This is a small lie, but a lie nonetheless. Rep. Kristi Noem is now backfilling her official Events page with public appearances that have already come and gone. As recently as August 16 (believe it or not, I don't obsessively review Noem's website every day), the most recent event listed on our Congresswoman's Events page was her March 2 swing through schools in Madison, Brookings, and Hayti for Dr. Seuss Day.
Since then, Noem has added eight events that she attended from April 12 to August 16. Each one of those event announcements posted since August 16 is written in the future tense, as if they had been written and publishedÂ before the events happened.
We all know that's not the case. Noem appears to be responding to criticism leveled by Democratic House candidate Matt Varilek and other constituents that our Congresswoman has been derelict in her duty to get out and talk to South Dakotans.
But Team Kristi can't work up effective Orwellian lies about their own lackadaisicality. After Varilek brought the heat at Dakotafest, the Mitchell Daily Republic's Tom Lawrence asked the Noem campaign to name some recent public town hall events the Congresswoman has held. Team Kristi said she held to town halls on July 13, in Bison and Buffalo. But the only after-the-fact announcement added to the official Noem scrapbook is her July 13 appearance at the Boss Cowman Rodeo in Lemmon.
Amateurs! If you're going to lie, lie well. Lie in a way that (1) casual observers can't catch and (2) actually deflects the fire you're taking.