An acquaintance suggested that a busload of Slytherins was on its way to Hutchinson when he read a local news story about tonight's stop of the Republican Party of Minnesota's Freedom and Prosperity tour.
I had to see that for myself.
So I wandered down to Library Square, where the candidates, alas, looked like ordinary Muggles, even if Dan Severson did seem to be talking though his hat about the sorting out of the 2008 Senatorial recount.
I'll upload a Youtube of Tom Emmer's speech when it is rendered. Perhaps one of the oddest things Emmer did was to razz the local newspaper reporter (a consummate professional who continued to work throughout the evening) and call out the DFL tracker by name.
After the speeches, Emmer made his way through the crowd of perhaps 75 local Republicans. When he came to me, I extended my hand and introduced myself. He remembered me from a forum at Mankato State last November, where he had mentioned me in his opening statement.
"I know who you are," he said tonight, quite cordially, and knew my blog as well.
"I thought I'd come out to see you," I said, "I live here."
"I know that," Tom Emmer said. After a beat, he said, "I didn't out you." He meant as a blogger, I gathered.
"Well," I said, "if you had done so, I had a smart remark ready."
We both laughed a little then, and I didn't out him either, refraining from asking the question another posed at different venues.
Here's a a taste of the evening:UPDATE: Here's Emmer's razzing of the local newspaper reporter, which occurred just before he mentioned "Collin," the DFL tracker. Indeed, he's about to roll off his awkward moment in talking about a reporter he thought had left, and move to "thanking" the tracker, when someone in the crowd starts a round of applause. Emmer recovers quickly, but then throws in a crack about "what the cartoon looks like tomorrow."