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Off the Editor’s Desk – 9-2-2015

Three of the top five Republican presidential contenders have never held elective office before. What does that say about the GOP – and about the country? asks, Robert Romano, senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.

There is a real estate mogul (Donald Trump); a world-renowned neurosurgeon (Ben Carson); and a former Fortune 20 corporative executive (Carly Fiorina).

Those three have been gaining poll numbers since the GOP debate back on August 6th and have moved ahead of our Governor Walker and Jeb Bush.

Of the 17 GOP candidates running on the GOP ticket, 14 of them are currently holding or have held an elective office either as governors or senators.  But the non-elected candidates are well ahead in the polls.

Now what does that say? Well according to Romano, “It may point to a failing of the consultancy class that runs these campaigns that are so careful they manage not to say anything about any actual issues. The polls show, when you try to please nobody, you don’t end up pleasing anybody.

With Trump, Carlson, and Fiorina, on the other hand, they do not speak like politicians.”

I have looked for all the information that I can about the upcoming race for the president, with the election still over 400 days away. I have seen Hillary Clinton falling and Bennie Sanders gaining for the Democrats. And Trump, what can one say about him. Every time he opens his mouth, it seems like he puts his foot in it. But still his poll numbers keep going up. I think many of us like to hear a person tell it like it is, and not sugar coat the issues and side step all that political correct garbage.

On Sunday morning, I was watching a commentator talk about Trump’s rise in the polls, putting his reputation on the line and saying that his numbers will fall.

What bothers me is that if he does not get the GOP nomination, he will run as a third party candidate and do to the GOP candidate what Ross Perot did to George H. W. Bush in 1992. I think that Trump is the best hope that the Democrat Party has to win the Oval Office in 2016.

On another note, the Minnesota State Fair is up and running and if you plan on attending, my advice is to go very early, or late.

I spent the first four days at the fairgrounds and parking your vehicle is a challenge. Very early and you can get on the ground to park. The cost is $13.00 plus another $13.00 for a ticket into the grounds.

Saturday was a challenge, that was the day of the “Black Lives Matter” protest. From what I could see on Snelling Avenue, the crowd was very light compared to what officials had expected. I think the Police and Fair officials over reacted. They closed the gate on Como Avenue and I felt sorry for myself, because I could not find a place to park. Two of the park and ride areas off the fairground that I stopped at were full and the third, along Energy Park, had an open parking spot. I walked to the bus area and asked when the next bus was due, only to be told that because of the protest, buses to that location had been cancelled.

After circling the fairgrounds three times I was able to get in because it was past 2 p.m. and a number of people were leaving and opened up a parking spot. Of course only 188,000+ people attended the fair on Saturday.

What I really felt sorry for was that the daily parade was cancelled and those that were to participate in it were not notified and when they arrive at the fairgrounds, after traveling some distance, were turned away.

Thanks for reading!   — Carlton