Jen Flanagan and Neal Heeren at the Tea Party Candidate Forum

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Jen Flanagan and Neal Heeren at the Tea Party Candidate Forum

Here is the video of Jen Flana­gan and her oppo­nent Neal Heeren at the Twin city Tea party on the 28th

I recorded these in about 10 min­utes swatches based on my cam­era and the space on my two cards:

I actu­ally think she made a good pre­sen­ta­tion. I thought her answer on “Tea Party Extrem­ism” was a safe answer, but I think her answer on NH was week.

She did meet with peo­ple pri­vately and talked for a while, as I said before she deserves a lot of credit for show­ing up.

Here is her oppo­nent Neal Heeren

I missed the start of his speech as my bat­ter­ies needed switching.

With­out a ques­tion Heeren was a weaker speaker, he had to refer to his notes quite a bit on open­ing and seemed very uncom­fort­able on stage, rather odd for a lawyer. On the issues he was more cor­rect but you have to be able to make the case to peo­ple. That’s a skill he can develop but if Flana­gan keeps show­ing up and man­ages to make cred­i­ble expla­na­tion and pre­sen­ta­tions it will be harder for him.

This more than any­thing illus­trates why Flanagan’s pres­ence was smart! Rather than avoid­ing the Tea Party in fear she con­fronts it directly. Were all her answers good enough? Likely not but you can’t beat some­thing with noth­ing. She is an expe­ri­enced pol and a per­son­able lady. There is no rea­son why she shouldn’t make a good impres­sion on the peo­ple she represents.

If what you believe is right it can stand up to argu­ment. Lib­er­als in fear of the tea party have con­ceded that argu­ment. If they fol­low the exam­ple of Flana­gan for good or ill that might change.

I’ll have Jen Ben­son and Kurt Hayes up later tonight

Here is the video of Jen Flanagan and her opponent Neal Heeren at the Twin city Tea party on the 28th

I recorded these in about 10 minutes swatches based on my camera and the space on my two cards:

I actually think she made a good presentation. I thought her answer on “Tea Party Extremism” was a safe answer, but I think her answer on NH was week.

She did meet with people privately and talked for a while, as I said before she deserves a lot of credit for showing up.

Here is her opponent Neal Heeren


I missed the start of his speech as my batteries needed switching.

Without a question Heeren was a weaker speaker, he had to refer to his notes quite a bit on opening and seemed very uncomfortable on stage, rather odd for a lawyer. On the issues he was more correct but you have to be able to make the case to people. That’s a skill he can develop but if Flanagan keeps showing up and manages to make credible explanation and presentations it will be harder for him.

This more than anything illustrates why Flanagan’s presence was smart! Rather than avoiding the Tea Party in fear she confronts it directly. Were all her answers good enough? Likely not but you can’t beat something with nothing. She is an experienced pol and a personable lady. There is no reason why she shouldn’t make a good impression on the people she represents.

If what you believe is right it can stand up to argument. Liberals in fear of the tea party have conceded that argument. If they follow the example of Flanagan for good or ill that might change.

I’ll have Jen Benson and Kurt Hayes up later tonight