This is going to be harsh.
I resisted saying it before, but I'll say it now. The support Patty Wetterling got from the Democratic National Congressional Committee turned a borderline candidate into a loser. The result is that the 6th CD will be represented by Michele Bachmann, a far inferior candidate — imagine being inferior to a borderline candidate! — who will be an embarrassment to the state.
Bachmann accomplished exactly nothing in the state legislature, while alienating many. She will do even less in Washington. At least she has prayer breakfasts with Marilyn Musgrave and frozen yogurt runs with the President to look forward to.
Having Bachmann and John Kline as the state's Republican representatives will eventually be a gift to the DFL — and to Steven Colbert. But right now, in the flush of an overall strong showing, it goes down hard. Losing to losers.
Wetterling was a feel-good candidate who still would have lost to Coleen Rowley in a charisma run-off, and to Dick Franson in a debate. Her nice "I'm not like other candidates" was factually correct, but not that appealing. Sort of like Michael Jackson's "I'm not like other guys" in "Thriller." Um, okay. Pass.
And still she could have won until some geniuses came up with the negative ads. Running negative ads against Bachmann is like offering to do H&R Block's taxes. Like selling "I'm with stupid t-shirts" to Dick Cheney. Like pitching RuPaul a free subscription to "Men's Health."
Just not necessary.
And now I'm sitting here missing Elwyn Tinklenberg.