Is El Tinklenberg perfect? No, but the MN-06 is the 2nd most Conservative District in the State (CPVI = R +5). Nonetheless, he has a chance to beat one of the craziest Republicans in the House and thats important.
Freaking out about the RBC is ridiculous. Clinton had more supporters on the committee. In the end, one of her top supporters, Don Fowler, voted for each of the solutions, solutions that the state parties of Michigan and Florida both accepted.
The primaries were flawed, the committee realized that and did the best they could to fix the situation.
In the end, the State parties got their proposed solutions (at half strength) and will have all of their delegates seated in Denver. Maybe next time around, they'll abide by the rules from the beginning.
The problem in 2002 was that Senator Wellstone died just 11 days before the election. With so little time, all the DFL could do was p, which is rare unless the person has run a state-wide campaign previously. So even though there was some pretty good young talent, someone like Mondale was the only viable option.
Obama is not Phleger, he is not Wright, he is his own man.
Guilt by association is ridiculous.
We're electing someone to the highest office in the land and one of the most powerful positions in the world. How about we concentrate on policies and governing philosophies instead of personal associations.
The "young and healthy" aren't choosing not to be covered. They're not covered because they don't have employment that offers those benefits and are too old to still be covered by parents. I know as someone who has many friends who fall under that very category.
This whole idea that young healthy people don't want insurance is ridiculous. No one wants to gamble with their health. Mandating that people who aren't covered get covered won't do anything to solve the problem. If anything, it will force people into buying the crappiest health insurance plans available that only cover catastrophic illness, leaving the U.S. population just as unhealthy and lining the pockets of insurance companies.
MN is not a swing state. Kerry won by 3.5% and Gore only won by less because Nader got over 5%. The state hasn't voted for the GOP presidential candidate since '72 and thats not going to change any time soon. The GOP had a good year in 2002 and its been all down hill since then. The DFL has taken massive majorities in the state house and senate, taken all constitutional offices besides governor, picked up a U.S. Rep, and won a blowout for an open U.S. Senate seat.