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Saturday, December 02, 2006 

Bipartisanship

One of the post-Election Day Republican memes both nationally and in Minnesota is that Democrats aren't going to work with minority Republicans and the Republican executives (Gov. Pawlenty and Pres. Bush). You'll remember that this was their main criticism of the selection of incoming State Sen. Larry Pogemiller as Senate Majority Leader, and that they touted their incoming minority leaders, Sen. Dave Senjem and Rep. Marty Seifert, as reasonable and willing to work with the DFL.

Yeah, right.

"When you have a boatload of money, your job is to keep the drunken sailors off the ship," said Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall and the incoming House minority leader." (AP)


Really bipartisan - Seifert's time as minority leader will be a joke. Insulting the DFL as "drunken sailors" is a quick way to lose even more seats for his caucus and to lose what little good name the GOP has left. Toss in the appointment of extremist Rep. Tom Emmer as deputy minority leader, and the Republican House leadership is going to make things a lot of fun to watch. This is a caucus that has lost all sense of the center.

UPDATE: Lori Sturdevant's column today is about the choice of Seifert as minority leader and what it means.

(Via MDE)

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Had the same thoughts. After the past six years of record spending at the federal level, the old "tax 'n spend' label doesn't hunt anymore. The only thing worse, financially speaking, than a 'tax and spend' democrat is a "cut taxes and spend" republican. Who digs the deepest hole? I'm afraid that's all too clear now, and we are all at the bottom of that hole, looking at our new leaders for help.

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