Do I even need to say it?
Nationwide, it was a 50-50 election, aided by a media that gave up most pretense of legitimacy to play praetorian guard, and a turnout machine that was, frankly,pretty flawless.
It wasn’t helped by Romney’s campaign’s epic technical bobble – putting all its swing-state GOTV efforts into a technical basket that hadn’t even been stress-tested, and which failed miserably under pressure on election day.
But we held the US House. Unlike 2008, Obama at least has a speed bump or two in his way.
As to Minnesota – well, Katie bar the door. I’d bet on a budget over $40 billion, and taxes to match. I’d also bet that Minnesota companies accelerate pushing their blue-collar operations across the borders to North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Mexico and points west. We’ll still have lots of Fortune 500 companies here, in the same way New York has a lot of them. But the people who do the building, manufacturing, servicing, warehousing, planning, programming? These jobs are going, boys, and they ain’t coming back.
The good news? The Senate elected Dave Hann and some of his best Tea Party underclassmen to leadership – Dave Thompson, Roger Chamberlain and the like . The House leadership under Kurt Kaudt should be similarly aligned to – I hope, dear Lord, I hope – tell the DFL to go pound sand when they try to put a “bipartisan” veneer on their excesses.
After leaving this state with no significant tax hikes, a stable unemployment rate and no deficit, it should be a stark contrast with the state we see in two years.