Over the weekend, theStribissued its endorsements for the GOP primaries.
And they were mostly utterly predictable – if you keep Berg’s Law in mind. In this case, “Berg’s 11th Law of Inverse Viability” (“The conservative liberals “respect” for their “conservative principles” will the the one that has the least chance of ever getting elected”), and especially the Huckabee Corollary to Berg’s 11th Law (“The Republican that the media covers most intensively before the nomination for any office will be the one that the liberals know they have the best chance of beating after the nomination, and/or will most cripple the GOP if nominated”).
It’s largely the Strib’s history of endorsements – endorsing the most moderate Republican for “reaching across the aisle”, but supporting the most extreme liberals for their “rock solid principles” – that ledShot in the Darkto the law in the first place.
Race To The Middle: The Strib endorsed Jim Abeler for Senate.
Now, I’ve got nothing against Abeler, a longtime House rep from Anoka. I’ve interviewed him more than any of the other Senate candidates. He’s a sharp guy. Too moderate for my tastes, of course – he was a member of the Override Six, among other things – but he states a good case for much of what he does. I disagree with him, but I respect him.
But he came in around the bottom in the endorsement race at the convention. The GOP left the moderate wing of the party (not that anyone’s told the moderates, like Dave Durenberger). The Strib is doing its best to buff of the “moderate” wing of the party. But only the GOP, naturally.
Coming from the Strib – which will surely endorse extreme liberal Al Franken for the race in November – how can this be seen as anything but trying to split their opposition?
Sivarajah: I like Rhonda Sivarajah. She’d make a spectacular Congresswoman. Had Tom Emmer, and his name recognition and money, not entered the race, I think she’d have been a walkover to replace Michele Bachmann, and I’d have been happy to throw whatever I could offer behind her campaign (although that’s minimal, as is my impact on the race, as I live in the Fourth CD).
A lot of Republicans are like that.
And what other reason could there be for the Strib to endorse her? I mean, reading the part of the endorsement where they note Sivarajah helped build a conservative majority on the Anoka County Board, you can practically imagine the writer throwing up in their mouth. But there is division to be sown, and the Strib will sow it, trying divide the GOP, and give the DFL candidate (whose name eludes me as, I suspect, it does all the voters in the 6th CD) a fighting shot.
As always – Berg’s Law explains everything. At least when it comes to politics.