The GOP nominee won't be:
Which, by my calculations, leaves:
And those last four are ordered by likelihood. Daniels might not run; Huntsman is probably doing organization building more than making a full run. This could be a great year to run as the not-quite-so-extreme candidate, make a respectable showing, then come back in...
Bradley Johnson writes
"Scott County has lower property taxes, lower sales tax, and greater bang for the buck"
It depends on what you're looking for. Personally, I have a very poor tolerance for time spent in the car commuting. My coworkers from Shakopee and other southwest suburbs talk about the painful commutes they endure daily. In distance they go about 5 miles farther than I do, but it apparently takes them twice as long.
Interesting piece as a window into MN GOP politics.
Grams' shot at Pawlenty is somewhat striking. Bak's comments about Huntsman are also illuminating. He'll be worth watching; it may be a smart year to make a token attempt at running, but let others try to outflank one another on the right, courting the TEA vote. A less extreme candidate who builds name recognition now would have a leg up in 2016.
Yes, they are. One of the liberal underpinnings of our legal code, for instance, makes us all suckers. Huh? It is the premise that the accused are innocent until proven guilty - beyond a reasonable doubt. The result? OJ walks. The conservatives, living in fear, would rather hang 'em all and let god sort 'em out. The liberals, suckers that they are, find that remedy odious & would prefer to put criminals back on the streets to prey on us, than to...
Of course the Pawlenty campaign was unhappy with how their candidate was portrayed. For one thing, Piers Morgan didn't play fair. The candidate rehearses his answer to the question "Are you running for President?" He does NOT rehearse a response to "Are you running for VICE President," which is clearly an unfair ambush on the part of the lamestream media.
"I am a lot more concerned about Pakistan than Afghanistan."
Well, sure. Pakistan has nukes & an unpredictable government. But one has to ask: what is the impact on the likelihood of Pakistan harboring terrorists if we pull forces out of their neighbor, Afghanistan? We'll lose the ability to conduct drone strikes, for one. We'd also be conceding a much larger territory to the terrorists, on both sides of the AfPak border. Even so, those impacts might...
"More than 30 years after New Ulm police arrested Fred Meine Jr. for stealing clothes from his next-door competitor, Leuthold Jensen Clothiers, and selling them in his own store"
Fascinating. My father-in-law talks about finding clothes stolen from his father's store (in rural WI) in a Minneapolis store (a recently closed men's shop). But that store didn't even bother to replace the hangers. The cops told him there was nothing they could do about it. This was back in the 50s, or...
"Since 1980, women have outvoted men, off years and on years. But no one has asked women what they really want — it's ridiculous."
The good pollsters model their sample after the electorate demographically - by race, income, education and... gender. In every election cycle, pollsters publish these numbers, including the crosstabs. Invariably, it seems, pollsters and the media develop cute names for these groups. Like, where does she think the term 'soccer moms' came from?