It is a truth universally acknowledged, that party activists are more ideologically rigid than the common run of their fellow citizens. Those seeking party office, whether on the right or left, are well advised to recall this maxim.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a BPOU or congressional district meeting, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the delegates, that he will hear little other than like minds.
Keith Downey thinks otherwise. In GOP fixing from within, the state chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota tells Marshall Independent editor Per Peterson that campaigning among the base for his party office put him in touch with "average Minnesotans":
"One of the most positive features on the campaign for chairman was I got to visit with Minnesotans from all over the state," he said. "I came away convinced that the average Minnesotans, while they are living their lives, tending to their families and communities, their values are fundamentally conservative. . . .
Facing a vote of conservative party activists must have been refreshing for Downey, who lost a state senate race to Melisa Franzen after both candidates had to visit with people in Edina, Bloomington and parts of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka.
Downey also observes that Minnesotans want jobs so they can using food stamps and welfare. Bluestem recommends that he check out this coalition, which so wants the same thing.
Photo: Via the Star Tribune, Keith Downey's fundamentally conservative people from around the state met while he was campaigning for party chair.If you enjoy reading posts like this on Bluestem Prairie, consider throwing some coin in the tip jar: