Kaufman: When will Biden finally visit Minnesota?

As polls tighten and intra-state drama continues, one wonders if Biden forgot what happened next door four years ago.

Screenshot from Joe Biden Twitter

We’ve written about Minnesota potentially voting Republican for the first time in 48 years, but it’s one thing for right-leaning or alternative media to publicize; when the left-wing media does, it’s noteworthy.

Many erstwhile Democrat voters around the state are angry about devastating rioting in the Twin Cities and blame the ruling party for abysmal leadership this summer. This shows in voting patterns.

Not long ago, Democrats dominated much of northern Minnesota. Barack Obama won nearly every county in 2008.

Last month — when six Democrat mayors endorsed the president’s reelection and one spoke to a national audience — proved this clearly is no longer the case. President Trump won the region in 2016 and is expected to do so again in November.

University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs says rural areas are not a priority for Democrats.

“Democrats talk about fighting for rural Minnesota, but their policies and their voters have, in effect, written off rural Minnesota,” he told NPR this week.

DFL registration in Greater Minnesota remains higher than Republican, because the divide between urban and rural Minnesotans grew slower here than elsewhere in the country due to our strong mining economy. A lot of those jobs are gone though — many due to radical environmental policies. The DFL also finds themselves on the wrong side of cultural issues, like the Second Amendment.

Confirming the state’s rise as a crucial battleground in the race for the White House, as well as control of the U.S. Senate, Jill Biden and Donald Trump Jr. both campaigned in Minnesota Wednesday.

The former second lady visited an elementary school southwest of Minneapolis, while Trump Jr. stopped in Duluth and Winona.

“They say we can’t win Minnesota, I disagree,” the president’s son said in Duluth. “When I see what’s going on, it’s awesome. They’ve had enough. Blue-collar Democrat areas? It’s 95(%) to 5(%) Trump signs.”

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence campaigned here in August.

Even though the Trump administration has allotted billions more to schools, Mrs. Biden said her husband “already has a plan” to open schools and will give them the money needed to reopen after being closed for six long months.

She then added a “follow the science” cliché:

“If the doctors are telling us we need to shut down, we need to shut down.”

One wonders which “doctors” and “science” she follows. COVID-19 cases and death rates have been dropping for months.

With Biden and his specious running mate yet to step foot in the Gopher State, his wife said he is likely to stop in Minnesota before Election Day — 54 days from now.

As polls tighten and intra-state drama continues, one wonders if Biden forgot what happened next door four years ago.