Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Political Poker

Conservatives who live in blue areas of the country like to argue about who has it worse when it comes to their political representation. For example, James from Folsom can make a pretty strong argument that living in California is as bad as it gets while those of us who live in close proximity to Minneapolis or St. Paul can stake a valid claim to being as ideological unrepresented by our elected leaders as anyone.

So I’ve decided to come up with a little game to make this battle over who’s got it worse more interesting. It won’t necessarily settle the matter definitely, but it will help better define the parameters of the comparisons that are being made. Let’s call it political poker.

The rules are simple as is the determination of a winner. You get a hand of the seven leaders who represent you (alternative name “Seven Card Dud”). The worse hand wins. To start with, everyone has President Obama and Vice President Biden in their hand. Consider them the jokers and you better believe that they’re wild. Then, you get to choose the other five leaders in your hand. They represent your state, congressional or legislative district or even your city. For example, if you live in California or Minnesota you might want to pick both your US Senators. Those in other states may opt for different selections.

As I’ve mentioned before, I think I’ve got a pretty tough hand to beat. I’d be willing to take on all comers to try to top this:

Amy Klobuchar-US Senator
Al Franken-US Senator
Mark Dayton-Minnesota Governor
Keith Ellison-Congressman MN 5th District
Ryan Winkler-State Representative MN 44B

From top to bottom, that’s a winning hand. No need for me to draw any more cards. You think you got it worse? I call.