The other day, Nancy LaRoche – of Freedom Dogs, True North and many a great Protest Warrior send-up – reported on a conversation she’d had with a state senator about Mark Daytons’ office, which the Governor has had moved into a closet:
One of the most remarkable comments the Senator made was how Governor Mark Dayton has transformed his office. He installed cubicles into his office space for staff, and moved his office into… a closet.
“Sally Jo Sorenson” of the leftyblog Bluestem Prairie responded with the usual tools of the leftyblogger’s trade: name-calling…:
Pity poor Nancy LaRoche, the latest victim of slow loris syndrome, both thinking it clever to engage in a pathetic fallacy,
…the ofay ad-hominem…:
while breathlessly reporting idle chatter from a senator in Michael Brodkorb’s caucus as breaking news.
…and, as a noxious little “bonus”, a gratuitous reference to Nancy’s employer.
Oh, and a smidgen of factoid – that Rachel Stassen-Berger had “reported” the story a month earlier in the Strib:
The new governor has taken the reins of state, but he’s letting go of the some of the trappings. When visitors come into the ornate, spacious corner office traditionally reserved for Minnesota’s head of state, they will find three staffers.
Now, Sally Jo Sorenson not by a long shot the most noxious leftyblogger out there – that would be worth a poll, but I’m not going to be the one to throw it. Still, her post has the three things on which most – too much – Minnesota DFL-blogging relies:
- A muted threat (to Nancy’s livelihood, in this case. Seriously – what is the purpose of dragging someone’s day job into a stupid political discussion? Is her goal to get her readers to call Nancy’s boss to try to get her fired, or what? That’s so classy!
…and not a whole lot else.
Sheila Kihne, being a conservative blogger, goes the extra step – cutting to the real story:
With Mark Dayton and the Minnesota media establishment, where there’s smoke….there’s a fire extinguisher.
Now, let’s combine Nancy’s closet story with another conservative blogger’s find from the Strib. – Crystal Kelly asked “Is Mark Dayton Really Sober?” just a few days before the 2010 election. She wrote:
I ran across an article from the StarTribune, published July 4 2010, which lead me down a path that questions Mark Dayton’s sobriety. The article was titled, “Mark Dayton: a topsy-turvey ride.” In the second paragraph, something caught my eye. It said, “Sipping from a bottle of kombucha, a fermented tea that has become a campaign trail staple, this former U.S. senator is trying to revive an up-and-down political career at age 63.”
Crystal’s post provided research that recovering Alcoholics like Dayton SHOULD NOT be drinking Kombucha tea and the FDA is investigating the product labeling because of the alcohol content.. The Strib reported that the drink is a “campaign trail staple,” but never managed the same intellectual curiosity about the habits of a man who wanted to be our Governor. “Ha, ha! Can I try a sip?”
The media’s fabled curiosity shut down, of course – as it did with all things related to Dayton’s history – his “alternative teaching license” (a story Sheila led), his very dubious employment record with the New York Public Schools (ditto), his infamous bolt-and-run from DC while a Senator, the treatment history for his alcoholism, his mental health state and medications…
…as opposed to…:
What’s that you say? Tom Emmer’s son posted what on Facebook?
If I were a reporter and some liberal politician told me they worked in a closet, or I got a packet of information that seemed to indicate a past political payoff, or I noticed a recovered alcoholic drinking Kombucha tea all day long, or I found out that Dayton had lied about his resume……well, I might have some follow-up questions.
But of course, I’m not a reporter. I’m a partisan blogger…..and Mark Dayton’s a liberal. Herein lies the problem.
So there’s the relentless search for fact, and the exercise of the kind of courtesy to which the likes of our Capitol Press Corps practice (in re Republicans)…
…and then there’s snark, insult and threats. Or as Bill Clinton’s staff called it, “Delay, Deny, Destroy”.
My point? Oh, I dunno – Sheila Kihne is a better writer and blogger than Ms. Sorenson? I can run with that.
So the remaining question is – what animal will Sally Jo Sorenson name Sheila Kihne?
I’m gonna bet it’ll be a real burn!
Not really. It’ll be leaden and juvenile. Like whatever it was she called Nancy.
(What, you think I’m calling Ms. Sorenson a “Musk Ox?” Not, not at all. I’m sure Ms. Sorenson is a perfectly fine human being, in her own way. Maybe it was the glasses in the photo Sheila ran…)