There’ve been a alot of articles written speculating whether Norm would run. My friend Andy Aplikowski wrote a great post this morning on whether Norm should run. First, let me say up front that I love Norm dearly. I think he’s a great statesman. Second, it’s important that I announce that I’ve been asked to be part of Tom Emmer’s steering committee and that I’ve accepted that position.

Now that that’s been dispensed with, let’s cut to the decision facing Republicans. On one hand, you’ve got Tom Emmer, who has built a great organization and who gained alot of delegates yesterday when Pat Anderson dropped out of the gubernatorial race. Most of Tom’s delegates are willing to run through the wall for him. Because of that, I can confidently say that Tom’s on the right side of the enthusiasm gap.

Anyone who’s paid attention to the last 2 election cycles knows how important that it, don’t we? Last year, the Democrats had a huge enthusiasm gap advantage. Now they’ve got the White House and supermajorities in the House and Senate.

Having talked with Tom about his vision for Minnesota, I’m confident that he can build a vibrant GOP majority. I’ve witnessed how well his message is selling with Minnesotans. Most importantly, Tom’s message doesn’t just resonate with rock-ribbed conservatives like Andy and myself. Tom’s message connects with independents who are energized about politics for the first time in their life, too. BTW, many of those independents who are energized about politics for the first time in their life are part of the TEA Party movement. I’m confident that history will record the TEA Party movement as the dominant force in American politics this cycle.

That’s how winning coalitions are built.

The argument against Tom is feeble. The argument is that he doesn’t have high name recognition and his fundraising abilities aren’t as good as his opponent. It’s worth remembering that that’s what the NRSC said about Marco Rubio in Florida.

The argument was that Charlie Crist had the fundraising ability and the 100 percent name recognition, which made him an ideal candidate. Today, Rubio’s campaign is gaining momentum. Crist’s campaign is in shambles. The army of Rubio supporters is growing and enthusiastic. His message is resonating with the same types of people that Tom’s message is reaching. It isn’t coincidence that Marco Rubio’s message is experiencing the same success that Tom’s message is experiencing.

In announcing her candidacy for the State Auditor’s position, Pat Anderson paid Tom a great compliment:

Even when she still was in the race, Anderson acknowledged that it has been Emmer who has done the best job of igniting the passions of the forum crowds. “He’s a great speaker, very passionate, and the activists feel he has a better [legislative] voting record than Marty [Seifert].”

Pat’s compliment goes to the heart of why Tom should be our next governor. Tom’s willing to fight for his vision of limited government, common sense reforms and restoring prosperity to Minnesota.

Tom’s appealing vision for Minnesota will help grow the Republican Party, too. In short, Tom’s vision is connecting with Minnesotans, which is why his coalition is so formidable.

Which brings me to Norm. Norm’s name recognition is great and his fundraising ability isn’t in dispute. With all due respect to Norm, though, those aren’t as important as they once were. You needn’t look further than Ron Paul’s fundraising last year.

he isn’t in the U.S. Senate because he didn’t run a great campaign. It wasn’t that people didn’t like him. They did. They just weren’t inspired by him.

The biggest question facing Norm is what his message will be. Will he be a fiscal conservative? Nothing in his record says he is. Will he be a reformer? Again, I don’t know. Will he fight for Minnesota’s taxpayers? I don’t know. There’s no question whether Tom will fight for Minnesota’s taxpayers.

The question that I can’t answer is why Norm is the right choice for being the next governor. The question I can answer quickly is why Tom Emmer should be our next governor.

At the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters.

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15 Responses to “What Exactly Is The Argument For Norm???”

  • Bill Krause says:

    I’m not sure what you mean by

    “you needn’t look further than Ron Paul driving factors anymore.”

  • Gary Gross says:

    Good catch Bill. I’ve corrected that sentence. I think it’ll make sense now.

  • Bill Krause says:

    That’s better, but I’m still not exactly clear what you mean.

    Are you saying that Emmer is going to be able to raise money like Ron Paul? I haven’t seen any evidence of that yet.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Bill, I’m saying that message is more important than fundraising ability. Ron Paul had a message that appealed to some enthusiastic people. Ditto with President Obama.

    The moral of the story is that the $$$ will come.

  • eric z. says:

    I’m not one to get into your side’s internal strife, but Norm’s message would be he brought hockey back to Minnesota.

    What else is he going to say, “I lost to Franken in a close one,” or “The Wrestler whomped me good?”

    Hockey, is my guess. That inspires who, exactly, statewide?

  • eric z. says:

    Gary, I went over and read Andy’s item. All your GOP readers should do that. I have seen it termed a “civil war” inside the GOP these days. Given Norm’s uncapped ambition it could go uncivil. Not that many outside the GOP would cry at night were that to happen. Just how the tealeaves look to one not used to reading them in the GOP cup.

