"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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"The era of small government is over ... government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." ( Tim Pawlenty 2006)

"You're just petty politicians, who'd sooner sign onto the wisdom of a tyrant in another country, than the demands of ticked off voters in your own." (Neil Cavuto June 2008)

“I didn’t question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment.” Mr. Cheney went on: “The point I made and I’ll make it again is that Al Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That’s their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we’ll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of Al Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it.” (Vice President Cheney NYT Feb. 2007)

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. (Ronald Reagan March 1, 1975)

"Oh, no! First of all, if I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." (Al Franken Time Magazine, 9/1/03)

Not Evaluating Strengths & Weaknesses

Sen. Dave Thompson sent the following letter to the MNGOP State Executive Committee today.

Dear Chairman Downey and Members of the State Executive Committee,

Thank you all for the incredible service you provide to our state, and to the Republican Party. As a candidate for governor, but more importantly, as a proud Republican and conservative, I’m heartened and excited by the party’s trajectory, and I know that 2014 will be a great year.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the State Central Committee Meeting on October 26. Until last week, I was told that, in addition to the business of electing a new National Committeeman, the agenda would include a forum or debate with all declared candidates for governor participating. Along with my fellow candidates, I was looking forward to a substantive discussion of the issues that are facing our state, and the chance to present ourselves to the Committee Members. Beyond canned speeches, a debate or forum gives these potential delegates the chance evaluate each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

Last week I was disappointed to learn that there would be no debate or forum. I am concerned that this decision was made without consultation or input from the candidates, and I believe that the State Committee meeting is the perfect time to hold a forum.

Forums, like the one scheduled for the State Committee meeting, give voters a chance to ask questions of candidates and compare and contrast the four of us. We know that voters appreciate the opportunity to hear from the candidates, and as a candidate, I always look forward to taking questions and discussing my views with voters and my fellow candidates.

I am therefore urging you to reconsider this decision, and reinstate the planned forum. I feel this is especially important in light of the straw poll that will be held in conjunction with the State Committee meeting. A forum will give straw poll voters even more information about each candidate, and help them judge who among us will be our strongest candidate to run against Mark Dayton in 2014.

Thank you again for your service to our Party, and I sincerely hope that you will reconsider your decision.


Dave Thompson

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