Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Minnesota Caucus

Well, they’re over! It was fun last night. I attended the Democratic caucus for my town and there were five (5) – yes, I said FIVE – of us there!
by Charlie Leck

There wasn’t much excitement in the Democratic caucuses here in Minnesota. President Obama is a shoe-in our state among Democrats. So is our candidate for the U.S. Senate – current Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The excitement was over on the Republican side and Minnesota turned things topsy-turvy last night. Rick Santorum won here and Ron Paul finished second. Minnesota Republicans are not your normal, everyday kind of Republicans, you know. Keep in mind, this is the state that keeps reelecting Michele Bachmann to the House of Representatives and the unbelievable and ungifted Tom Emmer almost became our governor 15 months ago.

This is the Lake Wobegon state and those folks hold a million surprises at the ready. They sprung one last night and Mitt Romney is reeling from it all. It looks like Santorum also won in Missouri and Colorado and, suddenly, he is a viable candidate and Romney has got to rebuild himself. Fortunately, for all of us, I think, Mr. Gingrich didn’t do well in any of these states (he finished last in Minnesota) and his tail is now between his legs and he’s running around in circles.

Over in our Democratic caucus we finished our work in about 45 minutes and there was plenty of kidding around and laughter. We passed about six resolutions urging our legislature to get people to work and another that urged voters not to support the constitutional amendment that will be on our ballots this November that would redefine marriage as only that between a man and a woman.

How will the general election go in November? Remember, this is Minnesota and it is only your guess!

Well, the short caucus allowed me to go out to dinner with a couple of my good friends. We drove over to Birches in Long Lake. It’s a terrific little restaurant and, if you’re a local, you should give it a try. Try the Buckhorn Chicken! My, it’s good; and so are the steaks. We had some roasted brussel sprouts last night that were fantastic.

My spirits are buoyed this morning by the federal appeals court decision in California yesterday that struck down the ban on gay marriage in California (if you want to read about it, here’s a good story in the Washington Post). I’m sure it will be taken on to the Supreme Court. If the BIG panel decides to hear the case it is anyone’s guess as to how they will rule. Remember, this is the same court that gave us Citizens United!

Why not become a follower?
If you read my blog regularly, why not become a follower? All you have to do is click in the upper right hand corner and establish a simple means of communication. Then you'll be informed every time a new blog is posted here. If all that's confusing, here's Google's explanation of how to do it! If you don’t want to post comments on the blog, but would like to communicate with me about it, send me an email if you’d like.

No comments:

Post a Comment