I’m guessing that a lot of political wonks are looking at the results of the attorney general race on the Republican side today and saying, with a hint of disdain, “Sharon Anderson?”.
To me, it’s the best political story sitting out there today and I’m also guessing nobody is going to touch it. Which means, if nobody is going to touch it, Polinaut is going to be massaging it, especially since the mission of Polinaut….errr Andersonnaut…. is to look for signs of intelligent life in the universe of politics..
If you’ve come to any of the dozen or forums I’ve been asked to speak at in the last few years, you’ve heard me talk about Sharon Anderson, or more specifically, the electorate. She’s the poster child for why Select A Candidate and Campaign 2006 were invented. Sharon Anderson did — I think 12 years ago — what she almost did last night.
With no real campaign, no money, no inclusion in A.G. debates and — let’s face it — no real credibility as a candidate, Sharon Anderson almost knocked off another Republican-endorsed candidate for attorney general, which is absolutely no reflection on the Republican-endorsed candidate for attorney general.
Anderson garnered 43-percent of the vote to Johnson’s 56-percent. That doesn’t tell the whole story, however. In my neck of the woods, District 56B, Anderson won. That’s Woodbury — the Colby Lakes area, including Wedgewood, home of highly educated and mostly informed people, many quite active in the Republican Party. Johnon did win 56A, which is good news for homeowners in 56A — by 148 votes — and since that’s the district last night’s Republican Party was held in and if Anderson had knocked Johnson off, why there’s a fair chance the entire district would’ve been sacked.
He seems to be a sincere person with some ideas worth debating. It’s just that he has a serious, serious shortcoming in the world of Minnesota politics in these situations.
His name doesn’t end with Anderson.