I was at a backyard BBQ last night for a Minnesota Senate hopeful next election, and a Senior Republican official was in attendence. I had a chance to talk with him/her about the results of the legislative session and got and unofficial opinion.
The conservatives got nothing!
It was an off the record comment, but everyone in attendence agreed. There was little victory in this session for the Right. The only true winners of the special session deal in this blogger’s opinion were the State workers. The deal was rushed by the Republicans at any cost so that Pawlenty would be less harmed by the State workers being out of work, and the DFL just stood there and let the GOP keep moving the bar closer and closer to them.
There were a few glimmers of hope from the session, but no real meat and potatoes for the conservative base of the Republican Party.
I would advise all people who are actively criticizing all the Republicans, (just like me), to call up some of them and talk to them about the session. Let them know face to face or by phone call how you feel. They would like to and should hear from us.
It is no excuse for their votes, but it should be acknowledged that they were dealing with a compulsive liar who repeatedly shook on or agreed to deals, and then backtracked on them. The guy would tell the press they are working for a deal as we speak, and then run into the Senate and close the session with still hours remaining to avoid the shut down. This guy said he was out of town on official Guard duty, but it turns out he was at an awards ceremony with his friend while the State workers’ jobs hung in limbo. The guy had no intention of a fair session. He repeatedly renigged on verbal agreements, lied to the press, and played dirty partisan tricks for political gain.
That man was Dean Johnson. He is the real culprit of this terrible deal. He deserves far more blame than any Republican, no bones about it. I’d like to see as strong of attacks against him as there is against Pawlenty and the other Republicans. He actually deserves the blame for the session outcome. Because single handedly he made it all happen.