Endorsements muck it up for the parties

  • Article by: BEN GOLNIK
  • Updated: November 11, 2012 - 5:12 PM

In its postmortem, the GOP, certainly, should put the process on the table.

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northhillNov. 12, 12 6:36 AM

Rudy Perpich,Arne Carlson, and Mark Dayton have all become governor without their party's endorsement.That should tell you something Mr Golnik.They all chose not to seek the party endorsement and go right to the primary.The voters chose Dayton in 2010 in the DFL primary.Neither party wants to give up their endorsing conventions.The extremists and special interests want endorsing conventions.They will be around for a long time .

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docgeddyNov. 12, 12 7:14 AM

Voter (suppression) ID amendments, the national convention's treatment of Paul supporters, now this endorsement revision...do Republicans have a problem with democracy? Re-jigger the process all you want, but the real problem is that the Republicans' little bag of ideas is empty.

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mardajeNov. 12, 1210:07 AM

One important aspect of these conventions is not just the endorsing of a major state candidate, but the amendment of the state platform. "Ron Paul delegates", including myself, are longtime Republican voters who want to bring the party back to fiscal conservative, limited government principles. We want to save this party - and that means being willing to set aside a Saturday or drive an hour or two to St. Cloud or be active in a local groups to be engaged in the process. The party management in recent hasn't even been shown to be fiscally responsible. The Republican Party (here and nationally) needs to realize that it's not the messenger and it's not the process, it's the message.

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hawkeye56379Nov. 12, 1210:13 AM

The idea that Bills was a product of a bad endorsement process is just nonsense. The GOP had no top flight candidates willing to oppose Klobuchar because it was obvious long ago that whoever ran against her would be embarrassed at the polls.

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mstebbinNov. 12, 1212:55 PM

Mr. Golnik, whose job it was to steamroll the Ron Paul delegates in 2008, has an ax to grind and fails to mention that both the Emmer and Bills campaigns were run by the party establishment.

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matermeaNov. 12, 12 3:24 PM

Ben Golnik, please name for us a campaign that you have managed that has won? Hint: there isn't one. Another drubbing in CD8 this year brought to you by Golnik, the best and brightest the MNGOP has to offer.

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josephisNov. 13, 12 9:59 AM

I think Ben Golnik was a deeply flawed executive director of the Republican Party in Minnesota.

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jonshayNov. 13, 1210:48 PM

What's with the GOP trying to change the rules all the time? Constitutional amendments that would never pass through our great state legislature and now intraparty rule tinkering? This is loser talk. Get your candidate and get organized. The reason all these Republicans that you so greatly fear are coming out of the woodwork is a vacuum of leadership, not a faulty endorsement process. We are going to keep getting thumped until we wake up.

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maddyinmplsNov. 14, 1210:23 AM

Ben Golnik is a shameless self-promoter who loses almost every race he touches. Why MN media use him as a GOP analyst is a mystery. The only subject matter he knows well is his own ego.

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