I get a lot of questions here at Shot In The Dark. Periodically, I like to answer them.
Let’s start at the top!
“Hey, Merg! You worked on a special election campaign. And it lost! Hahahahahahahahaha!” Yeah, who’da thunk it, a Republican losing in Saint Paul. That’s not even “dog bites man”. That’s “Dog sniffs Dog”. We gave it our best shot, and we came up waaaaay short. More later.
“Hey, Merg! You promoted Bradlee Dean! I got the screen shot!” Well, yeah, genius – it was on my blog every weekend for two years. And in the last segment of my show, every Saturday; “Sons of Liberty up next, for those of you who want your Constitution straight up with no chaser!”, or some such.
That’s what you do when you work for a radio station, or any broadcaster, or narrowcaster for that matter, if they depend on ratings; you cross-plug the other shows. If, I dunno, Eric Pusey and Diane “Minnesota Observer” Gerth were to buy air time after the Northern Alliance on Saturdays, I’d give them a jaunty cross-promotion, too – because that’s what you do in radio. It’s called being a professional.You promote the station’s other shows – because if they’re doing well, the whole station does well. And if the station does well, Ed and I stay on the air.
Does it mean I endorse everything Bradlee Dean said on his show? Of course not. I’m not going to comment on the Sons of Liberty’s departure from AM1280 – but the General Manager who lets us use his air time, Ron Stone, did, right here, and I really don’t need to add much to that. Of course I will add that much of the Twin Cities leftymedia’s “coverage” of Dean was really, really bad; he never advocated killing gays, for starters, and his “association with the GOP” is even thinner gruel. But hey, they need to break eggs to make omelettes, right?
“But Merg! You lost! Hahahahahahaha!” Well, as Abraham Lincoln said, “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” And bringing a multi-party democracy to the “progressive” cesspool that is Saint Paul is nothing if not just; Saint Paul Republicans follow in the footsteps of Lech Walesa, trying to crack the rotting facade of a single-party autocracy. It’s a tough job…
“Hey, Mitch – how’s biking going?”: It’s not, yet. My commute jumped from six to 20 miles. Which is not to say I’m not going to start riding to work, at least part-way, pretty quick here – probably by throwing my bike on my bike rack, driving part way, leaving my car at a park and ride, and biking in the rest of the way. Soon, here.
“But Merg! Your candidate got beat! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Teh DFL owns this town!”. In 1982, the Chicago Bears went 3-6, in a strike-shortened season. It was a terrible year, and a terrible team. But it had some elements – Walter Payton and some other great players in waiting – that would, when combined with a new coach, Mike Ditka, lead that same team, three years later, to become the greatest team in the history of pro football.
The Saint Paul GOP, and the Fourth District GOP for that matter, are going to need more than three years to recover from decades of the beaten-down indolence that is the result of decades of defeat and oppression. I say ten years. Others think it can be done faster; I hope they’re right, but I figure ten years.
What, we’re supposed to just give up?
You don’t know me very well, do you?
“Say, Mitch – why do you still call the show the Northern Alliance Radio Network? It’s just one show, on one station!” Oh, stay tuned.