So I read Lori Sturdevant’s column yesterday, about AFSCME endorsing a Democrat yadda yadda.
Sturdevant – the DFL’s unofficial PR flak masquerading as a Strib columnist, and whose writing style verges on Socialist Realism when writing about DFLers – was in full flak mode:
But brave faces — many of them battle-scarred…”AFSCME doesn’t always pick a winner,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, a former gubernatorial candidate, with a touch of defiance…But the Tuesday-morning crowd knows something else — several, from first-hand experience. They know what a big-bucks, take-no-prisoners statewide campaign looks and feels like. They can envision what Coleman and his allies will be throwing at Franken next fall…A DFL recapture of the late Paul Wellstone’s seat…
[Note to the DFL Flak: It’s “the people of Minnesota’s” seat. It’s not “Wellstone’s seat” any more than it was “Rudy Boschwitz’ seat”, or “the seat of…” any of the 20-odd other people who’ve sat in it. Wellstone was just elected to it. Please quit making this mistake. Thanks – Ed.]
Brave, deviant, scarred faces; plucky underdogs in the face of the Coleman onslaught. Reminds you of a Russian documentary on Stalingrad, no?
So what’s missing?
An impassioned defense of Mark Ritchie.
It’s possible I’m reading too much into this. But normally, when a DFLer is under fire (and Ritchie most certainly is), the Strib’s columnists circle the wagons and cover their guy’s six. And it could certainly still happen; this scandal is a young one, and since Sturdevant delivers one whole column a week, it could very well be that her deadline fell before Ritchie’s scandal broke.
Let me be clear on this; not saying something is no admission of guilt or complicity, especially on someone else’s part, and I’d be a cheap hack yellowblogger if I said or implied any such thing. I’m remarking on the absence, not drawing inferences.
I never thought I’d say this – but I’m looking forward to the next Lori Sturdevant column.