Though Gretchen Hoffman's arias of complaint have vanished from both twitter and the political playlist, the battle of the bands still rages in the editorial pages of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. Let's take a look at what the elves are singing.
Last Thursday, the paper published a letter to the editor from Hoffman supporter Maxine Erickson, Hoffman has always defended the truth. Erickson begins:
In response to the article regarding my friend Sen. Gretchen Hoffman — I have never heard her say anything mean-spirited, but she has defended the truth.
One slip of not being in order regarding a comment made — that wasn’t good, but doesn’t make her a bad person. We’ve all learned through a mistake not made intentionally yet is still out of order.
Here's a Youtube of Gretchen Hoffman on "We The People" on The Flag defending the tweet, near the end of May:
Hoffman doesn't sound like she made the tweet unintentionally. And she did apologize. Bluestem had hope to listen to her post-apology "clarification," but podcasts from her last two interviews on the "We The People" show on The Flag in Dilworth, MN (June 23 and July 7) have not been posted.
Indeed, it's hard to find any coverage of Hoffman anywhere, with the exception of the story about how she's frustrated and in the dark. Bluestem doesn't like to think about that picture.
Back to the Erickson LTE. Hoffman's BFF know what liberals are up to! She continues:
I hope our governor will care about the people of Minnesota, and not hold up Minnesota because he wants to tax and spend more. For what? When the card is maxed out there is no more. We don’t need any more taxation in Minnesota.
We know more taxes are part of the plan to drive down along with those who want to drive America down. . . .
Yes, gentle readers, the denizens of Planet Hoffman believe Mark Dayton is part of a plot to destroy America! Don't we have a team of crack wooden puppets somewhere to protect us from this?
Erickson isn't the only one discerning forces of evil looming in the mind of Governor Mark Dayton. In Don’t let taxes turn Minnesota into Detroit:
...Maybe we need to ask Governor Dayton and his union supporters why Lockheed Martin, Northwest Delta, Thomason Reuters, Hutchinson Technology and Heresy’s are laying off people or leaving the state.
Bluestem had aleady answered the question about HTI before Dayton and Republican legislators showed up to talk to the company president about why the company made its decision. But the letter writer is happy that Hoffman is standing between him and Detroit (no, not Detroit Lakes):
We elected Mark Murdock and Gretchen Hoffman to the House and Senate by a large margin. This means we knew exactly where they stood and how they were going to vote when we voted them into office. I listened to both Gretchen and Mark at meeting after meeting. They are doing exactly what they said they would do: cutting spending, no new taxes. Making Minnesota live within its means like the rest of us have to do.
Curiously, Hoffman's caucus insists that they're not cutting spending, but increasing it by six percent, as noted in the post Debunk early and often: Albert Lea Republican shoots down bogus MNGOP budget numbers, so Bluestem isn't sure who the letter writer should believe.
Yet another reader sees Dayton involved in a huge conspiracy to destroy Our Way of Life in Liberal elites do not speak for the masses:
Both President Obama and Gov. Dayton want to raise taxes in order to grow government. Both want to shove an authoritarian, Orwellian nanny state down our throats.
Obama is an obvious egotist who believes in the economic theories of Karl Marx. Most of his associates are violent Communist radicals from the 60s and 70s. I suppose we could cut Dayton some slack and assume that he is merely an incompetent spoiled rich boy who is in over his head. . . .
. . .The reason Communism failed in Russia is the same reason it can’t work here. A few highly intelligent fools can’t equal the brain power and decision making ability of an entire population of free individuals.
Our Liberal Elites, as represented by Obama, Dayton and liberals in general, ignore the lessons of history because of their egotism and lust for power.
And here Al DeKruif would have people in Northfield believe that The Pogemiller Prophecy is what the problem is.
The pro-Dayton letters simply aren't a fanciful. Read the reasonable and moderated rhetoric from Fergus Falls liberal elites here.
Photo: Gretchen Hoffman (above); A Tild classic (below)