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.
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.