The upcoming Minnesota Senate race, say some, is a foregone conclusion. A-Klo in a walkover, says the conventional wisdom.
The MNGOP has three candidates vying for the nomination, so far.. Former State Representative Dan Severson is, by most accounts, the front-running. Joe Arwood and Tony Hernandez round out the field of applicants so far.
I’ve interviewed Dan many times; in a just world, he’d be the Secretary of State today. Hernandez ran a tireless State Senate campaign last fall in Saint Paul – which is like saying “the Light Brigade sure charged with energy!”, sure, but Hernandez is an amazingly sharp, capable guy. And I met Joe Arwood over the weekend; I think he has a future in politics, too. I could vote for any of them, after any of them gets nominated.
But let’s spitball for just a moment here.
What, according to the “conventional wisdom”, does the GOP need to win the Senate race?
The candidate has to be…:
- Someone with some name ID.
- Someone with some fundraising mojo. That’s huge; with the departure of Bill Guidera from the race, I’m personally not seeing a fundraising superstar in the line-up.
- Let’s be honest – conservative. A-Klo has done a good job of fooling Minnesotans into thinking she’s “Center”-left, although she’s feeling confident enough in her chances that she’s actually come out and co-sponsored some Obama-blessed legislation – something she’s eschewed (along with most work of any kind) so far in her career in the Senate; she’ll have the media to cover for her and shade her to the center. The GOP loses nothing by presenting voters a real ideological alternative.
- Female. Hey, it counts. Minnesotans, I suspect, are hooked on the idea of their Senate delegation being a mixed doubles team.
So as I was thinking about this the other day, someone said “what do you think about Bridget Sutton?”
Sutton – a businesswoman who is currently on the Inver Grove Heights school board, is the wife of MNGOP chair Tony Sutton – which would be a two-edged sword, not only as a shrieking point for the DFL and media (pardon, as always, as always, the redundancy) but with elements of the MNGOP that are not happy with the current regime.
On the other hand, Sutton is smart, savvy, and would mulch Klobuchar in a debate.
So what does the assembled multitude think?
And who are we missing here?