Kristi Noem is getting senioritis in her sophomore term. As promised, South Dakota's lone Congresswoman is cutting her workload in Washington... which, after achieving nothing in her first term, arguably means she may be planning to achieve negative work in the 113th Congress.
In her latest shirk, Rep. Noem has finagled her way off of two committees: Education & Labor and Natural Resources. We saw how engaged she was on Natural Resources last summer, when in a rare instance of actually showing up for committee, she was too engrossed in her phone to pay attention to the chairman or the South Dakotan giving testimony. Education must be similarly boring for Rep. Noem, since she hasn't enunciated a single original policy position or initiative on the topic since... well, ever.
Rep. Noem is staying on the House Agriculture committee, where she has prioritized fake issues over producing a workable Farm Bill. And as a plum from her bosses, she gets to sit on the House Armed Services Committee. Foreign policy and the military are about as far from her experience as teaching French. Noem says she will "fight to ensure our men and women have the resources they need at home and abroad"... which is code for "I'll keep using the military-industrial complex as a tool to prop up South Dakota's economy.
The reassignment is a clever move by the House leadership. The Ellsworth AFB pork Noem will fight for from Armed Services will look much more macho in her campaign flyers in 2014 than anything she could bring to South Dakota under those darned liberal education, labor, and natural resources programs.
This committee reduction comes on top her first major action after the election, abdicating her leadership position. It appears the only place Noem is really interested in making South Dakota's voice heard is at fundraising events... which of course is less about Noem telling folks what South Dakota wants and more about the rich and powerful telling Noem what they want.