Remember when Minnesota was going to turn red?

posted at 10:41 am on November 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Ah, the halcyon days of, er, last week.  Friends insisted that my home state of Minnesota might go red in a presidential election for the first time in 40 years.  Paul Ryan made a last-minute stop, but more thrilling, the Obama campaign sent Bill Clinton more than once to shore up the state.  We had two ballot measures, one for traditional marriage and the other for voter-ID, that was supposed to drive conservative and center-right turnout.

Whenever I heard this, I told people that Minnesota was a pipe dream, but it turned out even worse than I thought.  Here’s the final tally from last night in Minnesota:

  • Obama won with a larger margin of victory (12 points) than in 2008 (10 points)
  • Amy Klobuchar won the US Senate seat by a larger margin (36 points) than she did in 2006 (24 points)
  • GOP lost a House seat (Chip Cravaack in MN-08)
  • Neither of the two ballot measures passed, but they did outpace the Romney/Ryan ticket
  • Republicans lost control of legislature

The Star Tribune reports on the legislative wipeout:

DFLers reclaimed control of the Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday, ending two short years of a Republican majority and offering Gov. Mark Dayton a much friendlier climate to pursue his agenda.

Election Day 2012 brought an end to the GOP’s brief hold on the Legislature as incumbent after incumbent lost — many of them the same Republican freshmen who swept the party into control just two years before. The last time Minnesota had a DFL governor and DFL control of both houses was in 1990, the last year of DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich.

“The [Republican House] Speaker [Kurt Zellers] just called and congratulated us,” House Democratic Leader Paul Thissen announced at 1 a.m. Wednesday. “What a great night for Democrats, what a great night for Minnesota.”

Republicans lost their 37-30 majority in the Senate as incumbents like John Howe lost in an upset to DFL challenger Matt Schmit.

We now have a Democratic legislature with Dayton as governor for the next two years.  That outcome is even worse for Minnesota than the status quo result we got on a national basis last night.  We are in for a significant turn to the left in my state, with tax hikes and union agendas in play.

On the Senate seat, no one should be surprised.  However, it is worth noting that Kurt Bills won the GOP nomination thanks to a show of organization by Ron Paul supporters that seems to have evaporated in the general election.  That’s not a knock on Bills, who did well in the legislature but was out of his depth in this race, which needed a stronger Republican name brand to even compete with Klobuchar.  It is a very big red flag to those who think that the Paul supporters are the future of Republican politics in Minnesota.  There is much to like about their small-government philosophy, but their follow-up and ability to nationalize their support didn’t even come close to getting the job done.

Republicans narrowly avoided a catatstrophe in US House elections.  The newly reapportioned districts almost cost Michele Bachmann her seat in MN-06, which she held by just a handful of votes despite having an enormous money advantage.  Chip Cravaack’s tenure ended at one term as the Iron Range returned to its usual voting pattern, losing the seat to Rick Nolan by seven points.   Even my Congressman, John Kline, had a much closer race than we first predicted, holding his seat by single digits. That returns the Minnesota delegation to the 5/3 Dem/GOP allocation that we had before the 2010 midterms, but that belies the ground lost in the popular vote for those seats.

Finally, the two ballot propositions did achieve one goal: they outperformed the Romney/Ryan ticket in Minnesota.  The traditional marriage constitutional amendment only got 47% of the vote, and voter-ID surprisingly did slightly worse at 46%.  Polling at the beginning of the cycle showed the traditional-marriage amendment to be a tough call, but voter-ID had polled very positively, even among Democrats.  Its loss comes as a surprise, and conservatives will have to rethink their approach before taking a flyer on that issue again — and thanks to the DFL-controlled legislature, they’ll have at least two more years for rethinking.

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I think it’s the O’Donnell effect in the Senate. One bad apple spoils the whole barrel. Which is to say: if even one of our Senate candidates makes an absolute fool of him or herself, all our Senate candidates underperform. In 2010 it was Angle and O’Donnell. This year it was Akin and Mourdock.

