Does the GOP want to write off Minnesota for years?

The Republican Party risks writing off Minnesota for several election cycles if it continues the scorched-earth policy.

Ramesh Ponuru is by most accounts a decent guy, and he showed it today, coming out clearly to say that it’s time for Coleman to “give up this fight.” Yes, yes: it shouldn’t have even have gone this far, but you can’t accuse Ponuru of just trying to string things out forever.

The question is how the GOP handles it now. It could take the John Cornyn approach and try to keep it going “for years,” but as this editorial from a newspaper that endorsed Coleman shows, Minnesotans’ patience is wearing thin. (h/t Minnesota Independent).

Republicans now need to consider whether the possibility of delaying Senator Franken for a few more months, or even up to a year, will be good enough if it does the GOP severe lasting damage in the state itself. During the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, it’s clear that the Republican Party — and only the Republican Party — is responsible for Minnesota being underepresented.

Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt thought that McCain could take Minnesota; it’s been thought of as a swing state for a few years now. It’s had several Republican US Senators over the last couple of decades. Does the GOP want to write it off for the next several election cycles?

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.