Monday, December 20, 2010 By Aaron Brown
DFLers will have an interesting chess game to play in countering Cravaack in 2012. I would describe the MN8 race as a tossup almost any way you shake it. A strong DFL candidate would tilt it lean-Dem, a weak one would tilt it lean-GOP.
The nature of Congressional races today is such that serious candidates will have to staff and raise funds in 2011, probably starting within just a few months. This is depressing and deeply uninteresting to independents who want to see what Cravaack does first. But DFLers would be wise to start vetting a spectrum of candidates for a contested primary and all the various political scenarios 2012 might offer.
I honestly have no idea who will run or win the DFL nomination. It appears to me that some of the top tier candidates are considering other opportunities (such as the opportunity to not have to raise $3 million and go to D.C.), which could leave a very open DFL endorsement and/or primary field. Anyone have suggestions?