Exposing Mark Dayton
To Hugh Hewitt and America, we’re sorry about Sen. Mark Dayton. His performance today in accusing Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Dick Meyers of attempting to “withhold the truth from the American people” by surpressing information was political grandstanding at its worst. Although none of us voted for him, he's our Senator. He’s ours, we got him, and we apologize.
But, truth be told, a majority of Minnesota citizens didn’t actually vote for him. This trust fund millionaire and political dilletente only won 49% of the vote in the 2000 election. Moribund Republican Rod Grams got 43% and Jim Gibson of the ego driven Indpendence Party (Jesse Ventura’s outfit) got 6% and handed the election to a lightweight with the big name (Dayton's department stores are a local cultural institution).
Nevertheless, he was elected under our watch and we take full responsibility. As the Elder shows above, we have been doing our best to chronicle his odd tenure riding the back benches of the Senate since arriving in Washington. Since he’s not up for re-election for another 2 years, I’m sure there’s more to come.