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Note to Minnesota: Tom Emmer hates you

by Joe Bodell on September 28, 2009 · 2 comments

To the 55% of Minnesotans who voted for Barack Obama last November: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer hates you.

“I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat,” Emmer said. “I don’t think that’s a grassroots Democrat who says now ‘That’s not what I voted for, this isn’t the America I want.’ It’s the leaders of the Democrat party.”

While Emmer said political pundits said the Republican Party was dead after the last presidential election, the ideals and principles of the party are not dead.

The principles of self-determination, the right to make decisions and the right to achieve will resonate with voters and are what the state needs to return to for growth and prosperity, Emmer said.

“My name is Tom Emmer, and this big ‘R’ after my name is a God-given license to be a jackass.” Of course, that whole self-determination thing stops when we’re talking about civil rights or what committed couples do in their bedrooms, but that’s neither here nor there.

The question is whether or not Minnesota demands an apology from Tom Emmer for his complete lack of respect for his fellow Americans. Such an apology is certainly richly deserved — unlike any kind of leadership role for Tom Emmer in the future of Minnesota.


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