If you’re searching for some Monday humor, check out this AP article on Minnesota disgrace Mark Dayton.

In February, upset about a plan by a South Dakota railroad to run coal trains close to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Dayton said the clinic “is worth a hell of a lot more than the whole state of South Dakota.” He later apologized for the remark. The following month, he called fellow Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s proposal to censure President Bush over a warrantless surveillance program “an overreaching step by someone who is grandstanding and running for president at the expense of his own party and his own country.” Dayton did not apologize for that.

He even told a Minnesota high school group he’d give himself an “F” if he had to grade his accomplishments in the Senate. “And I would give the entire Congress, of which I’m a member, an F for results,” Dayton said in an interview. He pointed out that he also told the students he’d give himself an “A-minus” for effort.

Sen. Dayton, I don’t grade idiots on effort. I grade them on results. As for giving “the entire Congress…an F for results”, I’d beg to differ. Republicans have gotten a pair of highly qualified Supreme Court justices confirmed, extended the Bush tax cuts and appropriated the funds to liberate 25 million people in Iraq. I will agree, however, on you deserving an F for your term in the Senate.

Dayton, 59, announced last year that he would not seek re-election, concluding that Democrats could field a stronger candidate. His reputation took a beating months earlier when he temporarily closed his Senate office, citing a secret intelligence report that he said made him fear for his staff’s safety.

Dayton would’ve been a dead duck had he run for re-election. Amy Klobuchar, who calls Dayton a hero of her’s, is currently leading in some polls but her chances of getting elected just took a hit after last Friday night’s meltdown in her debate with Ford Bell. It wouldn’t be unfair to think of Klobuchar as a female version of Dayton: A- for effort & an F for results.

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