These days there’s lots of talk about the ‘Grassroots’. Especially when republicans and democrats hold their conventions on the same weekend. Live coverage from the MNGOP confab in Duluth in Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Grassroots On The Line
Furthermore the grassroots are on the line in both parties. There was so much concern about making sure the MNGOP convention ended with an endorsement that leaders pulled strings to make sure Jeff Johnson got a full throated endorsement. After three ballots, we never heard what the results of the third ballot were. In Rochester, Clinton Democrats battled Our Revolution activists to the bitter end. Both parties claim to be united.
Especially relevant is former Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty’s primary challenge. Think about what so many statewide races and a primary requires. Gotta have cash and boots on the ground. Are the republican grassroots ready to run tough statewide races? Go inside the convention in Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Activists Just Wanted To Go Home
Republican activists apparently were thankful to unanimously nominating Jeff Johnson by acclamation, after all there other candidates obligingly dropped out. Two minutes later, as those same activists headed for the doors, debate on resolutions was tabled. In Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728.
Jesus and Trump
Most noteworthy at this convention were speeches pounding religious and pro Trump themes. Not too many new ideas on how to go to Washington or Saint Paul and actually ‘change things’, but many affirmations of going off to capitals to ‘change things’ or ‘get things done’. I guess that’s politics.
Grassroots Swan Song?
In conclusion it’s clear leadership allowed the grassroots to save face and allow an endorsement. Some think Duluth 2018 could be the swan song of so called town hall representation type politics in Minnesota.
Major movers and shakers in both mainline parties want to do away with caucuses and move to a primary system. After you listen to Grassroots Tries Again-MNGOP Convention 2018-Duluth-Coverage-Perspective-Podcast 728 you may think they are right.
In the end, a vote for Jeff Johnson was a vote to go home. That endorsement might just save him. It all depends on the grassroots now.