I don’t want to hear this garbage about how Akin “wasn’t really Tea Party,” either. Tough. The Tea Party should have settled on one candidate in the primary instead of dividing between two and letting Akin slip through.

KingGold on November 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Bingo!

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

For Romney it was always all about him. For his followers it’s the same. The hue and cry last night about how “the GOP failed Romney made me weep with laughter.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

America lost last night. The takers are fully in charge for the next, at least, 4 years. Laugh all you will but this is serious.

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I just can’t do this anymore. And I won’t.

I’ve met some really good people on here, learned a lot, lived a lot, but frankly (can I call you Frank), I’m done. Ready to live again. FUBO.

That is all. Catch up with ya’ll in a few years. Love, and best to all.

Lindsey

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Best to you as well, Lindsey, but I hope some time soon you’ll be back, I’ve always enjoyed your thoughts and comments. Yet I understand full well your sentiment. Until then, so long, and may you always be with God and the Sun and the morning.

TXUS on November 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The emperor has no clothes!!!! You guys are all realizing it today. You think the MSM is biased? Look at the nonsense you were being fed from conservative blogs/news radio/ Fox News. You listened to people who were denying reality and confirming your own world view. You can not voluntarily live in a bubble and expect to understand what is really going on in the world.

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

My point is that Obama believes stuff that is even more ridiculous than Akin and it impacts the entire nation. Who got elected? There is a distinct double standard on how stupidity is treated in this country. Mr. Akin might be a wackadoodle but his beliefs have no impact on anyone. Would we could say the same about Obama.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Sorry, but believing a woman’s body can ward off rape sperm is a bit more ridiculous than believing more taxation will lead to economic growth. Both are wrong, but the former is way more out there.

There is a double standard, I’ll grant you that, but the problem with what Akin said is that it could’ve made an impact on someone, or at least that was the takeaway. As a Senator, he very well could’ve been voting on abortion-related legislation. And, that would’ve been based in part on his extremely flawed view of basic human biology.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM


America lost last night. The takers are fully in charge for the next, at least, 4 years. Laugh all you will but this is serious.

The takers were in charge for all eight of the Bush years too, and it very nearly wiped out the movement until the Tea Partiers and their 2010 counter-revolution in the form of primary fights against party establishment figures. The GOP is a part of the problem. Romney himself gave us RomneyCare, which became the very model for ObamaCare, so forgive me if I fail to wail in sack-cloth and ashes because some progressive jerk who wanted to pretend to be conservative just long enough to win the primaries, whose whole candidacy was premised on suppressing the Tea Partiers and social conservatives of his own base, and who was only ever going to lose anyway, lost mightily, lost worse than McCain in 2008 during a wave election.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

STOP all this dumping on HOT AIR.

Thats shooting the Messenger.
We lost. Suck it up, and figure out how to change the outcome.

Thats ALL you have- sure we hoped and wanted a different outcome but more Americans ALSO WANTED A DIFFERENT OUTCOME than what we want.

It does suck to be a minority.

The Ed’s of our world are the good guys.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Remember when Minnesota was going to turn red?

No, I don’t: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/oct-27-minnesota-moonlights-as-swing-state-but-ohio-and-virginia-are-more-crucial/

Alpha_Male on November 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Key – are you still around?

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM


I don’t want to hear this garbage about how Akin “wasn’t really Tea Party,” either. Tough. The Tea Party should have settled on one candidate in the primary instead of dividing between two and letting Akin slip through.

Yes, just as the Tea Partiers divided to allow an underperforming disaster like Romney slip through.

The Tea Partiers are a young movement. They can be forgiven for their mistakes. The GOP establishment is another story.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Tea Partiers and social conservatives of his own base, and who was only ever going to lose anyway, lost mightily, lost worse than McCain in 2008 during a wave election.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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Free Stuff and Vagyna’s. You can’t win against that. Evah.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Did Walker ramble on about “legitimate rape”? Nope!

wargamer6 on November 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Once only once.

Well twice if you include the House Bill he and Paul Ryan wrote.

Where were the calls for Paul Ryan to drop out?

