/11 at 10:58 am in response to How to solve the Vikings stadium issue: a timeout and a public huddle

As is typical, Weiner writes from the perspective that the only option is to build a publicly funded stadium for the Vikings. Yet each time the public is asked if they want to pay, the answer is: no. Both proposals, as I understand them, would, like the sweetheart Twins deal, actually skip the 'public huddle' of asking whether the public actually wants to pay for a stadium, instead sticking us with the bill for a building we have specifically, repeatedly stated that we don't want.

Posted on 05/19/11 at 11:10 am in response to TIME: Pawlenty a 'welterweight,' Bachmann cannot be the nominee

"ill-defined welterweights Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman and potential superstars Mitch Daniels and Sarah Palin"


The whole excerpt is utterly senseless. Any category that includes Pawlenty & Huntsman includes Daniels as well. Meanwhile, defining Palin as a superstar apparently refers to her celebrity, rather than her political resume. Daniels clearly shares neither trait with former half-term governor Palin.

Posted on 05/18/11 at 12:16 pm in response to The strengths and weaknesses of the coming Jon Huntsman candidacy

“But Huntsman’s list of weaknesses and vulnerabilities is even longer than that of his strengths and assets.”

Doesn't matter.

What does matter is how his strengths & weaknesses stack up against the rest of the field.

The big hurdle is raising money. He's already said as much; if he's not keeping up with the other candidates in fundraising, he's toast.

Posted on 05/18/11 at 12:20 pm in response to Wow, what a bad start for Gingrich

Its hard to see how he recovers. He just reminded the GOP establishment why they don't miss him.

Jackson Cage writes
"how come when the DFL controlled the legislature and T-Paw was governor, compromise was acceptable."

I don't recall Pawlenty compromising on much, except perhaps in agreeing to call a tax a fee.