Possibility of losing both houses in Legislature dampens DFL mood

About 11 o’clock tonight, the optimism that had been so high among DFLers began to fade.

Most  at the Hilton still felt good about Mark Dayton’s chances to win the governor’s race.

But in a stunner, it appeared that the DFL could lose both houses of the Legislature, which seemed an impossibility entering Election Day. If that scenario plays out, it means that Dayton will be in the same position Gov. Tim Pawlenty was in most of the last eight years.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 11/03/2010 - 05:26 am.

    In practical terms, Dayton will be in a very different position than Pawlenty. Because Pawlenty wanted so little, he got everything he wanted. And he had the power to prevent what he didn’t want from happening. At this point, it’s hard to see that Dayton will be anything other than irrelevant to what goes on in St. Paul. At least for the next two years.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/03/2010 - 08:30 am.

    Hiram, do not underestimate Dayton’s capacity for buffoonery…so he’s got that going for him, which is good.

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