You know legitimate as opposed to statutory where both partners are happy to be engaging in sex. What is the problem with that anyway? Can think of no better way to explain the kind of rape that traumatizes a woman so much she is unlikely to conceive.

I had no problem with his original statement. None what so ever. Well he could have said it better but other than that he was correct.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

It does suck to be a minority.

We were always a minority. What sucks is to be a politically ineffective minority whose own party establishment resists us even as they lecture us about how it would be wrong to run on our issues or develop candidates whose positions are consistent with our views.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Tea Partiers and social conservatives of his own base, and who was only ever going to lose anyway, lost mightily, lost worse than McCain in 2008 during a wave election.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Some lost some won. A bunch of Establishment Republicans also lost their Senate Races.

Point is every single Establishment Republican since Nixon lost. We nominate an Establishment Republican for President we assure the Democrat wins every single time.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Do you honestly think abortion was ever going to be on the legislative agenda? Mr. Akin is an idiot but his beliefs do not impact the average citizen. Obama believes in Global Warming/Climate Change, I think we are feeling the early effects of that lunacy already. As long as we allow the media to determine what we are suppose to think is important, last night is the results will happen over and over again.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The Tea Party is not a monolith but it was about fiscal matters. Broadening its agenda by different individuals was a mistake.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The Tea Partiers are a young movement. They can be forgiven for their mistakes. The GOP establishment is another story.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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The next R candidate will have to be a woman. With Hillary on deck- DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT trying to run a man in 2016.

The Vagyna campaign morphs into the 1st Woman President campaign in 2016.
So factor that in as well.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

So true and every Republican should be far more comfortable with Todd Akin in the Senate instead of Clair.

But sad fact is Establishment Republicans celebrated Clairs win.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Key – are you still around?

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

On email, yes.

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I don’t want to hear this garbage about how Akin “wasn’t really Tea Party,” either. Tough. The Tea Party should have settled on one candidate in the primary instead of dividing between two and letting Akin slip through.

Interesting, so when the Tea Party elects a bad candidate, it’s their fault, but when a bad candidate beats them, it’s also their fault. But it’s NOT the fault of weak candidates like Thompson when they lose their winnable races – then its the fault of conservatives too?

Both sides of the Republican failed miserably last night. This denial that the “Establishment” end of things has problems is only going to make your inevitable defeat to Cuomo or Clinton in 2016 worse.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM


Free Stuff and Vagyna’s. You can’t win against that. Evah.

Yes, at least Mr. Romney couldn’t, because Romney was compromised from the beginning with a history of free stuff and vaginas in the form of a massive state entitlement called RomneyCare which, as Romney himself argued during that first debate we all cheered about, covered birth control and abortions.

Good times, wouldn’t you say? Hey, do remember what happened to Bush in his second term? How he got arrogant and resentful of his own base? How he destroyed the fortunes of his own party? Just watch Obama now that it is Obama unleashed by the constraints of the discipline of electoral math.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

We were always a minority. What sucks is to be a politically ineffective minority whose own party establishment resists us even as they lecture us about how it would be wrong to run on our issues or develop candidates whose positions are consistent with our views.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Not always.

GW Bush had the House and Senate but he became more and more Establishment and gave complete control of Government to Obama.

Thank GW for Obama first term.

Thank Mitt for his second term.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

And, I’m not a guy. Why does everyone on here think I’m a guy? LOL

I’d like to know as we all sign off for the next two years.

I think it would be fun for Ed/AP/MKH/Erica to put up a post … Who’s who on Hot Air.

At least we can have a bit o fun. Just a thought.

Key West Reader on November 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

We now have a Democratic legislature with Dayton as governor for the next two years.

The trough is open. C’mon down ‘n git yer share a the feed!

This is not a joke.

Because when the last pail o’ slop is gone, it’s lights out, Minny.

So git yer’s while the gittin’ is good!

Bruno Strozek on November 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The next R candidate will have to be a woman. With Hillary on deck- DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT trying to run a man in 2016.

