Based on what I’ve heard inside the district and based on this post, it’s apparent that Tarryl isn’t ready to return to her former life as a lobbyist:

Minnesota Democrat Tarryl Clark continues to show signs of preparing for another run against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday, Clark criticized Bachmann’s recent trip to Iowa and her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Even with Bachmann working harder than ever to increase her own fame, and push the agenda of her wealthiest supporters, last night’s speech was more than a little strange,” Clark wrote.

In her speech Tuesday Bachmann criticized the president for overspending and credited the Tea Party movement for shifting the balance of power in Washington.

“She repeated many of her usual false claims,” said Clark, citing Bachmann’s mention of the federal government hiring 16,500 new IRS agent as one example.

“Michele Bachmann is wrong on the facts, and wrong on the issues,” Clark continued. “We need honest debate, and civil discourse. We need to speak up. We need to get active, and stay active.”

If O’Care isn’t ruled unconstitutional, the IRS will have to find out if everyone is insured in compliance with the individual mandate. Does Tarryl think that the IRS will just accept on good faith the fact that everyone is complying or is it likely that they’ll need additional IRS agents to verify compliance? These people aren’t going to just pop out of thin air.

This is Tarryl’s fatal flaw: she’s fond of telling whoppers while accusing others of telling whoppers. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed this trait. It’s just the first time I’ve written about it.

As for civil discourse, it’s rather difficult when your opponent is telling whoppers. Nonetheless, that’s what Michele did during their St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce debate. Tarryl attacked Michele relentlessly to no avail. Talking with a variety of journalists afterwards, they told me that the biggest thing to them was how Michele stayed composed while Tarryl attacked.

It wasn’t that Michele was a shrinking violet in responding to Tarryl’s attacks. It’s just that she responded sharply but under control. Tarryl left the Civic Center that day a very frustrated lady.

What’s worse for Tarryl was that people throughout the audience didn’t believe her wild accusations. She argued that Michele’s vote against the stimulus was “a vote to raise taxes”. It would’ve been credible if Tarryl had said that voting for the stimulus would’ve provided a tax cut. That’s an accurate, albeit incomplete, statement.

Tarryl insisted, after accepting a plethora of union endorsements and contributions from their PACs, that she wouldn’t have voted for Card Check. Again, Tarryl was exposed as just another whopper-teller pleading for votes.

If Tarryl runs again, her agenda of raising taxes & spending will crucify her. Her credibility is shot, too. Yes, she’ll have a robust fundraising operation but so will Michele.

Barring a major change in the nation’s mood, which isn’t likely, Tarryl will be running in another anti-Democrat cycle again against a superior candidate who fits the district infinitely better.

That said, I pray that Tarryl runs again. She’ll suck up tons of contributions that might otherwise be used to win races that are actually competitive. If Tarryl thinks that she’ll be competitive after getting defeated by 13 points, that’s her right. It’s just that she’s delusional if she thinks it’ll be a close race.

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6 Responses to “Tarryl Gearing Up for Another Uphill Fight?”

  • walter hanson says:


    You’re forgetting that Tarryl is lying to herself. She believes:

    One, that Obama will carry her to victory like Al Franken was.

    Two, she thinks that 2012 will be a big Democrat year.

    Three, she thinks that the District will be changed so that Michelle can lose.

    Four, she believes that she’s telling the truth.

    And five, she believes that Democrats will think that she is the Goddess that will defeat Michelle and get their support.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • J. Ewing says:

    So what happens if, as I hope, that Michelle lines up to defeat Minnesota’s second biggest US Senate fool? Do we have anybody ELSE that can defeat Taxin’ Tarryl?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Let me count the people…Let’s get past this myth that Tarryl is formidable…She isn’t. That said, expect Michele to run for re-election. Right now, she’s running for a higher position in House GOP leadership.

    PS- Forget the talk about Michele running for president or being someone’s running mate…She’s made too many verbal gaffes to be viable…they’d crucify her worse than they did with Palin.

  • Gary Gross says:

    No she isn’t…it’s just that she loves the limelight…she’s praying that redistricting takes Michele out of play.
    Next, she knows that BHO has lost his luster & will be defeated in 2012.
    Next, no sane-thinking person thinks 2012 will be anything but a disaster for the DFL locally & the Democrats nationally.
    Next, she knows she’s lying…she just thinks nobody will notice she’s lying.
    Next, she’s PRAYING that Michele isn’t part of the picture because she knows she’ll get her backside kicked if it’s a rematch…the bottom line is that she’s a terrible fit for the district.

  • J. Ewing says:

    I would agree with everything except that Tarryl “knows she’s lying.” Leftists have this amazing capacity to believe two completely contrary things simultaneously, when at most one of them bears a resemblance to reality. You can’t lie if there is no objective truth.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Trust me, she knows. She’s got her tells just like anyone else.

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