Just when we thought the art of political hyperbole was dead, Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., came up with a beauty this week. The topic was a federal report backing a controversial expansion of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad.
"I am not going to see Minnesota or any city in Minnesota become a sacrificial lamb in that undertaking," the Minnesota junior senator said. "I will do everything possible, including throwing myself on the tracks."
While it's commendable Dayton is willing to go the extra mile for his constituents, we can't have U.S. senators throwing themselves on railroad tracks to make their points.
Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., would probably have a heart attack, to think his party's one-vote majority in the U.S. Senate could be endangered by a horizontal Sen. Dayton and an oncoming locomotive.
Our advice to Dayton would be to continue railing against the expansion he opposes but stay off the rails.
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