Political dominos


The podium at today’s pep rally news conference for former Sen. Norm Coleman provided a diversion for people who like to play political dominos.

For example in this picture from MPR’s Elizabeth Stawicki, you’ve got state Rep. Marty Seifert, who could run for governor if Tim Pawlenty doesn’t run in 2010. Just behind Coleman, there’s Brian Sullivan, who came within a whisker of beating Pawlenty in 2002, and could be a Senate candidate in 2012 against Sen. Amy Klobuchar, or a candidate for governor in 2010.

All of their political futures — in terms of advancement — depend somewhat on vacancies created by the guy standing at the podium and the guy who wasn’t there — Pawlenty.