Thursday, December 01, 2005

Well duh: winning in the west metro

"I don't want to get any messages saying, 'I am holding my position.' We are not holding [any]thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls...Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose..." —Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

Quick, what do Eva Young and George S. Patton, Jr. have in common?

They both have an insight into what it might take for west metro Republicans to start winning elections again. Said Eva:
One way would be to invest more resources into getting decent candidates to run in the Minneapolis districts. The problem with allowing Minneapolis incumbents to go without serious challenges, is it allows these incumbents to send their volunteers out to help with other campaigns.

With the DFL targeting even more wins in 2006 Gold Coast legislative elections, Republicans shouldn't be interested in just "holding on" to this House seat or even winning back that Senate seat. Competitive campaigns in "safe" DFL districts, even when we don't win, could have short- and long-term benefits statewide.

David Strom for Senate!


lloydletta said...

Thank you Matt. I've never been compared to Patton before. I grew up in Wisconsin, and Vince Lombardi, the legendary Packers coach always said "the best defense is a good offense." I'm no football fan, but that strategy makes lots of sense in politics.

Run some moderate, pro-choice, Log Cabin endorsed stadium tax opponents in the districts of DFL stadium tax supporters. There's going to be an open seat in senate district 58. The problem is the party machinery in Senate District 58 is some of the nuttiest out there. (I live in that Senate District and so does David Strom).

Recruit David Dayhoff to run in South Minneapolis in his district - and put some resources into the race. Find a decent congressional candidate for the 5th district, not an embarrassment like the person who ran the last time.

Matt said...

Hmmm. I wonder how a Craig Westover-type Republican would resonate with Minneapolis voters, with a Log Cabin Republican endorsement and an attitude like this: "Until conservatives are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for conservative solutions to social problems (not just serve lunch to each other to talk about them), liberals are going to step into the void and exploit social problems for political gains to the detriment of those they purport to help and to society in general."

lloydletta said...

I just went over and read Craig's latest. What will work in Minneapolis is a moderate republican - and that means moderate both fiscally and socially.

Any Republican who runs in Minneapolis has to also be very clear that they will aggressively represent an urban district.

Strong opposition to a stadium tax will help.