The Vagyna campaign morphs into the 1st Woman President campaign in 2016.
So factor that in as well.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I think it’s quaint that you think there will be an election in 2016. Laugh at that thought all you want but just wait. 4 more years of this group and the little ol’ 22nd Amendment will be reversed. Yea, last night was a victory for all that is bad.

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Both sides of the Republican failed miserably last night. This denial that the “Establishment” end of things has problems is only going to make your inevitable defeat to Cuomo or Clinton in 2016 worse.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

True but he was also right. The Tea Party nominated two candidates in the Primary. Todd Akin also ran and won by 6 points. He was too conservative for Sarah Palin. I never much liked him but he won fairly and every Republican should have supported him. Priebus really hated Akin and fought from the day he won to undo the will of the people. In the end the Establishment celebrated Clairs win. I hate Establishment Republicans that sabotage our candidates then celebrate their lost as if it was not their own fault they lost.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM


GW Bush had the House and Senate but he became more and more Establishment and gave complete control of Government to Obama.

Bush and his so-called GOP house and senate only returned more spending and more entitlements, no child left behind, the unfunded medicare prescription drug benefit and other medicare expansions.

We were still a minority in the Bush years. The GOP establishment is not our friend. It gave us Romney after all.

casuist on November 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

The emperor has no clothes!!!! You guys are all realizing it today. You think the MSM is biased? Look at the nonsense you were being fed from conservative blogs/news radio/ Fox News. You listened to people who were denying reality and confirming your own world view. You can not voluntarily live in a bubble and expect to understand what is really going on in the world.

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

C’mon, Zippy.

I’m the most realistic person here, but to deny there’s a gigantic MSM bias is blatantly dishonest and partisan on your part. Obama was openly rooted for by reporters/anchors.

So Conservatives have Fox and talk radio. You have ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, New York TImes, Wash Post, LA Times and the entire entertainment industry. It’s a slanted world that can influence the culture/voters and get any outcome they want.

It’s far from a level playing field.

gumbyandpokey on November 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I will admit to being more than a little tired of these unforced errors by people who should know full well what to expect but it’s just getting down right stupid. How do you make a campaign tactic out of the “binders full of women” misspeak? And have it be apparently successful.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Do you honestly think abortion was ever going to be on the legislative agenda? Mr. Akin is an idiot but his beliefs do not impact the average citizen. Obama believes in Global Warming/Climate Change, I think we are feeling the early effects of that lunacy already. As long as we allow the media to determine what we are suppose to think is important, last night is the results will happen over and over again.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

During a six year term, yes, I do believe Akin may have gotten a chance to vote on some abortion legislation. And the problem with that, to many, was that his vote would’ve been influenced by discredited science.

The other problem was that HE made the election about abortion by saying what he did. The media and the Left were already trying to distract with it, and he obliged.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Your fear of the overturning of the 22nd amendment is hereby seconded.

wolfsDad on November 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Talk about discredited science, how about those gas and grocery prices.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I will admit to being more than a little tired of these unforced errors by people who should know full well what to expect but it’s just getting down right stupid. How do you make a campaign tactic out of the “binders full of women” misspeak? And have it be apparently successful.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

It’s simple – the moron takers in this country outweigh the the non-takers. obambi reelected to 4 more years and the “crowd” cheers, the DOW goes down 310 points on that news and the “crowd” asks “what the he!! is the DOW”

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

unseen on November 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The GOP convention would have been a nice time for Romney INC to bring us all together.

Instead they laid down with Chris Christie, and well……

portlandon on November 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Yep. Appeal to indies and dis the base didn’t work.

SparkPlug on November 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Priebus really hated Akin and fought from the day he won to undo the will of the people.

I doubt Priebus hated Akin, but merely found him destined to be a Loser. And Priebus was proven right.

Do you honestly think abortion was ever going to be on the legislative agenda?

Senate confirmation hearing for a pro-life Supreme Court justice nominee. Then imagine, thanks to our media, every American knowing Todd Akin by name and knowing every syllable of his idiotic statement on a woman’s biology. Devastating to conservatism, to the pro-life movement, and to the GOP. A very big deal and a disaster.

shinty on November 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Even if they knew what it was, it’s part of evil capitalism and must go. I have to tell you, that as usual I think my family is going to be in the sweet spot. Enough to get by on and to little to try to steal. I don’t know for how long but I can watch this train wreck for a while.

