So with Emmer’s apparently-upcoming concession, you’re the Governor-elect, now, Mark Dayton.
After pouring millions of dollars of your family’ s money into the most toxic, slimy, sleazy campaign in Minnesota gubernaturial history, a campaign noted for its serial, cynical inaccuracy by anyone with the brains to spell the words – a “campaign” based on the two sole concepts of “taxing the rich” and tearing down Tom Emmer – and outspending the Emmer campaign 2:1, you eked out a half-point “victory”.
It’s a proud day.
You’ve gone to show that with millions of dollars of inherited money and the slavering servitude of a lot of union donors, any little boy can grow up to back into office with 42% of the vote.
Now, when you’re crowned, you will face two chambers of red-hot, motivated, unified conservative Republican majorities. They will not be the inside-the-beltway post-Gingrich-era RINO hamsters that you got used to “reaching across the aisle” with in DC. They are not the RINOs you remember from your time in the State House. These are Tea Party Republicans; conservatives who’ve been sent to Saint Paul by a majority that said “come back with your shields, or on them”. On a mission to cut the spending, cut the taxes, cut the regulations…to oppose everything you stand for.
And beyind them, there are a whole lot of people like me. Who are going to damn well hold them to those promises.
Mark Dayton: Your agenda is dead on arrival. Your “budget plan”, as big a fraud as it was, is now legislative toilet paper.
There’s a feeling out there that you’ll be a one term governor – maybe. Maybe less. We’ll see.
I’m “the loyal opposition” – but after the campaign you ran paid others to run, the emphasis is on opposition. I’m going to spend the next four years working to retire you for good.
So welcome to office, Governor Dayton.