The coveted Spotty (tm) - graphic by Tild
by Steve Timmer
Aug 10, 2020, 4:00 PM

Brian Lambert bowls the committee over and wins a Spotty ™

It probably violates some Federal Trade Commission rule, or maybe just a rule of decorum, to award a Spotty™ two days in a row, but the award committee (me) wanted to get this Spotty™ award published before the primary tomorrow, August 11th.

Brian Lambert penned an endorsement, but it’s more than that, really, of Ilhan Omar over the unknown cipher (sorry, I betray my opinion in the matter) Antone Melton-Meaux for the Fifth District DFL nomination. As somebody who has lived an area that has see-sawed between the Third and the Fifth District four times while I lived in the same house, I found this paragraph really resonant:

Ms. Omar is hardly a bashful flower. She likes the stage and the lights. No one will confuse her with quiet, plodding Marty Sabo [or others we could name, ed.]. And that’s good. This is a wildly different time.

You owe it to yourself to read the entire thing.

In its endorsement of Omar’s opponent, the Star Tribune editorial board said it favored Melton-Meaux because of his “integrity.” I asked the question, “Have you got a source?” Maybe he took a polygraph in the conference room while the ed board watched.

I suspect that Melton-Meaux’s integrity was entirely self-reported.

Remember, a Spotty™ is awarded, in the name of my old alter ego, to the writer of an op-ed, letter to the editor, or blog story or comment that I wish I had written myself.

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