Ashwin Madia and Nikki Carlson
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A fundraiser was held for Ashwin Madia this evening at Nick and Eddie. (A bunch of people were co-hosts, myself included.) The guest of honor was Major General Harry Sieben, Jr., (known to Republicans as Personal Injury Lawyer Harry Sieben). People socialized, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed, scuttlebutt was traded. In mid-party, a crowd of Madia supporters surrounded the establishment's entryway, when a very unusual coincidence occurred: Sylvia and Sam Kaplan entered, said a few terse hellos and made their way into the establishment, apparently to dine. The Kaplans are Bonoff supporters; upon seeing them enter some thought that perhaps a reversal might have occurred, but we then noted they hadn't entered to join our event, they were just passing through on their way to a dining table in back. I meant to bark out an amusingly hollow peace offering: You may not endorse us, but we endorse you!--but they glided by before I could even snap a picture.
The chitter-chatter at this evening's party concerned some postings on Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Here's my tentative restatement of the consensus Bonoff-skeptic story line:
Some anti-abortion legislators wanted to require hospitals to provide fetal remains to miscarrying women who wanted them. Prior to Ramstad's Sept. 17, 2007 retirement announcement, Bonoff was rather willing to accommodate this move, despite being pro-choice, probably in part in order to solidify her moderate political identity within her evenly-divided-or-worse district. After the Ramstad bombshell, Bonoff became aware that her political need was now the opposite--she now needed to present herself in the most NARALish manner possible, so she dumped the fetal remains bill. During the drama described above, she bullshitted, falsely claiming that her about-face was in response to some change in the wording of the proposed legislation.
Woop-di-friggin'-doo, no? Or am I missing something?
I suppose on this issue we might prefer our state senator to avoid anything which might allow MCCL to get its foot in the door. But this still seems pretty thin to me, as political crimes go. (MCCL rates Bonoff's support for the 'pro-life' agenda at 0% for both of her years in the Minnesota state senate.)