It’s a story that truly deserves the term “meteoric” – a brief ball of heat streaking across the sky for just one moment, then crashing to the earth with a terrific thud. The rise and fall of Michael Brodkorb is the biggest story in Minnesota politics this month, yet it begs caution on so many levels. It is full of unsubstantiated rumors and personal tragedy that do not deserve much public scrutiny. We cannot be sure exactly how it ends, given that some pieces are still playing out.
But there is one thing that we know about this story that is worth telling now – influence is fleeting when done for the sake of influence itself. That cautionary tale has a deep meaning well beyond “politics”.