(SCENE: MITCH Berg is bowling at the Minnehaha Lanes. Avery LIBRELLE steps up to the next lane, laces up shoes as MITCH rolls a “6”).
LIBRELLE: Hah hah, Merg. You have nobody to run against Al Franken. He’ll coast to another term.
MITCH: Well, we’ll see. The campaign is still very young.
LIBRELLE: And the Governor’s race! What, Jeff Johnson? He ran for attorney General, and lost! He’s over!
MITCH: Er, Governor Messinger ran a couple of races and lost before he latched on as Senator and then Governor. He ran what was at one point the most expensive failed race in state history again, back in the eighties.
LIBRELLE: (Angrily) It’s Governor Dayton.
MITCH: Oops. Not sure how that happened.
LIBRELLE: Pft. Anyway, he’s different!
MITCH: You’re right. He had an adoring media painting his toenails and covering up his issues.
LIBRELLE: (Puts scoresheet on desk, steps up to the lane). Waaah.
MITCH: Well, you’ve got a point. It’s a whole new race.
LIBRELLE: (Elaborately prepares to roll ball; all sorts of shimmying and twitching) And what else? You’v got Scott Honour. He’s Minnesota’s Mitt Romney.
MITCH: (Rolls the second ball – misses the spare by one) You say that like it’s a bad thing. Two guys who actually earned their fortunes.
LIBRELLE: Did you hear me? He’s Minnesota’s Mitt Romney!
MITCH: Right. I guess that makes Mark Messinger…er, Dayton – our George Soros.
LIBRELLE: Hah hah hah! There is no such thing as George Soros.
MITCH: Hm. (Mitch steps back to mark last ball)
LIBRELLE: (Steps down the lane. Backswings. Forgets to release. Hits self in face with ball. Falls over)
MITCH: (Runs over to render assistance) Avery? You OK? Can you hear me?
LIBRELLE: (Dazed, incoherent) I’m happy to pay for a better Minnesota.
MITCH: I knew it.