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Monday, June 12, 2006

Future Senator Mark Kennedy

Congressman Mark Kennedy came to speak at my place of employment this morning. He gave a short speech and then answered questions from a crowd of about 50. I was impressed with Kennedy and agreed with him on basically all his points of view. I also thought he had a great personal story - growing up in a a rural setting, attending St Johns and receiving and MBA at Michigan and later succeeding in business. He will be able to relate to a lot of differnet people around the state. In contrast, his probable opponent, Amy Klobuchar, Graduated from Minneapolis Suburban schools, attended Yale and Harvard (graduating at the top of her class), and is an attorney. I imagine it will be difficult for Klobachar to relate to rural Minnesota. Further, Klobachar will need to start explaining why crime has taken big jumps during her tenure as Hennepin County Attorney. In fact, the FBI just reported that Minneapolis had one of the largest increases in violent crimes for any city in the country.

Interestingly, most past Minnesota Senators do not have ivy league backgrounds:

Wellstone (UNC)
Dean Barkley (UofM)
Grams (Anoka Jr College/Carrol College)

Dayton (Yale)
Coleman (Hofstra/Iowa Law)
Durenburger (St. Johns/UofM Law)
Boschwitz (NYU)
Mondale (UofM)
Anderson (UofM)
Humphrey (UofM)
McCarthy (St. Johns/UofM)

Because Dayton is a weird anomaly and doesn't really count, it is safe to say that only Boschwitz meets that definition by attending NYU (although Boschwitz grew up in New York).

Check out Kennedy vs. The Machine for day by day blogging about Kennedy and the race.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

While I will certainly support Kennedy over Klobuchar, it is a sad day for Minnesota if graduating at the top of your class from Harvard goes into the debit column for a candidate. That's populism at its worst.

And thank God that the Yale's of the world have restricted, although not completely eliminated, the ability of geniunely stupid rich kids like Dayton to get in. Let's hear it for meritocracy!

9:47 AM, June 13, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Oh, and unlike Columbia, NYU is not Ivy League.

(It is a fine school, however.)

5:02 PM, June 13, 2006  
Blogger King Oliver said...

Mark Kennedy is a great candidate. Give him all the help you can. [This message is entirely the writer's own does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the officers or members of the John Adams Society or the JAS Blog.]

3:20 PM, June 14, 2006  

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