Watchdog Weekly Email Update
September 4th, 2020
Quote of the Week: “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to, over the years, many times … as it turns out, that was the setup.”
Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi
Quote of the Week: “Given the threats to my home and my family, I’m gonna do everything to make sure that they are protected. I make no apologies whatsoever for that.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Quote of the Week: “My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving.”
Minneapolis Councilperson Andrea Jenkins
A hallmark of the continuum of totalitarian government (liberalism-socialism-communism) is the privilege of the elite, those who govern through unilateral control and fundamentally believe that laws are designed to control the great unwashed masses who deserve to be governed by an enlightened elite.
Whether we are talking the bucolic dachas of the Soviet Union, the tricked-out BMWs owned by the North Korean apparatchiks, or the gun toting security details of liberal politicians who despise private gun ownership, the cornerstone creed of these ruling elites is “Rules for thee, not for me.”
Such is the state of affairs in pandemic America, where the rule of law has been severely curtailed in the name of public safety, a universal and timeless excuse for government power grabs.
Across the Union, and in Minnesota, chief executives at the state and local level have imposed a form of martial law, imposing by fiat laws that were crafted in the total absence of legislative consideration and approval.
Witness Governor Tim Jong Walz ruling by fiat for over 170 days thus far, churning out over 80 executive orders under the auspices of a “peacetime emergency.”
Thus, it should be no surprise that this giant leap forward towards unaccountable government should be accompanied by an increase in brazen incidents of liberal privilege exercised by ruling elites.
While examples of this appalling and shameless behavior abound, three examples stand out.
The latest is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting busted for a hair coiffing in blatant violation of San Francisco’s strict prohibition against indoor appointments.
Laughably, Pelosi took no responsibility and showed no remorse for her liberal privilege, claiming that she didn’t know the rules and further blamed the salon owner for a “set up.”
While the substance of the privilege is minor, the principle is enormous.
Contrary to her lame excuse, she simply felt entitled to an activity denied to others.
She felt no compunction about living differently – and better – than people she claims to represent.
Example number two comes from the failed rat hole of Chicago, Illinois.
There, liberal mayor Lori Lightfoot, a staunch opponent of gun ownership, ordered law enforcement to establish a “no go” zone around her home, prohibiting entrance by the general public for any reason, including protests and marches.
The mayor who tolerates looting, rioting, and marching on the property of others refuses to tolerate it on her own property.
Like Pelosi, Lightfoot has absolutely no shame in claiming the privilege while thousands of her constituents suffer the lawlessness that shows the final failure of liberal governance.
And then there’s our home city, Minneapolis.
In the midst of the rioting and lawlessness that burned the city to the ground, we learned that some city council members somehow availed themselves of a private security detail – at taxpayer expense.
Think about that. At the same time thousands of Minneapolis residents were left to the mercy of a violent mob, three council members gave themselves the security and peace of mind that comes with a security detail.
Four legs good, two legs better!
HOW TRUMP WINS
Despite DFL protestations to the contrary, there is no doubt that Minnesota is in play this year.
In politics, as in life, all you need to do is follow the money.
Both presidential campaigns are investing significant resources in Minnesota and that’s all you need to know to confirm the hypothesis.
If Trump wins Minnesota this year, it is likely that these 5 factors fell in his favor.
One: Resources. Trump nearly won Minnesota in 2016 with no meaningful presence in the state. There was one staffer on the ground, who was sent to Colorado in early October.
This cycle, the Trump campaign is investing in Minnesota in a way no GOP presidential campaign has ever has.
Since early this year, the campaign has had field staff on the ground, running voter outreach programs, getting lawn signs installed, and coordinating with other GOP campaigns.
Today, there are about 80 of these full-time campaign veterans on the ground.
Millions of voter contacts have happened and thousands of lawn signs are out the door.
Sources tell the Watchdog that the campaign may spend upwards of $80 million by Election Day.
Two: The Pennsylvania plan worked. It’s not much of a secret that the Minnesota 2020 plan is built on the Pennsylvania 2016 plan. Simply put, the idea is to jack up turn out in Greater Minnesota while minimizing losses in the Metro. This plan is a departure from the traditional GOP template that Romney used in losing in 2012. That is, make the primary campaign strategy one of persuading moderate suburban voters.
The plan is a smart one as Minnesota has a large number of rural voters who fit the profile of a Trump voter. Moreover, the GOP is also pouring resources into the state’s three rural congressional districts. In fact, two of the three (1st and 7th) are targeted by the national party (1st hold and 7th pick up).
In the 8th District, Pete Stauber is poised to become the first Republican re-elected in NE Minnesota in 70 years.
In the 7th, Michelle Fischbach is a tier one candidate who has a great chance to flip the seat and send Colin Peterson packing.
In the 1st, incumbent Jim Hagedorn is facing a stiff challenge and is getting resources to help hold the seat.
All this activity will maximize Republican turnout where they want it.
Three: Party unity. In 2016, Trump won despite a bruising and draining primary that divided the party. This year, there is near universal unity, given that the choice is simply the policies of Trump or the policies of hidin’ Biden.
All resources expended by the Trump campaign have been strictly focused on winning the general election.
This development should provide a boost to Trump, especially in Minnesota, where nearly 150,000 voters in 2016 voted for either Johnson or McMullin. If those voters come home to Trump, that could provide the margin of victory.
Four: Is Biden Hillary or Barack? 2016 wasn’t as much about Trump as it was about Hillary. While Trump ran about even with Romney’s 2012 numbers, Clinton vastly underperformed Obama.
In other words, Trump didn’t jam in 2016 in Minnesota. Instead, Hillary was awful.
Can Biden boost the 2016 turn out? That remains to be seen. While Biden isn’t as reviled as Clinton (who is?), he still is seen as an establishment candidate and that may turn off the Bernie Bros and others who want to see full on communism.
Moreover, questions about Biden’s mental competence remain, despite what the media chooses to ignore.
If Biden continues to look feeble, incoherent, and irritable, he may lose voters who would otherwise be in his camp.
Five: The riots. There is no question that the riots are hurting Democrats. The Watchdog has spoken with DFL sources this week who confirm it. This is why we are seeing condemnation of the violence in way we didn’t before.
The real question is how long-lasting the damage is. Is the damage temporary, a fleeting blip from the summer? Or has the violence moved votes similar to the disastrous Wellstone memorial?
While the Wellstone event was close to Election Day, Minnesota also didn’t have early voting the way we do this year.
With absentee ballot requests being fulfilled soon, mid-summer events are now influencing votes in way they never had before.
Thousands of Minnesotans will soon cast their ballot for the November election.
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