We all remember the failed campaign of Priscilla Lord Faris. She ran a dirty and unimpressive campaign against US Senator Al Franken.
Her story and her campaign was the focus and a highlight of a conservative blogger.
Now in 2009, the names and the races have changed, but the tactics haven't.
Note to Dr Maureen Reed or Team Reed...
Getting your talking points displayed front and center at MDE does nothing for you. In fact, it ticks off a significant portion of the DFL base, the group you will need to win in the 6th.
“I know what independents think. I know what’s important to them. We know where they live, and we can speak directly to them,” said Reed. “In the 6th district, our DFL cannot win if it only gets DFL votes.”Ok Dr Reed, in 2006 on the back end of Peter Hutchinson's ticket, you garnered a whooping 6.4%. In the 6th, you received 5.9% of the vote. Let me guess, Peter Hutchinson drug the ticket down right? With nearly 30% of the State and the 6th identifying themselves as independent, it seems you fell significantly short.
We've heard the argument before. A strong liberal cannot win in the 6th, that a more independent voice would shine through in the 6th.
In 2002, a moderate socially conservative DFLer ran against Mark Kennedy and lost...big time.
In 2004, liberal Patty Wetterling closed to within 8 points of Mark Kennedy, garnering 46% of the vote.
In 2006, Wetterling lost to Michele Bachmann, with the majority of the blame falling on a poor campaign.
2008, moderate Elwyn Tinklenberg lost to Bachmann by about 3 points.
My point is this, no one other than a Republican has won in the 6th since Bill Luther, which had only a portion of the district as it's encompassed now. Liberal, moderate, etc...all campaigns have failed. Reeds assertion that she can win as a moderate is unfounded.
Reed running as a moderate, lobbing verbal bombs at State Senator Tarryl Clark will do nothing to help her in the 6th.
If either candidate cannot run an effective campaign, the race in the 6th will be over.
Which is why many of us support Senator Clark. She's been through some rather tough races in the past, she's persevered. We know where Clark stands, we cannot say that for Reed, much like the failed Lord Faris campaign. No one knew where Lord Faris stood on the issues and the same holds true for Dr Reed.
Will Reed come out and denounce the MDE post?
We'll be watching closely...