April 17, 2006

Dayton: The Worst

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.

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.

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.

(Via MDE)

Posted by Mitch at April 17, 2006 12:03 PM | TrackBack

Nice to see that Time Magazine now knows exactly what Minnesotans have known for almost 6 years. There's only one way to make Dayton look smart...put him up against Al Frankin.

Posted by: Dave at April 17, 2006 12:22 PM

Al has a leg up Mark Dayton in the brains department. After all, Al has actually worked for a living.

Posted by: Kermit at April 17, 2006 12:45 PM

I admit, Mark Dayton's brainpower has gone down some since, but he was smart enough to choose wealthy parents....

Posted by: RBMN at April 18, 2006 11:37 AM

Heh. Even lefties are disinchanted with Dayton. Posted at DemocraticUnderground:

6. Dayton is a major disappointment, IMO

"He chooses the wrong thing to take a stand on, i.e speaking against the challenge to Ohio's fraudulent election and criticizing Feingold for taking a stand against Bush with the censure bill.

I'm also pissed off that after requesting a meeting with him six months ago and going through all the proper channels (forms submittal, etc), he refuses to meet with me and 10 of my collegues to discuss issues of importance.

He is getting a flabby ass sitting in DC. I am glad he is stepping down."

Posted by: Nancy at April 18, 2006 01:36 PM

"including one that would have created a Department of Peace and Nonviolence."


What a nitwit. Reminds me of playing Congress in social studies. There's always at least one fool who - in all serious - comes up with the stupiest ideas for legislation. (Like the girl in my class who wanted to pass a bill banning all cars. I kid you not.)

Posted by: Jason at April 19, 2006 12:09 AM

Dayton may be one of the five worst senators ... he may even be the worst. But he's the 91st most beloved. Where's the credit for that?

Posted by: Chris at April 21, 2006 01:46 AM

I'll concede this much to Dayton: get rid of the Black Hills, and the Mayo Clinic probably is worth more than the state of SD.

Just sayin'

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