March 7, 2005


Pawlenty endorses Kennedy; Grams angered by 'third-world politics' (Dane Smith, March 8, 2005, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Gov. Tim Pawlenty this afternoon became the latest Republican leader to endorse U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2006, while former U.S. Sen Rod Grams unleashed a scorching attack on the party hierarchy for "kingmaker stuff" and "third-world politics" in attempting an early coronation of Kennedy.

Governor Bill Owens effectively took himself out of the presidential sweepstakes by losing too many races to Democrats in Colorade. Governor Pawlenty can put himself in it if he takes this seat for the GOP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2005 12:02 PM

Grams=loser. And he has a funny haircut, too.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at March 7, 2005 2:54 PM

Agreed. With Gutknecht bowing out it leaves Mark Kennedy as the logical choice. Unless Pawlenty himself throws his hat in -- something he already said he would not do.

Posted by: Gideon at March 7, 2005 3:21 PM

Grams ran a terrible race against Dayton who had been a laughable figure in Minnesota politics until his accidental win. He has had and blown his shot.

Posted by: Bart at March 7, 2005 3:56 PM

Owens certainly bears some of the blame for CO, but is mostly the victim of his own success.

His TBOR law set in place an effective downward ratchet on state spending. This model, if successful & followed by other states, would be the death knell of the Education Bureaucracy.

They had no choice but to kill it - so they did.
1. Campaign finance law changes favoring the left
2. Piles of money shipped in from Soros & teachers unions.
3. An amendment gaurantying a ratchet mechanism for education spending.


I wish the right would get this simple fact. OJ optimism, the current landscape, the positive trends for the right, etc....all will come to naught if we can't destroy the public education bureaucracy's massive power.

The good news is that it is possible, the bad news is no one is willing to invest in the necessary campaign to undermine their support.

We simply have to turn the soccer mom against the current education regime. If we don't, we can never be sure of any of our gains.

Posted by: BB at March 7, 2005 6:51 PM