Minnesotans try to sort out the lessons of election '08

  • Article by: PATRICIA LOPEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 5, 2008 - 10:48 PM

Republicans take some solace in blocking a veto-proof state House majority, while the Obama triumph should give Minnesota more influence in the new Congress.

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howdoodieNov. 5, 0811:24 PM

It ain't over yet, pal. But here's a couple of thoughts for both parties: "Use your freakin' heads for once and don't assume you are all that. Repubs, don't pick the female equivalent of Dan Quayle as a VP candidate. Dems, if you idiots had picked someone other than....anyone other than....a laughingstock we would have unseated Coleman.

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gladyselmerNov. 5, 0811:48 PM

...you got what you wanted. Enjoy your terror attacks and partial birth abortions.

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MurlzNov. 6, 0812:02 AM

You are kidding, right? Apparently you missed everything that Biden said on the campaign trail. I will be happy to post and source them if you want. He was a gaff machine - they had to pull him from the circuit. Palin outperformed Biden without question. I do agree, Coleman, who was and is no Conservative, was vulnerable. But the fact that the Dems picked him should tell you something about the Dems and where they want to take this country.

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talketteNov. 6, 0812:48 AM

Yeah right! If you believe that the MN Democrats want to build coalitions with Republicans, I've got a position on the Clean Water Legacy board to sell you. Oh wait, State Sen. Ellen Anderson will sell it to you. As Sertich says, they've got the largest majority in the State legislature in 30 years and NO history of being "bipartisan". Minnesota has a $30 billion bianium budget and anytime anyone talks about slowing spending increases, Democrats cry "Don't cut our funding!"

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BigPeteNov. 6, 08 4:45 AM

The first lessons for the Republicans are that it doesnt pay to take the high road and be honorable especially when dealing with Chicago thug politicians. The GOP cannot count on the media to do their job. The GOP should always go after the money instead of agreeing to limit their finances just so their opponent can back out. The greatest lesson so far is that in most places where conservative values were on the ballot they won. Just look at the gay marriage bans that passed

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oldblue48Nov. 6, 08 5:11 AM

It will not be long before people realize the mistake they made. Voting for more government intervention in their lives will come as a slap n the face as their tax money will be taken to pay for all the grandiose programs promised by the Dems (many of which they will not be able to keep due to the economy). A nation with their hands out taking from a few who have struggled to succeed. I am bewildered at the will of the American people to make their own decisions without the intervention of government to decide for them what is best in their lives and if by chance they make to much, to take that achievement away and give it out to those who seek to have their car loans and mortgages paid by someone else. It is a sad turn of events in America and I feel badly for my children and their future.

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HoneyDogNov. 6, 08 5:26 AM

I hope you are all prepared to go back to a much more primitive way of life. When the economy totally collapses because of your short sited tax them into oblivion tactics, and takes down the world economy with it. Are you prepared and able to grow your own veggies, hunt for your own meat, and have the skills to maintain your own home without relying on big brother to come do it for you? You better be, because I'm not going to help you now that you've forced what will be the inevitable collapse.

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davidrhaasNov. 6, 08 6:11 AM

Once you get started with gov't intervention how do you stop it? Answer: You Can't! Voters will keep voting for bigger gov't unless we stop it now. Because once they get that 500.00 check from the gov't, they're not going to vote against it in the future. Republicans need to go back to their core values - Less spending, Less Gov't and we need to include all on the discussion. We tried for the last 8 years to outspend the Democrats - what did it get us? nothing. That's why people flocked to the democrats - At least they have a plan (increase taxes) to pay for everything. What do we have? Nothing - except spend more.

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mnhusker4Nov. 6, 08 6:30 AM

I heard a lady from Brazil on the radio yesterday who was dead on with her views. She is very concerned about the direction our country is going. We can't allow our government to get too big because we will lose our freedoms. Freedom made this country great and now we are becoming greedy and we look to the government to bail us out of everything. Big government is the problem, not the solution. I'm guessing that people will figure this out the next 4 years.

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CullenNov. 6, 08 7:27 AM

America has selected the promised comforts of more government over more liberty. Wow.

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