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back in 2010 are intact. He's got an encyclopedic knowledge of the issues and he's exceptionally quick on his feet. He demonstrated all those skills at our convention. I've argued before that he has a lot of bad votes on his record because he was forced to carry water for Tim Pawlenty, so I'm willing to give him some latitude on that. Having said that, Seifert's refusal to abide by the endorsement process makes this campaign a fool's errand. He's not going to prevail at the state convention because he's alienated a lot of people within the party. And if he runs in the primary, all he'll really accomplish is to drain resources away from the party at a time when they will need every penny to keep the focus on Mark Dayton. It's easy to forget because Seifert has been around for a while, but he's only 41 years old. He has plenty of time left in his career. He won't take this advice, but I'll offer it anyway. What Seifert ought to do is run against Collin Peterson in CD-7 in the next cycle, because I'm pretty sure he could beat Peterson. He could then serve in Washington for a few terms and then run for governor or the senate at some point in the future. He won't be 50 until 2022. If he plays his cards correctly, he'll have a chance to be a major political player in Minnesota for the next 20-25 years. But if he becomes persona non grata in his own party, he'll be out of luck.
Kurt Zellers didn't make it to the convention, unless he showed up while we were electing delegates. My guess is that the didn't bother, though, because he's not really seeking the endorsement and has already stated that he's going to primary the endorsed candidate. Zellers was Speaker of the House in Minnesota but lost that in 2012 cycle. He's a good guy, but his dithering on issues, especially the Vikings stadium, is probably too much to overcome in this cycle. Scott Honour is a deep pocketed candidate who will be vulnerable to getting the Mitt Romney treatment. He's made some noise on the trail, but I don't think it will matter that much.
Do I have a preference among the major candidates? On balance, I prefer Thompson, but I continue to wish that either he, Johnson, or Seifert would have run against Al Franken instead. Instead, we have a different slate of candidates running in that race. That's the next post.