Earlier this week, I took a poll – what Minnesota conservatives do Minnesota liberals hate the most?
I collected responses via the comment section, my facebook page, and email – and got a pretty fair bunch of responses. There were some surprises and at least a couple of foregone conclusions.
I’m going to publish 11-20 over the noon hour today, and 1 through 10 over noon tomorrow.
But first, I’m going to give some recognitionto that mass of Minnesota conservatives that give Minnesota’s liberal establishment just a little to hate. These are the people and institutions that got one vote each:
- The DFL – One wag apparently believes the left believes Minnesota’s dominant party is liberalism’s worst enemy.
- The Cans – No idea.
- All Minnesota Conservatives
- Mitch Pearlstein – Longtime head of the Center of the American Experiment
- Bill Cooper – Former MNGOP chair, CEO of TCF Bank, and pwner of Nick Coleman.
- Cosmo Insolocco – No idea.
- Mary Kiffmeyer – the former MN Secretary of State was a lightning rod for…ACORN.
- Pat Anderson – The former and future State Auditor
- Mac Hammond – The megaminister from Maple Grove
- Brian Sullivan – Tim Pawlenty’s convention opponent in 2002, and arguably the person we can thank for the conservatism of Pawlenty’s administration.
- Denny Hecker
- Conservative Bloggers – should be self-explanatory.
- Tony Sutton – The current chair of the Minnesota GOP
- Randy Kelly – Former Saint Paul DFL mayor who doomed his shot at a second term by endorsing George W. Bush in 2004.
- Regular Coffee
- Alan Quist – the first hardcore social conservative I can remember in Minnesota politics; endorsed for governor in 1990, he lost to Arne Carlson in the primary.
- Learned Foot – former Kool Aid Report blogger.
- Marty Seifert – Tom Emmer’s convention opponent and, now that he’s suddenly not running for office, a “reasonable, common-sense Republican” to all the DFLers that were calling him an extremist two months ago.
- Henry Ford
- Tom Pritchard – longtime chair of the Minnesota Family Council
- Kermit – blogger from Anti-Strib
- Rod Grams – former one-term Senator
- The Suburbs
- Captain America
Congratulations to everyone on the list that’s, er, human.
Now, the people with more than one vote, with their standings in the final poll:
30. Katie Kieffer: The blogger, former college-press gadfly and up-and-coming pundit got two votes, including from one voter who added every conservative woman she could think of; “that’s who they really hate…”
29. Swiftee: The of Bruce Springsteen of button-pushing, the Charlie Parker of chain-yanking, perhaps the most banned person among Twin Cities leftyblogs, the only surprise is that he didn’t come in in the top twenty.
28. Twila Brase: Tireless healthcare crusader and my neighbor.
27. Entrepreneurs: Except when they can serve as ATMs for social spending, of course.
26. Joe Soucheray: Souch’s social curmudgeonism is often called “conservative”, and it was certainly something Minnesota liberals detested.
25. Tracy Eberly: Three years past the “Dirt-Worshipping Heathens” flap, Tracy still gets ’em frothing.
24. The Tea Partier: The “boogeyman” of the Minnesota left.
23. Paul Mirengoff: Not a Minnesotan, but when groupblogs got votes, I spread the votes among their contributors, and Powerline got two group votes. Which is also why…
22. Brian “Saint Paul” Ward got on the list as well. My long-time NARN co-host scored two votes as a member of the NARN.
21. Rep. Erik Paulsen: With three votes, Paulsen is the only Republican in Minnestoa’s congressional delegation not to make the top twenty with a bullet. As it were.
Top Twenty coming up at noon!