Our erstwhile blog-peer, Minnesota Democrats Exposed, is feeling the heat. He anonymously purchased Internet domain names, ostensibly as a “modest marketing plan” for his site. Web surfers seeking information on Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch’s political ambition might be surprised, though, to find that MikeHatchforGovernor.com directs them to Minnesota Democrats Exposed.
The Star-Tribune takes a swipe at MDE, prompting considerable defensiveness. First, MDE offers Thomas Paine’s initially anonymous writings as an excuse for his cyber squatting/modest marketing efforts. He quickly expands to include Madison, Hamilton and others from the right-wing pantheon. Lastly, though (and we admire MDE’s temerity in this), MDE embraces patriotism, the scoundrel’s refuge, all in service to a stupid, mildly annoying, political dirty trick.
Trying to refocus public attention, MDE attacks us, your hardworking Pawlenty Exposed hosts. Well, we’re not offended. We do, however, find his insistence that we’re DFL Party staff to be revealing. Methinks he doth protest too much.
The truth, boy-o, is far more pedestrian. Two of the three of us are State of Minnesota employees. We labor in the agencies that MDE and his ilk love to condemn. We also know that Tim Pawlenty is one vindictive son-of-a-bitch. And, until you’ve had an incompetent, Pawlenty-appointed Deputy Commissioner breathing down your neck, threatening to fire you or at least reassign you to cleaning the Governor’s Mansion toilet bowls with a toothbrush, well, you haven’t walked a mile in our shoes.
So, let’s recap. MDE is a coward, engaged in petty shenanigans. He defends them by hiding behind the reputations of true patriots. Signing the Declaration of Independence is revolutionary; cyber squatting on WetterlingforSenate.com is just plain weenie.