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

shinty on November 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Then if that is true, it is obvious to all that social issues outweigh fiscal ones and while we are all circling the drain, we will rejoice in the fact that abortion on demand is safe. If Republicans want to get elected, they must become pro-choice. We must all be one on this issue. /

Cindy Munford on November 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Just popping in to say – get me out of this state ASAP.

I’m so angry today I am seeing red. Every conservative is in shock/angry around here today.

Back to lurking.

gophergirl on November 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

On a brighter note, Tennessee now has Republican super majorities in both houses of it’s legislature along with a Repub gov. The north south divide will soon reach 1860 proportions……

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

All Republicans must become pro choice? OK, as soon as the Dems become pro choice on gun ownership, health care, and how bout being pro choice on social security? No, didn’t think so…….

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I think we need some rebranding. Let’s drop any effort to revive the “Tea Party” label. It has too many negatives. Something else will show up for us to rally around.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

All Republicans must become pro choice? OK, as soon as the Dems become pro choice on gun ownership, health care, and how bout being pro choice on social security? No, didn’t think so…….

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

All pro-life Republican politicians need to learn to state their positions without making all of us look stupid and uncaring.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Just popping in to say – get me out of this state ASAP.

I’m so angry today I am seeing red. Every conservative is in shock/angry around here today.

Back to lurking.

gophergirl on November 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I feel for you gg. I’m licking my wounds today, but at least I live in a red state. I’m not sure how you do it! After today I am taking a big step back from politics for a while to focus on my sweet boys and live life to the fullest while our country is still recognizable. I will try my best to avoid having to look at or listen to Barky at all costs.

Take care. :)

Nikkia2112 on November 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It’s simple – the moron takers in this country outweigh the the non-takers. obambi reelected to 4 more years and the “crowd” cheers, the DOW goes down 310 points on that news and the “crowd” asks “what the he!! is the DOW”

VegasRick on November 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The stock market plummeted under Bush, it has almost doubled under Obama. The biggest effect of the election is that capital gains taxes are likely to increase next year. That is an incentive for some people to sell stock this year to pay a lower tax rate. It will be a perfect time for people on the sideline to scoop up stocks at a discount as the housing market and economy continues to improve.

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

All pro-life Republican politicians need to learn to state their positions without making all of us look stupid and uncaring.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I don’t know I always thought supporting killing the innocent helpless littlest in our society was pretty stupid and uncaring.

I swear we are truly through the looking glass…

melle1228 on November 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

On a brighter note, Tennessee now has Republican super majorities in both houses of it’s legislature along with a Repub gov. The north south divide will soon reach 1860 proportions……

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Yeppers, and that is why this born and bred girl from Illinois now lives in Tennessee and probably will until I die!

melle1228 on November 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

During a six year term, yes, I do believe Akin may have gotten a chance to vote on some abortion legislation. And the problem with that, to many, was that his vote would’ve been influenced by discredited science.

The other problem was that HE made the election about abortion by saying what he did. The media and the Left were already trying to distract with it, and he obliged.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Actually he and Ryan cosponsored Abortion legislation already.

Why do you not ask Paul Ryan to resign for his legitimate rape language in that bill?

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

This obsession over marriage is the problem. Gay marriage is a honey trap for the opposition, the young especially see it as the civil rights movement of their time. They showed up and proceeded to take down Voter ID and the entire GOP legislature.

Was it worth losing an entire GOP legislature and voter reform for some knuckleheaded culture warrior amendment to appease the bible-thumpers? (and which failed anyway?)

smiley on November 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Priebus really hated Akin and fought from the day he won to undo the will of the people.
I doubt Priebus hated Akin, but merely found him destined to be a Loser. And Priebus was proven right.

You would be wrong on that. The documentation was leaked. Priebus had a plan in place to handle any conservative candidate that dare win a primary. He implemented it completely.

