With Coleman and Ramstad out, does this mean Mr. Marshall Fields/Target man buys the Governor race?
If the DFL controls redistricting, then say goodbye to Michelle Bachmann in 2012.
Mark Dayton might try, but I don’t think the DFL grassroots is very enamored of him, they know he’s a total flake who quickly bores once he gets a job (he’s never run for reelection to anything). He quit his Senate seat also after it was becoming apparent he’d probably lose reelection to GOP then-Congressman Mark Kennedy. Dayton, however, would also be such a fiasco as Governor that he’d be the best thing to happen to the MN GOP to revitalize their sagging fortunes under Pawlenty.
My gut feeling is the DFL grassroots is behind Matt Entenza, although Minneapolis R.T. Rybak may also be a contender. Handicapping the GOP side is also a problematic, I’d think ex-Spkr. Marty Seifert might be the strongest, but in such a heavily divided field, anybody could emerge.
As for Bachmann and redistricting, MN may lose a seat (the only real growth in the state has been occurring in two of the GOP districts, the 2nd, and Bachmann’s 6th). If they try to exact revenge on her (if the DFL is in total control), that could backfire. Pushing her out may embolden her to run against Sen. Klobuchar. Personally, I’d probably eliminate Oberstar’s 8th district. It keeps having to extend outwards every 10 years. The only other alternative is to get creative in placing both the moonbats from Minneapolis and St. Paul in one district, but that could jeopardize the surrounding GOP suburbs (which would include Bachmann).