"I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it!"
As a very wild child, I sure this was uttered many times, jokingly of course.
Whether I was tearing up the house on my Big Wheel or tearin up roads as a teenager, I certainly deserved the admonishment I received and am fearful of the day I have kids!
I never imagined the initial phrase would be relevant to any political campaign, much less any political campaign I supported.
As a blogger in the 6th, I have become accustomed to the ever changing staff of Congresswoman Bachmann. For many of us, it's a sign of instability. A sign of weakness in our Congresswoman.
The same thing holds true for Bob Olson.
One staff defection can be expected.
Two defections are typical.
Three defections make me wonder.
Four or more in the span of 6 weeks is a significant problem.
Only those on a Rush Limbaugh vicoden induced high can't see the writing on the wall.
The free ride stops today.
The past 6 months we've spent some considerable time exposing Elwyn Tinklenberg. Agree or disagree, his past as a lobbyist and at MnDOT will be used against him in the general election. If Tinklenberg sufficiently answers these questions, amongst others, he will better position himself in the general election.
Olson on the other hand, has really not had to answer a lot of questions and virtually no tough ones.
His experience as a tax attorney and banker should resonate well with moderate voters in the 6th. Unfortunately, Olson has failed to really deliver a solid message to delegates and voters alike, a message grounded in the real problems across the 6th: Healthcare, the Economy/Mortgage crisis, Iraq, and Education.
It's easy to blame staff for these mistakes, and surely some mistakes have been made by paid and unpaid staffers.
However, staff cannot be blamed for a candidates failure to deliver a speech on message.
The buck stops...over there.
As a former candidate, I know the importance of the stump speech. My first couple of stump speeches, well, sucked. They didn't suck because of who wrote them, they sucked because I failed to deliver them properly.
After two weeks or so, we got the speeches down, 2, 5 and 10 minute speeches for different occasions, all on message, just with different lengths.
9 months into a Congressional race, follwing a US Senate race, this is still a major liability for the Olson campaign. It was clear at the Wright County Breakfast of Champions, an event where three local House candidates, two Congressional candidates, and a State Senator spoke, that Olson delivered the worst speech of the 6.
I've criticized Elwyn Tinklenberg for this before and I'll criticize Bob Olson for it now.
You cannot run on holding Congresswoman Bachmann acountable when you will not allow yourself to be held accountable. It's a recipe for failure.
The Startribune and St Cloud Times will not run the obituary, but like a carcass on the side of the road, the Olson campaign is dead.
Many have kindly tried to take a shovel and simply move the carcass off the road without anyone noticing.
But as the stench of the rotting carcas grows stronger, a quiet and graceful exit is no longer an option.
Much my my chagrin, Elwyn Tinklenberg is our candidate in the 6th.
The time has come to unite around one candidate to defeat Michele Bachmann in the fall.