Hot and sweaty night here at the Wright County Outpost...
It was a pretty interesting day to say the least. Woke up this morning to my good friend Chris announcing his opportunity to work of Dean Barkley's US Senate campaign. I think it's a great fit for Chris and the campaign.
Watching the crap between Norm Coleman and Al Franken brings out my strong independent streak. While the majority of this blog criticizes conservatives and, in general, politics from the Republican point of view, the inside baseball in these races and in the Congressional Districts gets to you.
I remain staunchly liberal on social issues. I deny an label of being "fiscally conservative". I choose to discuss where I am fiscally as "fiscally responsible", neither liberal nor conservative.
I've found some conversations I have had with a good number of friends recently as disturbing. It seems that since some of my friends are not liberal enough, or have opinions that are contrary to some in leadership positions, that they have been pushed out by local party leaders.
This is very problematic for a Democratic Party in Greater Minnesota. Instead of being a party that embraces diversity of thought and opinion (if you bucked Elwyn Tinklenberg earlier in the year or have not swallowed a couple of gallons of the Al Franken kool-aid) you are persona non grata amongst "leadership".
It's sad and disturbing. Leadership has no idea what they are doing, no grasp of party building out here.
Whether it's pulling apart a strong county unit or pushing other strong, supportive workers out, the political climate out here is changing.
What they have done, is disenfranchise a growing number of moderates who will begin work for Independent candidates.
Hence, I am supporting Dean Barkley and his run for US Senate. (Dean Urdahl is probably pleased that another Dean made the blog...don't worry Mr Urdahl, we'll have some fun posts for you coming soon!)
Watched Michele Bachmann debate Congressman Inslee and other Democrats at a New Orleans Energy Forum tonight.
I'll tell you how entertaining it was...I turned the channel from C-SPAN earlier and Bluewoman wanted me to turn it back.
Yep, I watch Jon and Kate Plus Eight with her and now she watches C-SPAN with me. With the wedding coming up in about 3 months, it's a pretty cool addition to our joint activities together...it's a strength area right...
Oh yeah, we got wedding bands this weekend too...not the kind you listen to either!