Turkey #14486 will live to see Thanksgiving, thanks to a pardon from Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
Of course, the day after Thanksgiving, all bets are off.
Tuesday's gubernatorial turkey pardon was really more of a temporary stay of excecution, noted the turkey producers who joined the governor at a table covered with boulder-sized frozen turkeys and a small mountain of turkey products. The nameless tom turkey watched warily from his cage in the corner.
"How's the cage holding up?" Dayton asked as the press conference began, mindful of the Turkey Pardoning Incident of 2011, when the big bird made a break for it and ran around his reception room, leaving scratched and bloody people in its wake.
The event served to highlight Minnesota's status of the nation's leading producer of turkeys. The state's 250 turkey farmers have raised an estimated 47 million turkeys in 2012, and the producers have donated thousands of pounds of turkey to the state's food pantries.
At the event, the turkey producers said they would be donating more than 1,100 birds -- enough to feed more than 13,000 people to Hunger Solutions of Minnesota, along with a check for $11,250.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
It takes a certain sort of magic for a presidential debate to shift a race, it seems, some weird alchemy combining ingredients like viewership and mistakes and perceptions and medium. It's almost never about policy.