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Monday, November 06, 2006

Three Candidates Offer No Choice

The Star Tribune reports the goals for each of the three top candidates for governor, from last night's debate,

Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson said, "I'd like to dedicate the first four years and maybe even the second four years to health care."

GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he would focus on education accountability, improvement and reform. "We need to get our schools more money," he said.

DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch said he wants to try to "maintain some semblance of a middle class" by attacking health-care costs, lowering college tuition and improving K-12 education.

Where, praytell, is a conservative supposed to go in this election? Hint: rhymes with "praytell."

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

An adult conservative votes for the most conservative candidate.

A child pouts, grabs his football and goes home.

8:38 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

It's better to be optomistic. Vote for the one most likely to support your views. Pessimism will get you killed.

As Colsen said... Pawlenty may only be with us 70% of the time. But that is better than negative percent.

8:51 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Ignoring for a moment that I have been public with my statements about staying home tomorrow, I think one loses one's right to complain about the results if one voluntarily takes oneself out of the process of the decision. And a John Adams Society member without the right to complain is in a sorry state indeed.

8:52 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

My dear boys, you are being simplistic with your answer to settle for the least objectionable candidate. How can the sin of the stadium be brushed aside so easily? To look the other way will be to accept a continuing degradation of what used to be the righteous and frugal party.

That, my friends, is not something I cannot accept. I am a puritan, wanting only the best for our party and state. To embrace mediocrity is not an option in any pursuit.

9:03 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Agreed, the sin of the stadium is indeed a most evil one, and not easily overlooked. Yet I fear for our state under a Hatch administration. Pawlenty as CEO might drive up expenses and drive down the stock price, but CEO Hatch might just put us into receivership.

Scrib, under your logic, President Kerry might be preferrable to President Bush just to teach him a lesson, and I shudder to think where we would be now if Ohio had gone the other way.

9:32 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

The entire point of primaries -- scratch that -- the entire point of PARTIES, is to work out our differences before the general election, and then present a unified front on election day. Republicans have historically been able to hit above their weight precisely because we've been more disciplined about this than democrats. We won in 2000 only because of Nader and we lost in 1992 because of Perot.

I understand you may not think GWB is the best President. But one reason we got such a "compassionate conservative" in 2000 was because we lost the last two elections, partly due to disunity.

So here's a question. If we lose badly, does anyone think this will help reform the Republican party or will it make them say "hey, the democrats won. Maybe if we are more like them, we will win too."

9:47 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

As always festivus and Pencil say it all.

Too many Americans get content about their anger... they always forget all of the things that could have happened that didn't. Instead they just concentrate on their own pet issues. For example, we could have had national health care by now, but we have a Republican president and a Republican Congress, so that was not even in the cards. We could be living in a high tax low growth economy right now. But, we aren't. Bush cut taxes rather than raised them.

We should fear the democrats and the stupid things they will attempt to accomplish. More fear needs to be spread around.

10:24 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Having voted, I'm off to see the Knife. Next time I blog I will be on painkillers, and we may find that I loooove Pawlenty and think the stadium deal groovy.

In fact, if the cadaver in whose knees my soon-to-be ligaments used to reside was a democrat, my knee-jerk disposition may be cured. Get it? Ligaments? Knee-jerk? Aw, never mind. I'll be much funnier on painkillers. Or at least I'll think I'm funny.

9:52 AM, November 07, 2006  
Blogger festivus said...

Best of luck, Scribbler. We'll be thinking of you during your time on the table.

10:04 AM, November 07, 2006  

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