… Well, that is not really what the former Democratic opponent of Wackaloon Bachmann said, but he might as well have. As is being reported generally and nicely summarized on DMB, Tinklenberg, who will be running for Michele “The Congresswoman” Bachmann’s seat, has publicly announced that he will seek election even if he is not endorsed by the DFL.
“Huh?” you say? Well, if you are not from Minnesota you may not know about our stupid-ass system for selecting Democratic candidates. Well, most Minnesotans don’t understand it either, but we do know this: If you are a Democrat and you run for the nomination of your party, and don’t get it, you can keep running. Therefore, we often end up with more than one Democrat running for the same office, which pretty much is the same as electing a Republican.
Elwyn Tinklenberg has apparently decided that his presence in the electoral process is more important than replacing Michel Bachamann with a DFLer (oh, that’s what we call “Democrats” here in Minnesota … Democratic Farm Labor).
I have not made a final decision yet, but there is a pretty good chance that on this basis, Greg Laden’s Blog will not be endorsing or supporting El Tinklenberg. As a rule, I prefer not to support candidates who ruin it for everyone. Also, given Tinklenberg’s inability to beat Bachmann given the events of the last election, I’m not so sure he is worth supporting now. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that his abysmal failure has not resulted in a modicum of humility.