In my NRO column on Minnesota’s race for governor, commented on the political role played by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and made my only prediction of this election season:
[T]he Minneapolis Star Tribune presents a perennial challenge for Republicans in Minnesota. The paper dominates news coverage in the state and operates like the public relations arm of the state Democratic party. Its editorial page has been a relentless critic of Pawlenty. By itself the paper stakes Democratic candidates to a significant advantage in statewide races. In January 2005 I mentioned to Governor Pawlenty a Star Tribune column that seemed to have no purpose other than getting me fired from my day job.