Heading off to work this morning...
Yesterday I caught up on this lengthy MNPublius comments thread, which was set in motion by the Iraq War anniversary statements issued by both campaigns. If one were strategizing for Terri Bonoff it still seems an unusual issue choice on which to go after an Iraq War veteran. And to be honest, I've never really gotten the sense that Terri Bonoff is someone with a deep and longstanding interest in foreign policy matters. (Has anyone been so convinced? Commenters?)
Terri Bonoff has every right to continue pursuing this nomination right up to April 12; after that, I think DFLers are hoping against a contested DFL primary.
This evening one also noted this Madia-Bonoff flurry. I observed this process at fairly close range--speaking with people on both sides, over a considerable period of time. I occasionally observed overzealousness on the part of both candidates' supporters. But in Terri's contribution to this exchange, she writes:
As someone who has run and won twice in this district, I know first-hand about negative smear campaigns. Even in this campaign, supporters of my opponent have consistently waged whisper campaigns against me and I have not engaged.
Terri, we didn't get to where we are now as a result of any Madia smear campaign. Among the declared democratically-elected CD3 delegates, Madia is now winning 81.5 to 36 [subtracting the superdelegates from MNCR's scoring here]. Cheap shots have played a rather minor role in this competition; by my lights, about 50% of the cheap shots were pointing in each direction. (I don't recall any major Madia supporter attempting to make hay out of something you wrote more than a decade ago, for example.) And I say this as a person who very much wanted the endorsement myself (until Dec. 4, 2007) and learned the hard way that I didn't have what it took to compete politically in Terri Bonoff's league [nor was it close]. The process that got Ashwin Madia where he is today has been an upright process. Politics doesn't get much fairer than the one we have observed in Minnesota's Third Congressional District this past winter.