From Planet Humphrey

Lori Sturdevant plays plays chicken and egg with Minnesota’s polarization.

Is Minnesota poltitics “polarized” because there’s a “chasm” between the parties?

Or is it the opposite?

I get that. But it could be that the converse is also true.

My notion: Minnesota Republicans and DFLers are so polarized today because they compromised too infrequently…

I read that bit and thought “maybe she’s onto something.  Maybe Sturdevant will reference the generations of complete obeisance to the DFL’s tax and spend machine, “opposed” by a MNGOP that actively squelched conservatism and gave Minnesota net double-digit budget increases, biennium over biennium, leaving Minnesota overtaxed and overstaffed and leaving Minnesota conservatives with several generations of catch-up to play?

Could it be that Sturdevant has perhaps widened her razor-thin sense of selective context?

…in the past decade.

HELL no!

Too many legislative sessions produced a win-lose result — governor wins, Legislature loses.

The power tools available to a governor who wanted smaller government than the Legislature did made it too convenient for him to have his way.

That’s right; Minnesota is “too partisan” because Republicans, operating within the boundaries of the law, did what they were sent to Saint Paul to do. Just like Democrats – with Sturdevant’s, and most of the rest of the media’s, blessing – when they get sent to Saint Paul.

Majorities change.  But Lori Sturdevant’s DFL cheerleading is truly eternal.

3 thoughts on “From Planet Humphrey

  1. The power tools available to a governor who wanted smaller government than the Legislature did made it too convenient for him to have his way.

    And later on in the session, when Brave Sir Mark attempts to wield the “power tools” because he wants much bigger government than the Legislature, will Lori find that the tools make it too convenient for Brave Sir Mark to pursue his addled agenda?

    She ought to deliver her column in a Miracle-Gro bag and be done with it.

  2. Let me expand “governor wins, Legislature loses” to include “DFL wins, taxpayer loses”.
    Lori really does believe we all work for the government, doesn’t she.

  3. “My notion: Minnesota Republicans and DFLers are so polarized today because they compromised too infrequently…”

    Let’s remember this little tid-bit: “When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money.” – Cy Thao (DFL St. Paul), 2007

    Seem a little polarizing Lori?

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