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Sunday, June 04, 2006

The politics of June

This past week we found out first hand we only have three candidates for Governor who are ready for prime time. When Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey decided they needed to try to upstage Tim Pawlenty's big week in the media spotlight with big announcements of there own it was a clear signal of where those campaigns sit. Mike Hatch wisely stayed out of that, and Peter Hutchinson did him one better by congratulating his Republican opponent on the endorsement.

We learned the hard way in the aftermath of Paul Wellstone’s death four years ago that politics is a 24/7 full contact sport. This race however, hasn't even hit the pre game warm ups yet. Nobody will win this race in June, but anyone who fights to hard now has the potential to severely injure their hopes. To often those that are in to deep get upset that the process plays itself out, as if the Republicans would not field a candidate in November, but there are some things that just have to be left alone, at least until August.

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