The Dems have officially run out of stuff to talk about.
So they’ve gone back to reruns of earlier tempests in teapots.
A “Jim Horan” fobbed a “story” off on “Talking Points Memo” via Twitter:
RT @tpmmedia: Flashback: Emmer Had Past DWIs — And Sponsored Bills To Soften DWI Laws http://tpm.ly/a244GP
Now, if you’ve been paying attention, all the smart people dealt with this “issue” quite some time ago. The DWIs were in 1981 and 1991; Emmer sponsored legislation to make it possible for people who’d been convicted but kept their noses clean to get out of under some of the more onerous burdens of sentencing earlier. I wrote the first time this issue emerged, when the issue came out before the GOP convention…:
…regarding a couple of DWI-related charges, that…Tom Emmer, got 19 and 29 years ago – questioning not only his character due to the arrests, but some legislation he backed that’d have had the effect of treating drunk drivers as innocent until proven guilty and making DUIs private information after ten years of good behavior – in other words, allowing people who’d made a dumb mistake to function and get their lives back. Drunk driving is an emotional issue – made all the more so by groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the rest of the drunk driving lobby. It’s understandable; anyone who’s lost a loved one to a drunk driver is justifiably motivated to seek change. But the .08 blood alcohol level limit is a ludicrious waste of resources, and the resources spent on hammering on first-time, only-time offenders with low levels of intoxication are largely a complete waste.
Question: Does saying the above mean I “support” or am “soft on” drunk drivers and drunk driving?
But it’s ludicrous to treat attempts to make the system fairer and more rational as “sympathy for drunk drivers”. Almost as ludicrous as assuming two mistakes made a generation ago are defining traits about a late-fortysomething guys’ judgment.
All the smart people dealt with this issue three months ago.
But DFL propaganda is never aimed at smart people.
Oh, yeah – who’s pushing the story? Who is “Jim Horan?”
He’s working for Independence Party candidate stealth DFLer Tom Horner:
That sound you hear? It’s the sound of Tom “Weasel” Horner’s campaign scraping the ground below the bottom of the barrel.