With his official campaign barely a week old, Minnesota Attorney General and governor-wannabe Mike Hatch released an e-mail to some listserv, which my address was apparently appended to.
In it, Patti Hatch - the wife - details a number of endorsements Hatch has received thus far. (For those waiting with bated breath: yes, Roger Moe is on the list.) The endorsements include a few DNCers, more than 50 members of the state legislature, and some notable notables from days of yore. They also mark an aggressive, and surprisingly rapid, entrance into a race that has nowhere near taken off yet.
I can only surmise that this is an attempt by the Hatch campaign to portray him as a galvanizing force within the DFL, which may or may not be true. It also hints of the "electability" debacle that gave us Kerry-Edwards 2004.
Also, I can only imagine the Hatch campaign included me, the PiedPiper himself, on the e-mail list as a not-so-subtle attempt to woo the endorsement of the Pie-Eyed Picayune. Well, Hatch, you're going to have to do better than that. We at the PeP only release endorsements after conducting greasy, back-alley 20-dollar handshakes. Besides, giving an endorsement more than a year before the election would really harsh our mellow cynicism.