It Ain’t Easy Being Ken Martin

Ken Martin, chair of the MNDFL, has a tough row to hoe.  I gotta say, I feel sorry for the guy.

On the one hand, the NYTimes – the PR agency for the Democrats at the national level – released an article disparaging the blue-collar workers of northern Minnesota:

“[the blue collar guy the Times starts the interview with] drives to the mine in his truck, comes home and watches TV, and he doesn’t know this world exists,” says [retired Twin Cities real estate lawyer and environmentalist] Becky Rom, a 68-year-old lawyer who returned to her childhood home after retirement and now leads the environmental campaign

And…

“Resentment is the primary driver of the pro-mining crowd here — they are resentful that other people have come here and been successful while they were sitting around waiting for a big mining company,” [Rom’s husband, retired Twin Cities corporate lawyer Reid] Carron told me. “They want somebody to just give them a job so they can all drink beer with their buddies and go four-wheeling and snowmobiling with their buddies, not have to think about anything except punching a clock.”

The elitism rolls off this piece like the fog hovering above a lake on a brisk morning.  (UPDATE:  Although once the uproar started hurting the DFL, Rom and Carron were sorry they got caught).

Trouble is, these people are traditional DFLers (although that’s been eroding in recent years).   So Martin’s gotta defend ’em – right?

Not so fast.  Martin’s leash is largely held by Metrocrat environmentalists – the Roms and the Carrons – with deep pockets.  The people behind Minnesota’s biggest environmental groups are the same as those behind Minnesota’s biggest “progressive” money pools, like “Alliance for a Better Minnesota”; indeed the law firms that spawned the likes of Rom and Carron are, themselves, among the DFL’s biggest donors.

So let’s spare a thought for Ken Martin; he has to defend the virtue of workers – the vestiges of the “Labor” in Democrat Farmer Labor party – in an industry that his party’s big money hates, from the depredations of the national Democrat party’s Praetorian Guard.

How did he do?

 

9 thoughts on “It Ain’t Easy Being Ken Martin

  1. Rom has more problems than just that quote. From the original article:

    The jobs may be seasonal or not pay as well as mining jobs; on the other hand, they are not as backbreaking and they foster a local creative class.

    Non-issues for trust-fund babies and retired lawyers from the Twin Cities, but those are real concerns for folks who actually live there year round. Sorry, but “An outfit called Crapola makes cranberry-apple granola”, nor “An art gallery displayed prints from a nature photographer” nor “A fancy new restaurant, a spa, a gift shop that also sells saunas, a renovated historic theater looking for a tenant” are going to provide jobs that pay well enough to live there.

    The fundamental principle is that Rom has no clue how anything outside a city really works, despite her having grown up there. She left, made a bundle, and now wants to resettle there and tell everyone how they should live their lives now that she’s back. She’s quite the mini-fascist.

  2. If I ever get rich enough to take a fancy vacation, I expect to see people performing authentic native rituals while wearing colorful native garb: in Hawaii, hula dancing in grass skirts; in Bavaria, hoisting tankards while wearing lederhosen; in Ely, chopping trees while wearing checkered shirts. I’m entitled to see that, it’s part of my cultural experience. They’re not people with lives and families and dreams of their own, they’re set pieces in my living museum diorama. How dare they object?

  3. [Rom’s husband, retired Twin Cities corporate lawyer Reid] Carron told me. “They want somebody to just give them a job so they can all drink beer with their buddies and go four-wheeling and snowmobiling with their buddies, not have to think about anything except punching a clock.”

    Sounds like heaven on earth.

    The only thing that could beat it would be punching the “billable hours” clock for a Big Environment law firm funded by Tom Steyer, Warren Buffet and the Ford, Rockefeller, Dayton family trusts.

  4. The only thing that could beat it would be punching the “billable hours” clock for a Big Environment law firm funded by Tom Steyer, Warren Buffet and the Ford, Rockefeller, Dayton family trusts.

    You forgot Soros.

  5. Wow. That is just an amazing lack of sympathy for people in other jobs and from another political class. It’s worth noting as well that Rom and Carron appear from their LinkedIn pages to have had jobs where, ahem, they really were punching time on a clock for at least the past decade. Different kind of thinking there than at a taconite mine or plant, but they had a lot of nice perks there.

    Something of an “I’ve got mine, screw you if you don’t have yours”, really.

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  7. “As the campaign manager for the landmark Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in 2008, I know firsthand how important it is to protect our natural resources for future generations.”

    That’s not what I thought he would say.

    I was thinking more “… I know firsthand how to con ignorant rubes into injecting non-constitution idiocy into their state constitution”.

    Maybe I only thought that because I’m not a good con artist?

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