"The Red Star," aka the supposedly liberal Star Tribune, is continuing to play out DFL governor candidate Mark Dayton's disclosure about his depression — but in a way that reads more "Red State" than commie conspiracy.
"Everybody in town knew that some Democratic candidate had planned to use it against him," said Sarah Janecek, a GOP strategist and director of political coverage for Politics in Minnesota. "The game right now is the DFL endorsement. It's not a pretty time in politics."
Did you get that?
In case you didn't, the story quotes another operative, Ben Golnick, former executive director of the Minnesota GOP and regional director of the McCain campaign, for the scoop on what other unnamed DFL opponents were planning to do.
This is political jiu jitsu at its finest.
The GOP gets to float all the negative messages about Dayton by ascribing them to backstabbing DFLers and non-existent push polls. They aren't saying anything bad about Dayton, understand. It was his own terrible party that was going to do it.
Of course, now that the news is out, the claims will never be tested. And this story, without any confirmation that a plot was in the works, will stand. Talk about immaculate innuendo.
Then, just for a little icing, it concludes by comparing Dayton's non-secret with the revelations about Jon Grunseth's teen hot tub encounter (skipping over the mistress part) and Matt Entenza's oppo research on Mike Hatch. At least the latter "secret" is semi-germane, since Entenza is now in the governor's race.
Janecek is well-connected and may even be right. But saying "everybody in town knew" is not the same as putting a name with "some" Democratic candidate. And if she knew, presumably PIM would run it first.
Instead, it ran this:
“Mark Dayton now has the news for probably at least the next two weeks,” Schultz says. “Nobody will be talking about anything else; the debate shifts to him and his qualifications for office during a normally slow news time.
“Most reporters probably wouldn’t be covering politics at this point, and now he has the opportunity to capture the news for a couple of weeks.”
Until the GOP propagandists grab it back.