  • Margaret says:

    Why exactly is the argument for Norm Colman the argument against Tom Emmer? We are in the middle of an evaluation period here before the endorsement. I see both of them as having strengths and both having weaknesses. (Each, very different) People seem very quick to tear candidates down. This will come back to haunt us after the endorsement, whoever the winner is. The other thing that needs to be remembered here is that each candidate has his/her passionate supporters. When you go hammer and tongs against somebody remember that there are some people who have bought into that candidate. When you tear their candidate down you make it harder for people to come together after the endorsement. I say this as somebody with no particular candidate in mind. We have been blessed with a great group of candidates. Let’s compare and contrast them, not just choose one and trash the rest. Also, “the money will come” quicker if there is trust and cooperation in the party.

  • walter hanson says:


    The question that should be asked what does Norm Coleman do to make us think he can win?

    He lost to Franken in part because he had discouraged enough Republicans with his support for out of control spending, for opening the borders.

    He has ran three statewide races and lost two of them. The third he won in part because the candidate who he had been running against had an accidental death.

    He has lost two statewide races because in the first race he allowed an independent candidate to steal his issues (remember Jesse supported tax cuts and conceal carry until he was given his conceal carry permit). He lost the second race because he allowed an opponent to define him as corrupt.

    He’s the front runner without even having to offer a vison for what he will do to improve Minnesota.

    That’s the case the candidates should make. Money will follow that winner. Coleman won’t be able to get the nomination.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • J. Ewing says:

    While we may disagree on preference within the existing field, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I know that the MNGOP has come a long way in the last several years towards being “sensible” in candidate selection, carefully balancing electability and principle, though sometimes failing to endorse both in a single candidate. In this season, however, it seems that we have an embarassment of riches, with multiple gubernatorial candidates already giving us both. I cannot imagine Norm being victorious in that race because he is superior in neither. Would I vote for him over Al Franken again? In a heartbeat, but that’s not the choice we’re discussing. Norm has a political future, I think, but not if he meddles in this race.

  • Bill Krause says:

    I tend to agree with J. Ewing, we do have a great field of candidates. But in terms of electability, I just don’t have confidence in a few of the candidates ability to raise money. Maybe Anderson is right that that donors are waiting for the fog to clear (and for Norm to make a decision).

    I also lack confidence in some of our candidates to generate an appeal outside of their base. Maybe in 2010, independents and moderates will move to the right on their own, but this is still Minnesota, so I’m not that optimistic. I’ve only seen Hann try to make the case that he can attract I’s and M’s., ever body else is stumbling over each other trying to be the most fiscally conservative.

  • Bill Krause says:

    Short follow up:

    From the PiPress

    “A Rasmussen Reports poll of likely Republican voters released Wednesday showed 52 percent would vote for Coleman in a primary, while all of his GOP challengers were in single digits. ”

    with this glimmer of hope

    “The poll indicated Minnesota voters are becoming more moderate and Republican.

    Forty-eight percent consider themselves moderates (up from 35 percent a year ago), while 34 percent said they were conservatives (up 5 percentage points) and 15 percent called themselves liberals (down 6 points).

    Thirty-eight percent said they were Democrats (down 6 percentage points from 2009), 32 percent identified themselves as Republicans (up 4 percentage points) and 23 percent called themselves independents (down 2 points). “

  • Leslie Davis says:

    I’ve attended numerous events when Tom Emmer spoke and for the life of me I cannot discern a message other than opposition to everything. Not one single positive item. Did I miss something, or did you?
    Leslie Davis, Republic(m)an for Minnesota Governor 2010

  • Gary Gross says:

    Mr. Davis, Yes you missed something. Tom’s agenda is about making government return to doing what it’s supposed to do, not doing what the special interests tell us government should do. Tom’s agenda is about making Minnesota a state that limits the scope of government. That means actually saying no to the special interests. That means setting the right priorities. That’s the only way Minnesota will again prosper.

    You might not like Rep. Emmer’s agenda but it’s foolish to say that telling government & the special interests no is a bad thing.

  • Bill Krause says:

    “other than opposition to everything. ”

    Tom Emmer was very clearly for reducing the tax and regulation burden on Minnesota businesses as a way to stimulate job creation.

  • Mr. Davis – are you the same Leslie Davis touted on this site?

    If so please tell me WHAT is conservative about anything that is proposed on their “Activities” site.

    What business is it of GOVERNMENT whether my dogs are neutered or not? What business of GOVERNMENT is it to dictate what I eat and how much I exercise? What business of STATE GOVERNMENT is it if the school district wants to allow sodas in the schools to raise money?


    I eagerly await your reply Mr. “Republicman”…..


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