Priebus and Romney are the two biggest reasons Akin lost. Simply a fact.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I don’t know I always thought supporting killing the innocent helpless littlest in our society was pretty stupid and uncaring.

I swear we are truly through the looking glass…

melle1228 on November 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Perhaps you don’t want to listen to me because I am pro-abortion, but please pay attention to the outcome of this election. I am not asking anyone to change their position on abortion. I am asking that pro-life politicians learn to state their position in ways that don’t hand victories to the Democrats. This is not an unreasonable request on my behalf.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Ed, Yesterday’s blowout had more to do with voter fraud than with main street turning against the GOP agenda. I wrote here about the counties with 95+ percent voter participation rates. Anyone thinking that these voter participation rates were the result of a great ground game by OFA or the appealing message of the DFL is kidding themselves.

It’s inevitable that I’ll be accused of sour grapes. That’s fine. I find it fascinating that As many votes were cast in Minnesota in this year’s presidential campaign as in 2008. What’s more fascinating is that 12,000,000 fewer votes cast than in 2008 & 8,500,000 fewer votes than in 2004.

But I’m supposed to believe that a statewide voter participation rate of 95% happened this time? I might’ve been born at night but it wasn’t last night.

LFRGary on November 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Priebus and Romney are the two biggest reasons Akin lost. Simply a fact.

Steveangell on November 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Wrong.

Akin lost because what he said about women’s bodies spontaneously shutting down unwanted pregnancies was scientifically indefensible – and politically suicidal for anyone who hoped to have a say in the Senate confirmation hearing of a pro-life Supreme Court justice. Politically and biologically ignorant. (Paul Ryan is definitely not in that boat.)

Akin helped drag down the entire party. (That’s why McCaskill spent ad money to help Akin win our MO primary… as you may have noticed, he’s got a rep for putting his foot in his mouth.) Akin got a lot of exposure, as I found out surfing cable in the last week or so…

There was Akin’s quote as a graphic on the Stephen Colbert show.

There was Akin, the subject of a segment on MSNBC. And on and on, I’ll bet…

Akin then further screwed himself and conservatives when he failed to step down and give the opportunity to another conservative with a chance to win.

Akin additionally contributed to the MSM narrative that pro-lifers are uninformed, backwards screwballs.

All across the state of Missouri Democrats won seats they should have lost, and I wouldn’t rush to assume that Akin didn’t play a role.

Akin lost because he’s a bad politician. And it’s all his own fault, not Mitt Romney’s.

shinty on November 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Ed,
I’m not trying to be argumentative but I don’t understand a certain mindset. This website has been harping against polls pooling with a + for Dems. But if the strong majority of registered voters is democrat we shouldn’t be surprised by the results of polls or this election. The “likely voters” argument doesn’t seem to have much weight after the sheer difference in number of registered voters and specifically after the results after this election.

What I’m getting at is this. After seeing for months on this website of all the stink about the polls being more in Romney’s favor it seems to be to optimistic to rely on that small portion of favorable polling results.

Have the results of other polls been left out on this website?

shick on November 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I think we need some rebranding. Let’s drop any effort to revive the “Tea Party” label. It has too many negatives. Something else will show up for us to rally around.

thuja on November 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Won’t work. Even if the “New Progressives” party is founded the liberals and media will do all they can to label them as crazy, racist, etc.

shick on November 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I worked as an election judge in a suburb of Minneapolis. My job was new registrations. We had 487 new voters out of almost 1800 total voters.(usually new registrations were between 100-150 previous elections) I am not saying there was voter fraud. Someone went to the low income/subsidized housing apartments and brought the people in. Am I a racist for saying that majority were black,muslim,or hispanic? I was amazed at how many U.S. citizens could not speak or read english.
In Minnesota, requirement is id with current address, or else picture id with utility bill for same day registration. I had several people tell me they could not change their drivers license address and also could not provide utility bill. Luckily(sarc), someone from their building was there and could vouch!

GOP needs a group to do the same.There was no one from republican party getting out the vote. We need better feets on the ground.

conservativegrandma on November 7, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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