"I do not believe that I am the best candidate to lead the party to victory next year," Dayton told reporters on a conference call. "I cannot stand to do the constant fund raising necessary to wage a successful campaign, and I cannot be an effective senator while also being a nearly full-time candidate."
What is funny about this whole thing is that Dayton supposedly started focusing on fixing his little fundraising problem -- not surprising that he had one, given that his last campaign was almost completely self-financed with $12 million of his own dollars -- over a year ago. Sheesh, you'd think a Democrat who could drop $12 mil on a campaign, heir to the Dayton Stores/Target fortune built on retail and marketing acumen, could hire some decent fundraisers....what gives?
Of course, there might be other reasons that would seriously impede his fundraising....like peoples' reactions to his fit on Iraq, or his boycott of Iraqi interim Prime Minister Allawi's speech in which Allawi thanked the US .....but I think this was the kicker....a poll showing a massive decline in Dayton's approval rates.
Dayton, a Democrat who's up for reelection next year, took the heaviest blow: His approval rating declined by 15 points in a year, from 58 percent to 43 percent. The approval rating for (Norm)Coleman, who just began his third year in office, fell by 7 points, from 54 to 47 percent.
Dayton's job approval decreased among all categories of Minnesotans, grouped by age, education, income, party and ideology, with the largest drop among men -- down 27 points -- and 18- to 24-year-olds -- down 31 points.
Coleman's biggest declines came among 25- to 34-year-olds -- down by 19 points -- and those living in the seven-county metropolitan region -- down by 13 points.
The biggest hit? The poll was taken January 23-26....DURING the radical shrieking of Dayton and his fellow moonbats over Condoleezza Rice's confirmation. If he wasn't scoring points then, he sure wasn't doing it any other time -- and one wonders if there isn't an even worse poll out there, taken after the Iraqi elections and Boxer/Kennedy's inane remarks on both.
I solicit the insight of our agent in the field in Minnesota, the indomitable Lloydletta, as well.