Thursday, September 14, 2006

The happy warrior

Photo: John Wilson

Sue Jeffers meets with local bloggers, September 9, 2006. (Photo by John Wilson)

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. —Vince Lombardi

Sue Jeffers finished a distant second to Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Winning may be the only thing in football, but it isn't the only thing in politics. Jeffers ran a primary election challenge campaign that was marked by integrity, heart, class, conservative values clearly and unapologetically expressed, and most of all, Sue's always positive attitude and charm. Staying true to Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Amendment, "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican," she refused to trash Pawlenty, while making it clear where she disagreed with him. In on-air interviews and public appearances, she presented the conservative case with aplomb and a smile.

Local conservatives have not had such a charismatic, articulate, and passionate spokesperson to get excited about since Jason Lewis left the Twin Cities. With Lewis back and Jeffers likely to remain politically active (we hope), we may look back at 2006 as the year we got our groove back — regardless of who won the election.

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