• Congressional Race Sadly Not Decided by Eating Contest

    With many incumbents loath to share a stage with their challengers, when they can instead pummel them with direct mail and media buys, congressional debates organized by local media are going the way of the Dodo bird competitive congressional election. So it is in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, where the incumbent and favorite for re-election Erik Paulsen, has refused to debate his Democratic opponent Brian Barnes.

    Issue-oriented voters may be the losers here, but at least this race offers a window on to the future of American politics: future elections will be settled by reality-show themed competitions and eating contests, if creative pols like Barnes have anything to say about it

    "I grew up in 4H, and love the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to agriculture, fine arts, food and music, the Fair has a grand tradition of political debate. If Congressman Paulsen's views are too private to share with Minnesotans, we'll make it simple for him. I challenge him to a contest of cow milking, butter carving or corndog eating — he can take his pick."

    Unfortunately, with the Fair ending yesterday, it doesn't appear that Paulsen took up the challenge, but with any luck, politicians will soon be stuffing pork into somewhere other than just their districts.

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    Tags: Food, Minnesota


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