F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that Americans hate second acts.
It’s baloney, of course, Americans love a good comeback story. Our history is crowded with ’em; Grover Cleveland’s second term; William Howard Taft’s service on the Supreme court; Richard Nixon (who perhaps should not have had his second act); Ronald Reagan himself, whose career spanned several different iterations.
But as George Patton said, Americans hate a loser.
And while God no doubt loves Mark Dayton, it’s quite clear that if we, the people of Minnesota, were a bank, and Mark Dayton were coming to us for a loan, and his collateral were his record in office, we would turn him down.
Dayton’s record doesn’t even qualify as “checkered”; it’s just plain bad.
Leave aside his questionable record as a New York City high school teacher – during which he taught about 1/3 of the working days during his tenure, and left in mid-year. Let’s look at his political record:
- State Auditor: Dayton was, at best, an undistinguished State Auditor.
- Economic Development Director: Dayton shuffled through two years as the state’s Economic Development Director. And then, with another recession on the way, he quit – as related by his boss Rudy Perpich’s son in a brutal Strib Op-Ed, to safeguard his own political future.
- The Bumbler: His term as Senator was the stuff of comedy legend, almost like an out-take from the old TV series Benson. When even the ultra-liberal Time calls a Democrat “America’s Worst Senator”, it’s time to sit up and take notice. And – her’e’s the important part – learn from experience.
Dayton is a dissipate playboy who regards politics as a hobby. If you had a kid who messed up this much, would you give him not only another toy, but a bigger, more expensive one?
Of course not.
Minnesota deserves better.
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