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by Steve Timmer
Jul 16, 2014, 9:00 AM

Sometimes, you don’t even have to say anything

The refutation of Doug Tice is nearly automatic

When I was growing up, my dad had all kinds of pearls of wisdom for me. I remember many of them.

Whenever you can be a hero for under a dollar [probably five bucks with inflation], it’s a good buy.

You root for two teams: the home team, and if it’s not playing, you root for the underdog.

Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel.

Take care of your tools, and they will take care of you.

Do not trust the expatriates [on matters of politics in their home country]. Well, he didn’t really say that, but it is good advice.

Often, it is better to be lucky than to be good.

But here’s my favorite:

In many things in life, timing is everything.

It’s the difference between Ted Williams and, um, everybody else.

If there is anybody who hits a buck-fifty in the op-ed league, it’s Doug Tice.

Tice pens an op-ed wherein he states that the libruls are responsible for the partisan divide:

In a June installment, Pew reported that while “ideological consolidation nationwide has happened on both the left and the right of the political spectrum … the long-term shift among Democrats stands out as particularly noteworthy.” One is tempted to conclude, the report’s authors suggest, that “the liberals are driving political polarization.”

It’s a triumphal moment for Doug. And of course Doug does yield to temptation. He builds an entire polemic around it. Doug’s polemic is dated July 11th on the website at the Strib.

But the electric ink is barely dry and Kurt Zellers, that aging frat boy stuffed uncomfortably in a suit, proves on the 14th that both he and Doug Tice are boobs:

Republican gubernatorial candidate and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers is claiming credit for getting DFL Mark Dayton to “surrender” after the government shutdown three years ago.

“Democrats, political pundits, special interest groups, and even many Republicans predicted that we wouldn’t hold to our principles,” Zellers said Monday, marking the three-year anniversary of the end of the shutdown. “But I did not surrender and the GOP legislative majorities did not cave. Instead, it was Governor Dayton who surrendered to us after two weeks.”

Indeed, Governor Dayton was willing to get out of the car before that febrile moron Zellers drove it over a cliff.

But this doesn’t exactly prove Doug’s point, does it, friends?

Does it, Doug?

No, it doesn’t.

Now, it is more likely that I will be elected governor than Kurt Zellers — truly — but please think of Kurt — well, and Doug, too — if you are ever inclined to think the DFL is the problem.

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