Conservatives watched, amused, yesterday as the DFL played a long, comical game of musical chairs with their candidacies.
And it’s going to continue until the filing deadline of 5PM today.
Keith Ellison jumped into the race for Attorney General – evidence he wants to run for Governor someday. In turn, Ilhan Omar filed to run for Ellison’s slot in Congress. Phyllis Kahn promptly filed to run for that seat, which she had held for roughly 200 years. But wait! Deb Hillstrom jumped in to the AG race, and Mike Freeman was making noises about jumping in as well.
In the meantime, Lori Swanson, along with retiring (again) congressman Rick Nolan, filed for governor.
And the day ended with rumors of a Franken filing. The questions – which race (Probably CD5, said the rumor mill) and which Franken (the rumors mentioned both Al and Franni).
GOP pundits greeted the news with a little glee:
And some of it is justifiable. The DFL has given up all pretense, at least among itself, of being anything but a Metro party.
And the idea of a primary with Lori Swanson and Tim Walz squaring off against Erin Murphy, splitting the Greater Minnesota vote, was certainly tantalizing (especially given the prospect of the Dem vote fraud machine being turned against the DFL).
I’m urging a little restraint, here.
It’s pretty clear the DFL is sliding toward Metro-only status. If they lose CD8 and possibly CD1 this year (both are more possible than at any time in years), and with the knowledge that Colin Peterson’s potemkin seat in CD7 will never be replaced by a Democrat again when he retires), it’ll really be official, even if they someday flip CD3.
So the good news is, the DFL is becoming a Metro-only party.
The bad news is, they’re ‘the Metro party.
Hennepin County is a vote machine; a DFL super-de-duper majority that’s only getting worse. And if – if – the MNGO manages to flip enough swing voters statewide to counter that crushing mass of government employees and government clients, the DFL can always create more; there are a zillion refugees in the world, and the DFL, working through its non-profit clients, can always import more just-add-water DFL voters.
And if that doesn’t work? Minneapolis’ cemeteries are full of potential DFL voters.
Call me a cynic, but I don’t know if the DFL can screw up enough to lose this state, sometimes.