MinnPost readers shared opinions throughout the evening and into Wednesday on Tuesday’s election results.
Doug Grow’s article, “Dayton’s slim lead likely will trigger recount,” started this conversation:
Joseph Skar: So in retrospect is this the biggest failure of overall political reporting in the history of the state. Both the State House and Senate go republican, Chip Cravaack wins, and no matter who wins the Governor’s race all the polls except SUSA was off by greater the 5 points. Epic Failure!
Richard Schulze: Although I supported Horner. Epic failure is the fact that Rep Emmer could not drag himself over the finish line in an epic GOP election.
Joseph Skar: Richard how is Emmer the issue? It would appear that he beat expectations by 8-10 points. The only thing that saved Dayton was that the IP went conservative. Does the Governor really matter at this point? What is Dayton’s recourse when the legislature doesn’t pass tax increase? Dayton = Neutered!
John Sinna: The House and Senate flip is amazing, simply amazing. I didn’t vote for Dayton, but now that his most foolish ideas are DOA it might be fun to have the strange little man in office … at least it would be entertaining.
Jeff Michaels: Just ten days ago, the Minnesota Poll claimed Mark Dayton was ahead by a whopping seven- percentage point. I trust the Star Tribune will have the decency to get out of the polling business.
Thomas Swift: When I went to bed last night, Hennepin county was reporting 200k more votes than registered voters, so it looks like the Democrat machine was well oiled and finely tuned, but I’m with John. Although how the GOP could send the Democrat legislature to the wood chipper and elect a leftist Governor is a mystery, the prospect of watching Dayton bumble his way to a meltdown promises a lot of much needed levity.
Dave Kopesky: I am not an Emmer supporter but now wish he had won so the Republicans could show us how they will end the 6 billion dollar deficit while cutting taxes. They control both houses of the legislature and now we will see how easy it is to cut the 6 billion in “fat” out of government. They will not be able to just be obstructionists -they will have to come up with real proposals. And what does it say about Emmer that in the midst of this Republican tide he could not beat an old liberal Democrat like Dayton?
Responses to “Partying with Republicans and Michele Bachmann on Election Night,” by Eric Black, included these comments:
Greg Kapphahn: “I’m ready for my closeup.” Can we see any more clearly, in these events as described, someone who is nothing more than a media starlet with absolutely no concern for anyone else in the room (let alone the 6th District) beyond that they’re her “adoring crowds.” Honestly! Staring into space for 10 minutes waiting for her next media interview (rather than circulating through the crowd, greeting, thanking, CONNECTING WITH her own supporters)? Perhaps she was waiting for someone to peel her a grape.
Brian Simon: These are exciting and weird times. Rep Bachmann will, for the first time in her congressional career, be in the majority. Her popularity in the party and relative seniority will potentially land her a committee chair. What will she do with this newfound power? Serve voters of the 6th or political ambition?
“Republican wave swamps Minnesota Legislature, likely reversing party roles,” by Joe Kimball, elicited these thoughts:
Paul Udstrand: Super. Even if Dayton wins we’re guaranteed a paralyzed government. Now we can all focus on doing nothing while waiting for the someone else (the private sector) to solve problems. I know it sounds like a good plan but I’m pretty sure it’s been tried, and not worked very well.
Hiram Foster: Now it’s the Republicans who will have to eliminate a 5.8 billion dollars budget deficit, while possibly keeping their promise to cut taxes. Losing is never a pleasant thing, but it is quite possible that there might be worse things than spending the next two years on the bench.