Because of the holiday, we have withheld providing our Convention Countdown. In the interim, an interesting story appeared in the Star Tribune by Jesse Van Berkel entitled Minneapolis and St. Paul DFLers ponder future of endorsement process. This echoes similar stories we have run in the last month.
The death knell of the DFL party at the municipal level is near and the adverse effects are permeating the Senior party as well. If people generally care about the DFL they need to root out the evil of Ranked Choice Voting by the roots, and ignore the siren song of Jeanne Massey. It is an insipid process that rewards mediocrity, cowardice and elevates opponents to the DFL to equal standing.
The method to prove its inadequacies, we feel it is best understood through use. By employing Ranked Choice Voting as the Drop Rule, it accelerates the process heading fast forward to the endorsement, and the perilously falling off the cliff. The heightened intensity only further highlights the debacle. It falls to meet its established marks. In a General Election, it leaves people with no recourse for a bad outcome, in the party process it creates an artificial sense of direction, without a guidance system.
If the two remaining candidates continue to square-off and the other candidate’s delegates continue to vote for No Endorsement, the futility becomes evident as each round of ballots produces no result.
Tips & Tricks
- Delegates should always know where their alternates are at. When a Delegate leaves the Convention Floor they are supposed to relinquish their badge and their Alternate is available to be upgraded. Even when going out to use the facilities is a point of time where an Alternate could be allowed on the floor.
- Since the Minneapolis DFL City Convention is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center the logistics are different than traditional convention venue, which often is in school cafeterias. This enables the Delegates to sit across the table from each other, kibitz and spread all the literature and materials out in front of them. It is not a bad idea to bring a book along to the Convention because there will be breaks in the action and people will have available leisure time.
- Delegates can move around on the floor and talk to each other. Only during a vote are people required to be in a specific place.
Where This Discussion Will End
The best forum for discussing the endorsement process is currently happening on e-democracy.org’s Minneapolis Issues Forum. We are sure Steven Clift will be shocked to learn we drew positive attention to his e-baby. Anyone can sign-up and post their opinions. The problem is it is an unmonitored dialogue where in this instance the topic is DFL Party inside baseball, and people with little understanding of the process or vestige in the outcome can weigh in. Those hostile to the dominance of the DFL in municipal races regularly lend their voices to the discussion and once identified their contributions can quickly be deleted.
Where the Different Camps Stand
The Convention will see a lot of movement on the first ballot. The reason being many of the delegates are claiming to be uncommitted as of last evening. The greater the number of Uncommitted Delegates, the worst the news for incumbent Mayor Betsy Hodges (DFL). The reality Is all of the candidates are in the field to oppose the incumbent and if the Uncommitteds don’t move her way there will be little for her to garner on the first ballot.
Our most recent reports show out of the 1396 delegates Council Member Jacob Frey (DFL) leading with 400 delegates or 28.65%, Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-58A, Minneapolis) in second with 165 votes or 11.82%, Mayor Betsy Hodges (DFL) with 145 delegates or 10.59% and Tom Hoch (DFL) with 50 or 3.68% and with Uncommitted 609 delegates or 54.84% it could become an interesting convention if the delegates move collectively.