"The GOP needs to get an 'early bird' identified like yesterday to run for Amy's seat. Failure to do so will allow Ms. Hotdish to once again become a Bar-B-Que queen by smoking the GOP in November of 2018."
Currently, people are lining up on both sides of the political fence to be the next Governor of Minnesota. There are some good people on both sides who are committed to take this year plus campaign journey. I happen to think the GOP has better people than the DFL, but that is just me. We even have two very qualified GOP candidates running for Attorney General. But the silence is deafening on who is going to dethrone Minnesota's "Ms. Hotdish". That would be Senator Amy Klobuchar who up for re-election in 2018.
Last time around, the GOP put up a tepid candidate who ran a tepid campaign. Because of that, Amy smoked him big time. A total waste of time and money. In the opinion of many (including me), Franken was very vulnerable and beatable in his last election. But again, the GOP put up another tepid candidate running another tepid campaign. Sad.
November 2018 will be here before we know it. I know, there are Washington whispers about Amy Kolbuchar maybe running for President in 2020. And she would be tough to beat should she decide to run. But that is down the road. First things first. My opinion, as a political novice, is simply this - whoever on the GOP is going to run for the Amy Senate seat, should have declared months ago and already be organized and the campaign running.
Is it possible the GOP could let Amy run un-opposed? Or is the GOP going to find a "sacrificial lamb"? Someone who knows he or she would get waxed and not care. My preference would be to have a real candidate, with a real message, and a real campaign team step forward. Is Amy beatable? Sure, everyone is. But to beat a Senator who is one of the most popular Senators in the nation, with a favorable rating of 63% and unfavorable of only 26%, the road to victory will be rocky and steep.
What say you MN GOP? This next election the GOP will have the chance to not only hold Congressional Districts 2, 3, and 6, but they also could also pick up 1,7, and 8. Okay - 8 might be a stretch, but 1 and 7 certainly are not. Is that the strategy of MN GOP? To try and run the table on congressional seats (save the unwinnable 4 and 5) and then cede the two senate seats? Seems so. What say you Jennifer?
This summer is a "dipping the toe in the water" year for the declared candidates. Next summer will be a whole different story. The silly season will be in full force. However, being a bird watcher, I still like the old saying, "The early bird catches the worm". The GOP needs to get an "early bird" identified, like yesterday, to run for Amy's seat. Failure to do so will allow "Ms. Hotdish" to once again become a Bar-B-Que queen by smoking the GOP in November of 2018.