Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Governor Dayton signed the budget bills, but vetoed funding for the legislature because he didn’t get the bills he wanted.
Some might think Dayton’s move was petty and vindictive. I disagree. It was genius. In chess terms, he’s put the Republicans in a fork – agree to a special session to give the governor what he wants in exchange for funding the legislature, or take your complaint to a court packed with judges appointed by Democrats. Both are losing moves.
Joe is absolutely right.
When all the moves are losing moves, refuse to play the game. The Republican Speaker of the House should say “We convinced Governor Dayton to cut spending for a third of state government, which is a good start. Since he’s defunded the Legislature, we won’t be coming back into session and that means the rest of the government will shut down when this current budget runs out in two years. Meanwhile, I plan to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.”
And Joe is even more absolutely right.
Of course he wouldn’t mean it. But it ups the ante. Every time somebody says “but what about” you point them to the Governor and say “Sorry, the Governor shut us down. Take it up with him.”
I dream of a world where Minnesota Republicans have that kind of political killer instinct.