I knew I should have gone to the Republican convention in Sioux Falls this weekend. I could have gotten myself a "Trouble Maker" badge like the ones the SDGOP handed out to their reporter guests David Montgomery and Chet Brokaw.
I was going to get a little hot and bothered at this apparent Republican insult to the press and the First Amendment. If nothing else, you don't slap snarky labels on the journalists who come to provide free publicity for your dog-and-pony show.
But our state Republicans are equal-opportunity insulters. They also slapped a "Trouble Maker" tag on Rev. Rep. Steve Hickey's official convention ID. "All in fun," says the good reverend.
Well, I guess at the point where you are slapping silly labels on professional journalists and on incumbent candidates for public office, the kids running the party are sending a clear message that nothing serious is happening at your state convention. Even the Republican mouthpiece blog Dakota War College has remained silent on events at convention. No photos of Kristi Noem or Bobby Jindal, no video, no tidbits of inside baseball... nothing. Alas, I guess I didn't miss much.