In the 2008 Minnesota Senate race the Democrats handed the Minnesota GOP a perfect storm of a Hobsian candidate – Al Franken is a staunch supporter of Leviathan government, and he is by reputation nasty and brutish (and coincidentally short). The GOP threw every bit of mud it could in Franken’s direction and most of it stuck.
How’d that work out for us?
Make no mistake – there is a place and a necessity in the Republican Party for opposition research and boosting the negatives of Democrat opponents. But in recent years negativity has become the de facto brand of the Minnesota Republican Party. The irascible Mike Hatch notwithstanding, the Minnesota GOP cannot build any kind of a following or consistently win elections with a strategy of trashing the DFL and hoping its candidates implode. If that strategy were working, if the GOP were winning elections, that would be one thing. But we’re not. We’re losing elections and losing our credibility as a party of ideas at the same time.
That's also the argument that Andy Applikowski has been making for years.