Thomas Friedman: The election story as told by my hometown

  • Article by: Thomas Friedman , New York Times
  • Updated: October 31, 2012 - 5:18 PM

It may not be exactly the St. Louis Park that I recall, but it's one I can respect.

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goferfanzOct. 31, 12 7:28 PM

Wow. This is a very weak commentary. His whole premise is the Governor and 2 Senators are Dems, but with a switch of literally less than 4000 votes out of many millions, 2 of the 3 would be GOP. That would have been stunning for MN, as the GOP also now has both state houses. Really, can who take this author seriously when he omits basic facts like the mega-close elections?

aarghmebuckoOct. 31, 12 8:14 PM

Demographics are changing. St Louis Park is a good example of a successful urban city that is becoming more progressive as it ages. In contrast, the most conservative areas of the state are not doing well financially, are not adapting to change, are not growing, and are in a defensive, regressive, or conservative, mode. It is only a matter of time before the extreme conservativism movement trying to steamroll the state will wither and die.

johnmcfaddenOct. 31, 12 8:42 PM

the most salient fact about the "centrist Clinton" as you call him is that he was a centrist Because of Newt. That landslide in 94 changed Everything and Clinton decided he Had to move to the center or loose everything and now is regarded by both parties to be a successful President

JimmahOct. 31, 12 8:51 PM

SLP is a great town. Friedman, however, underestimates the inroads the Tea Party zealots have made in state politics.

twin1toddOct. 31, 12 8:59 PM

But,Pres. Obama never had the chance to be a centrist because a spiteful and jealous Republican party,driven by the fringe,said no to any bi-partisan action from day 1.How sad for our country.But,I love "little" Tommy Friedman and his views on the world and I find out he graduared the same year I did.Me from Roosevelt.I did not write for the NYT.

raylottieOct. 31, 12 9:14 PM

The Tea Party stands for fiscal restraint, and libertarians for limited government. Not sure how those ideas became "hard right." I was a '65 Henry grad. We had higher SAT's.

gopher68Oct. 31, 12 9:42 PM

raylottie, those ideas became hard right when the so-called limited-government republicans intertwined them with social issues like constitutionally banning gay marriage and setting up a statewide voter ID operation. I don't see many tea partiers or republicans, for that matter, opposing either amendment, like those in favor of limited government would.

maddyinmplsOct. 31, 12 9:44 PM

I thought this was a weak piece. Friedman is a patronizing egotistical man. He doesn't have a clue how the country really works, outside NYC and his first-class airfare lifestyle.

mrhandsOct. 31, 1210:12 PM

Thomson Friedman and his energy-hogging million dollar mansion and the fact he doesn't not acknowledge his hyporcracy is an example of what is wrong with the Democratic party. As if they are not extreme like the current GOP.

braxozOct. 31, 1210:31 PM

maddyinmplsOct. 31, 12 9:44 PM I thought this was a weak piece. Friedman is a patronizing egotistical man. He doesn't have a clue how the country really works, outside NYC and his first-class airfare lifestyle._______________ Three Pulitzer Prizes, an M.Phil. in Middle Eastern studies from Oxford, living in Israel and Lebanon, covering the White House for the New York Times - sure sounds like he doesn't understand how things work as well as you do.


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