Gen. Braxton Bragg was the subject of Harold Hamilton’s weekly commentary last week. Yesterday, Hamilton wrote “There is a famous anecdote, perhaps apocryphal, about Bragg’s early years as a military officer. The story goes that Bragg was both a company commander and the quartermaster of a frontier post early in his career. Bragg as commander submitted a requisition for supplies for his company, then as quartermaster declined to fill it. As company commander, he resubmitted the requisition, giving additional reasons for his requirements, but as the quartermaster he denied the request again. Realizing that he was at a personal impasse, he referred the matter to the post commandant, who exclaimed, ‘My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself!'”

Next, Hamilton wrote “Governor Dayton has indeed quarreled with himself both this session and every session since he assumed office in 2011. For example, Dayton has argued with himself regarding spending targets, which has resulted in a moving target for the most fundamental issue of the session, how much to spend. Dayton has argued with himself over transportation. He has publicly stated he would sign the transportation bill sent to him and then turned around and vetoed the bills sent to him, describing it as ‘deplorable.'”

In short, Gov. Dayton’s arguments with himself have left Minnesotans wondering when (or if) he’ll put a priority on negotiating. At this point, it isn’t certain that Gov. Dayton is capable of that. Frankly, I’m not certain he ever was.

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2 Responses to “Heading for another shutdown?”

  • JerryE9 says:

    Not sure about the General, but the Gov. is definitely off his meds. Or taking too many.

  • Crimson Trace says:

    Gov. Dayton never subscribed to representative government. You know it’s really bad when the governor cannot even get along with himself. Is it his argumentative personality or the medications?

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