It’s becoming a tradition. If At Issue, Almanac and Esme Murphy’s shows have interesting guest, then I’ll be watching them, then recapping them here. This week proved more profitable than others, thanks to Robyne Robinson’s gaffe-filled debut. Remember that the political definition of a gaff is when you accidently let slip a truth you’d rather not have out there for public consumption.

Here’s an exchange between WCCO’s Esme Murphy and Robinson:

Murphy: Tell us what you’ve been doing the past couple days because you’ve been traveling a lot.

ROBINSON: We’ve been criss-crossing the state. Matt and I have gone up north to the Range, downstate to the southeastern part of the state, all the way from Duluth to Rochester and Winona, just getting to talk to constituents out there. We believe that the other DFL candidates haven’t really been out talking with the people outstate & they sense that. They really feel sometimes like it’s just a race that happens in the Twin Cities and in Duluth. We want to bring everyone in….We really believe like we’ve got to shake up the old paradigms. We’ve got to bring everybody in.

You know, we’ve got a $5.5 billion deficit. We’ve got so many people who have been cut from so many different services. They need help & we need to do it…and we can’t do it by cutting & we can’t do it by taxing. We have to do it by growing & we have to grow our government as much as possible.

WHOA!!! Robyne Robinson just admitted that the Entenza-Robinson ticket plans on growing government “as much as possible.” Let’s be clear about this: Discovering that Democrats want to grow government isn’t surprising. Getting them to publicly admit that they want to “grow government as much as possible” is plain surprising because it’s sloppy.

In 2007, Speaker Kelliher told reporters that the newly-installed DFL majority in the House was “a fiscally moderate caucus“, not because she believed it but because that’s what the public wanted to hear. At a time when the public is resenting trillion dollar deficits and Washington’s reckless spending, willfully admitting that you’re planning on growing government “as much as possible” is political suicide in a general election.

What’s more is that Ms. Robinson said essentially the same thing during Tom Hauser’s interview with Matt Entenza and Ms. Robinson:

ROBINSON: It’s not working at the Capitol. We need a 21st century government for a 21st century state.

By itself, Ms. Robinson’s statement early Sunday morning seems relatively harmless. Coupled wih her restating it with greater emphasis during a later interview with WCCO’s Esme Murphy simply verifies as fact that the Entenza and Robinson don’t share Minnesota’s priorities.

Implied in Ms. Robinson’s statement is that we need big government to have a prosperous state. I don’t think Minnesotans will agree with that opinion.

Following his interview of Entenza and Robinson, Hauser then spoke with former DFL state senator Ember Reichgott-Junge and Sarah Janacek. Here’s what Sarah said about whether there was a frontrunner as of right now:

SARAH: I do not think there is a frontrunner but I think in the end, and I’m glad that Tom Emmer didn’t take the no new taxes pledge, people are feeling taxed enough and so you have Horner and the Democrats who are on the record wanting to increase taxes and you’ve got Emmer, who doesn’t want to raise taxes and I don’t see how he doesn’t win.

Based on Minnesotans’ oft-stated support for no tax increases, I’d say Sarah’s prediction is exactly right. Here’s what Reichgott-Junge said:

EMBER REICHGOTT-JUNGE: I think those numbers are going to change, Tom, as people define Tom Emmer and talk about his record and his comments on the floor.

That’s what the Alliance for a Better Minnesota is already doing with their Tom Emmer’s Minnesota website. One read of ABM’s blog will prove that this organization’s intentions are anything but honorable. It’s essential that Republicans counter ABM’s lies and distortions.

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