Saturday, October 06, 2007 

Evangelical Third Party

If James Dobson and his radical evangelical crew get behind an anti-choice minor party candidate in 2008, or if they form an evangelical third party (most likely in a subsequent election), think about what percentage of the vote you'd expect them to get here in Minnesota.

My guess is south of 15%.

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Friday, October 05, 2007 

Massachusetts of the Midwest

MyDD reports that we're potentially "the Massachusetts of the midwest."

Don't tell Massachusetts. Or the GOP, for that matter.


Quick Hits

Even Republicans can't stand the already much-maligned 2008 RNC logo (warning: not safe for your coffee). The GOP is getting off on just the right foot if they want to take the presidency, wouldn't you say?

Speaking of feet, Sen. Larry Craig is guilty, guilty, guilty, and he's now (if he wasn't before) a liar, since he's going to serve out his term. Don't judge him too harshly, however, since this will help the Dems take his Senate seat next year.

The Republican spin machine is working overtime to make sure you don't realize that Al Franken is outraising Sen. Coleman. (Thanks for the welcome back, MDE!)

President Bush doesn't care about uninsured children, so it's no wonder we haven't heard the words "compassionate conservative" in quite a while.

Fred Thompson, the GOP's great hope for next year...isn't such a big fan of public service. Memo to Fred: a person can get more done in a week in the Senate than most people hope to in their entire lives. I think it's worth someone asking Thompson if he's running for president for the pay bump from senator.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007 

The Return

As you may have noticed, this January, new posts stopped appearing here at North Star Politics. It wasn’t something that had been planned, but rather the result of a long downslide of motivation and inspiration for this blog. After running the table in the 2006 elections, with a Democratic Congress and a DFL Legislature, NSP felt confident that both Minnesota and the country would soon be back on the right track, and that confidence stole away the motivation to write here.

I was wrong.

Months later, things are little better. Today, our executive remains unchecked, running a failing war in Iraq over the meek objections of a cowering Congress. Today, our state’s priorities remain in the wrong places, with insufficient progress made towards returning this state to its title as “the state that works.” A Democratic Congress and a DFL Legislature are not enough. A Democratic president and a DFL governor won’t be enough. We need not only more but better Democrats in office, and we need to keep up the pressure on a conservative media that slants the public dialogue against progressives. We can’t trust our government to the politicians; every day, however we can, each of us must do our part to push our state and our country towards the progressive, fair, and just future that we know can be realized.

Beginning (again!) today, North Star Politics will be here, pushing for that future.


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