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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-11 07:10 AM
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67. I'm going to get on here again and encourage people to think long and hard about their political
Edited on Wed Apr-13-11 07:17 AM by Brickbat
support for this guy.

When he ran for governor in Minnesota, many people were interested in what he had to say because he was such a break from the "politics as usual" feel the race had with Hubert H. Humphrey III and Norm Coleman. If he didn't understand something, he said so. If he had an opinion, he said so. People like that, as evidenced by this thread.

But after he was governor, it became clear that while he liked the idea of making statements and having opinions, he really hated the idea of governing. He was contemptuous of the state House and Senate and seemed disappointed he wasn't king.

He ran on many ideas that sounded great: reducing class sizes, increased funding for secondary education, gay rights, and so on -- lots of things I believe in. In office, though, he was an embarrassment -- whining about the media, demanding extra security for his family, shutting down the governor's mansion (putting many state workers out of a job), abandoning the class-size idea, overhauling property taxes in a way that was devastating for school districts in vacation areas, running down the surplus by giving citizens tax refunds, and so on.

He very much came across as a "governing is harrrrrrrrd!" type person and for all his "I'M A NAVY SEAL!" swagger, he is very thin-skinned and defensive.

If he runs and splits the vote on both sides like he did in Minnesota, I will FREAK OUT. I can't believe we're even having this conversation.

ETA: I understand it when Republicans elect people who hate the idea of government, but I was shocked that "independents" and Democrats would do it, too.
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