Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Misreporting about Al Franken

Some have been reporting that Al Franken has secured the Democratic nomination for Senate in Minnesota. This is not the case. What Franken has gotten is the endorsement of the party convention. If no one in the party opposes him, he will be the Democratic candidate; but if there is opposition (unlikely in this case), Franken will have to win an open primary election, which I think would be in September.

Back in 2002 the Green Party endorsee for Senate, Ed McGaa, was defeated in a primary, due to buyer’s remorse. The Greens did not realize until it was almost too late that they had endorsed not just a Native American ‘spiritual’ writer, but also a right wing militarist. :) It’s what a cynic would have expected the Greens to do.

In the mid ’90s the Republican endorsee for governor, Allen Quist, was thoroughly crushed, torn to shreds, and finely pulverized in a primary, by incumbent and inexplicably very popular governor Arne Carlson; in that case Christian theocrats had gotten control of the Republican convention, apparently by flooding caucuses with their zombie-like, dead-fish-odored carcasses, but the Republican Party was (unfortunately) saved from itself by the system.

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