Time Magazine has announced its list of the "best" and "worst" Senators.
The list itself is somewhat suspect; sure, it takes a putative whack at balance (the ten "bests" include three conservatives, four liberals and three, er, oh, what the heck, "moderates". But any "best Senators" list that includes Olympia Snowe and Ted Kennedy would seem more focused on bringing home the pork than on any greater goals of statesmanship or leadership.
But it's nice to know that we all agree on one thing; Mark Dayton is in a class below the rest.
Time mentioned the infamous Brave Sir Robin incident, where Dayton closed his DC office and urged Minnesotans not to visit the Capitol, a stunt so deeply, abidingly moronic that even Time couldn't ignore it from a liberal.
I didn't even know about this bit here:
In February Dayton, 59, made another notable blunder. The Mayo Clinic, which is in Rochester, Minn., was opposed to a South Dakota — based company's plan to expand its railroads into Rochester because it would mean dozens of trains passing by the clinic each day. Dayton told FORTUNE magazine the Mayo Clinic is 'worth a hell of a lot more than the whole state of South Dakota.' He later apologized for the remark.My only regret with Dayton is that he isn't running for re-election. I would love to see Mark Kennedy club him (electorally) like a baby seal.
Inside the Senate, Dayton has passed few bills partly because some are too liberal for the Republican-controlled body, including one that would have created a Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
(Via MDE)Posted by Mitch at April 17, 2006 12:03 PM | TrackBack