I just finished watching former governor – as in, “not the governor anymore” – Arne Carlson on Channel 11’s morning show. The former – as in, “hasn’t been elected in 17 years” – governor was promoting his “independent” budget commission.
I didn’t hear much; I was too busy yelling at the TV. Having that smug, sanctimonous fop back on the TV still makes my wallet hurt.
But I do recall that his little spiel was clogged with references to “the way we used to do things in Minnesota”; code for “parties working together”. As in “cooperation among elected officials, with no “extremists” hijacking the process to their ends”.
So what do we have here in Minnesota?
A legislative branch whose overwhelming majority agrees on a budget is being held up…
…by the Governor.
Is that the sort of “cooperation” that Carlson is talking about?
Or are his scruples purely partisan?