Ryan Taylor Jabs At SAB During Concession Speech

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One interesting moment during last night’s long, long vote counting nightmare was North Dakota gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s concession speech.

As he took the podium to concede the race to Jack Dalrymple, he regaled the crowd with a rambling recitation of Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” perhaps one of the most pretentious and self-aggrandizing things I’ve ever seen in politics (a endeavor with more than its fair share of egos and weirdos).

The poem contains this line:

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

After he was done, Taylor said something like, “We’ve all heard the truth twisted by knaves. And bloggers.”

It was a pretty clear shot at this blogger (it earned me cheers at the Minot NDGOP victory party where I was watching results) since there really aren’t any other serious political blogs in the state, and I do have to admit it’s kind of funny.

It’s hard to say what “truth” Taylor thinks I’ve twisted. Perhaps it’s the ridiculous new lopsided ethical standard he and other Democrats are touting, which brands political contributions business and industry interests as bribes while political contributions from unions and environmental activists are just fine.

Regardless, thanks for the shout-out Mr. Taylor. I’m glad that we’re calling you Mr. Taylor, instead of Governor Taylor or even state Senator Taylor. Your bad ideas don’t belong in our government.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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