Although I haven’t spent much time on the political beat since the Great U.S. Senate Recount, I’ll be in Duluth Saturday covering the scrum that is the DFL gubernatorial endorsement. You’ll see news and analysis in this space throughout the day. Given my regular beat, expect analysis of how the media are covering the event; I’ll do some real-time Daily Glean-style linking to the most interesting stories I see here and on Twitter and Facebook.
(Historical note: Back in the dawn of the Twitter era, I actually tweeted the 2008 DFL convention, where Al Franken topped Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. I remember feeling really weird about sending out a rapid-fire Twitterstream of quotes and observations; now, so many reporters do it no one bats an eye. Look for the #mn2010 hastag, by the way, for the full 140-character-at-a-time political discourse.)
To whet your appetite on the content curation, here’s a highly entertaining scene-setter from Daily Gleaner Brian Lambert in the Same Rowdy Crowd blog. (Second time I’ve linked to them today; you’re welcome, Crowdsters.) His bold prediction is Rybak as the favorite, which is not my assumption going in, but I’ll have a lot more confidence in that analysis after I sniff things out first-hand.
Lambert, by the way, is particularly barbed on the subject of Mark Dayton, who — at least among the chattering classes I chatter with — is seen as the primary favorite. Brian’s appraisal here is more intimate than most; he worked briefly for then-Sen. Dayton in 2005, and it wasn’t a happy experience, as the piece’s cow dung comparison indicates.