“…and the Mn GOP is finally – FINALLY – getting around to the stadium issue.”
When the Twins needed a new stadium, the Vikings and Gopher football teams were told, in essence: “be patient; your turn will come” – and the Twins stadium got the necessary votes in the legislature.
When the Vikings and Gopher football teams needed a new stadium, the Vikings were told, in essence: “be patient; your turn will come” – and the Gophers stadium got the necessary votes in the legislature.
Now it’s the Vikings turn to have the votes held for the stadium they were told would be voted on, would they only be patient.
The GOP is in control of both the state House and Senate. Have been, for two years.
Now it’s coming down to the proverbial “4th quarter, less than two minutes to play” in this session – and there’s no lease on the Dome; nothing keeping the Vikings in Minnesota.
Why wait until the very end of this session, to take the vote everyone knew – KNEW – the Vikings were promised?
Simple, IMNSHO: The GOP couldn’t take the votes in the legislature before their senate district endorsing conventions were held, and the incumbent GOPers got their local endorsment.
Put their Viking stadium vote on the record, BEFORE endorsement?
Today’s tea-party crazies in today’s GOP would more than likely challenge incumbent GOPers voting for a stadium. And likely endorse a fellow Tea Party Faithful.
That’s my take: the GOP Legislatures delayed a vote for the Vikings to save their thin political skins.
After all, from an incumbent GOPer’s perspective, isn’t it better to be endorsed and then face a primary challenge, than try to primary an endorsed tea bagger?
The biggest problem with what looks like the GOP’s shallow, self-serving protect their political @rses strategy, is it puts them in a horrible position, negotiation wise: it’s fourth down, with less than two minutes to play…
…and Ziggy and the NFL Bigwigs are in town, and they have the ball.
Biggest losers? Citizens of the great State of Minnesota. Thanks, Senjem; thanks, Zellers!