Salena Zito’s article about Wisconsin becoming a red state is must reading for Minnesota conservatives. That’s because it provides the blueprint for turning Minnesota red.

Salena’s article starts by saying “Eight years ago, Wisconsin Democrats were in the catbird seat; they held the Governor’s office, the majority in both chambers of the state legislature, two U.S. Senate seats, five of the state’s eight congressional seats and handed Barack Obama a rousing victory in the presidential election.” That’s the Wisconsin of 2008. That isn’t the Wisconsin of 2016.

What changed in that time? Since the 2008 election, “Republican Gov. Scott Walker has won his seat three times (there was a recall election in between his two outright wins) and Republicans have twice taken the state attorney general’s office, won control of both state legislative chambers (and retained them twice) and won a bruising state Supreme Court race.”

In short, Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan put together a blueprint that’s caught fire:

House Speaker Paul Ryan has played a big role in the redirection traditional Democrats towards the Republican Party with his stabilizing, responsible economic message; while his district voted for Barack Obama in 2008, it supported Mitt Romney in 2012 when he was on the ticket as the vice-presidential nominee.

The Cheeseheads’ Three Amigos turned the Republican Party of Wisconsin into winners on a mission:

What’s possible in Wisconsin is possible in Minnesota, too. The thing that Gov. Walker, Chairman Priebus and Speaker Ryan have in common is that they’re principled leaders. That means this trio isn’t afraid to push conservative initiatives. More than any other trio in US state governance, this trio has created a reform movement that’s attracting erstwhile Democrats into their movement:

And despite the news media nationalizing the raucous 2011 state capitol protests in Madison when Walker passed Act 10, which curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, the conservative movement stubbornly continued to attract independent and Democratic voters to their message and their candidates. Walker won the recall election the unions forced with more votes than he did when he ran the first time. He won reelection in 2014 even as experts also predicted he would lose.

That led to this:

Folks have altered their allegiances politically said Todd. “The government sector unions broke the bank and forced a reckoning that surprisingly found trade union members on the taxpayer’s side,” he said.

Minnesotans don’t need another Scott Walker, Paul Ryan or Reince Priebus. Minnesotans just need principled leaders who are conservatives, too.

The one remaining state-wide elected Democrat in Wisconsin is U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who will have to try to defend her seat in 2018, the same year that Walker will likely seek a third term as governor. Those two races will be a true test to see if the Democrats understand their faults and display a willingness to comprehend and reconnect with their electorate.

If not, they risk placing Wisconsin on the battleground map in 2020 alongside Ohio.

It’s too early to predict a Republican winning the governorship in Minnesota in 2018. Still, with Republicans flipping Minnesota’s State Senate, it isn’t unreasonable to think it’s a possibility. Already, things are starting to look like it will be a good year for Republicans in 2018. Democrats will be defending 10 red-state seats in the US Senate. Once President Obama leaves office, Democrats won’t really have a national spokesperson. Meanwhile, Donald Trump will be the Republicans’ chief spokesman. He’ll be touting the many popular accomplishments of his administration, including tax simplification, returning to the rule of law and replacing Obamacare with something that’s actually affordable.

It’s time to make Minnesota a red state.

7 Responses to “Red Wisconsin — Is Minnesota next?”

  • JerryE9 says:

    Seems to me the essential here is to start promoting at least one high-profile Republican by letting them be the common sense, common language candidate. Not sure who that would be, though.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, my first impression is that Kurt Daudt & Pete Hegseth best fit that description. Daudt has gotten fantastic press without being a McCain maverick. IMO, Downey isn’t a good fit because he’s got too much baggage from running the state party.

  • JerryE9 says:

    Now that Pete Hegseth is apparently not going to be head of VA, yes, that looks like a good fit. Daudt seems to have a lot of baggage within the GOP, occasionally seen as too “weak.” His tiffs with Gov. Xanax may help him considerably, especially if he can outmaneuver the Gov. on critical legislation.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thinking that Speaker Daudt is weak is stupidity. I’m not endorsing anyone at this point but, having watched him consistently outmaneuver Gov. Dayton, Sen. Bakk & Rep. Thissen tells me he’s anything but weak.

    The guy with baggage, fairly or unfairly, is Chairman Downey. He’s run the party with decent results but he’s also had difficulties eliminating the debt he inherited.

  • JerryE9 says:

    Yes, I was surprised to hear that about Daudt. My guess is that some people are still getting their information from the MSM. Getting out accurate information is key to Republican victory, but difficult.

    Permit me to disagree about Downey. I think the debt is under control, but while he has done well in many areas, he has failed to mend bridges after some decisions he has made.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, I’m just saying that the DFL will mock Chairman Downey as being fiscally irresponsible if he’s the GOP nominee in 2018. Fair or unfair, that’s just the truth. The other part of that is that defending him against that will take lots of time and cost Republicans lots of political capital and goodwill. Daudt & Hegseth don’t come with that baggage.

  • Sarah Short says:

    It is already happening in Minnesota. Hillary getting our electoral votes is misleading. Minnesota split their conservative votes between 2 candidates. Hillary only beat Trump by 20,000 votes. Less than 1% of the total vote. We could have easily had a recount. Let’s face it though, those votes weren’t needed so nobody cared. Gary Johnson received a little over 100,000 votes here. If all the conservative votes were put behind one candidate instead of two there would have been a much different outcome here. This is a classic case of a third party candidate taking votes from another candidate.

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