2010 election

TruthToTell Nov 8: ELECTION BLUES? Or a Progressive Call to Action? AUDIO BELOW

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Mon, 11/08/2010

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The junkiest of us political junkies can't help but dissect the stunning outcomes of the 2010 election, especially Minnesota's swing to a Republican majority in both houses of the state legislature. This junkie actually thought that reports of Democratic deaths were greatly exaggerated - that people would come to their senses and not vote - yet again - against their own best interests. But they did, whether they believe it now or not.

After a day or two of catching breaths and turning off the media clatter that consumed us before and immediately after the voting ended Tuesday night, we try to examine the ramifications, especially the depth of this touted revolution. Does it really run as deep as its celebrants believe? Or will history come back to bite them in the ass as it has after so many of these so-called political overhauls have. 1910, 1938, 1946, 1974, 1994, 2006. History is rife with midterm backlashes against sitting majorities and/or Presidents of the time only to see the public mood invariably swing back two years later to re-elect those presidents to a second term.

A week will have gone by when, the governor's race recount scheduled and some perspective having actually set in, we bat around the fallout and prospects for the coming Legislature – as well as the future – especially in light of the coming redrawing of our eight Congressional district boundaries and those defining our legislative districts.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with former and present officeholders and the one observer of recounts to publish his own book about it. Join us Monday morning.

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