I’m not “Minnesota Nice”.
Partly it’s because I’m not from Minnesota. I’m “North Dakota Dour and Taciturn”. Minnesota is a South Beach conga line dance compared to North Dakota.
And when I hear “Minnesota Nice”, what I think is “Minnesota Passive-Aggressive”.
Bill Salisbury – one of the deans of Minnesota political reporting – and Don Davis, who fills the same bill with the Forum News Service, noted over the weekend that the “Governor race could be ‘Minnesota nice’”.
And my impression is proven correct.
That, and my belief that too many journos either think Minnesotans are stupid, or are actively trying to make them that way, as in this featurette on our two major gubernatorial candidates.
You can read the whole thing – but here’s the part that got my attention:
The Hennepin County commissioner and former legislator from Plymouth [endorsed GOP candidate Jeff Johnson] is an affable guy who shuns angry attacks on political opponents. That description also fits Dayton.
Except that Governor Dayton doesn’t have to attack anyone. He’s got his boss’s ex-wife’s group, “Alliance for a “Better” Minnesota”, to do that for him.
You know – the group that ran the epic, toxic sleaze campaign against Tom Emmer in 2010; the one that called Jeff Johnson “evil” over Christmas last year.
The Democrats could run Shirley Temple against a Republican Beaver Cleaver; we’d soon hear see a commercial with Eddie Haskell complaining that Beaver bullied him as a child.