Veteran SDGOP organizer and pundit Joel Rosenthal has suggested that Rep. Kristi Noem's vote for the fiscal-cliff compromise last week may draw a primary challenge in 2014. I've been wondering who other than the self-marginalizing and ineffectual Tea Party fantasists might throw in against our favorite horsewoman in 2014.
What about Senator Dan Lederman, who sees Noem's compromise as a failure of Republican leadership?
We had a chance. We had a chance to actually accomplish something by containing Washington’s out of control spending. But we blew it. Most accurately, John Boehner blew it.
Compromise is an ugly thing for everyone, but that’s how you can tell you met in the middle – because no one likes it. But in this case, Republicans should have been able to negotiate to a position where we actually got SOMETHING we wanted. If, at the end of the day, we were willing to raise taxes, why didn’t we use this as leverage to get a reduction in government spending?
Instead, we’re left with increased taxes. And a deal that will haunt us [Dan Lederman, "When Compromise Just Doesn't Cut It," SD Rushmore PAC, 2013.01.02].
Lederman proceeds to praise radical right wing-nuts like Iowa's Steve King and Minnesota's Michele Bachmann and to advocate for replacing Speaker Boehner with Eric Cantor.
Lederman is stating quite clearly that Noem made the wrong call on the fiscal cliff. He says the deal will haunt us. He has money and connections. He's been pretending to power beyond the state legislature by forming his Rushmore PAC to boost candidates from other states.
Hmmm... could Senator Dan Lederman be the Republican to oust his state party's most prominent incompetent (close second to Secretary of State Jason Gant) and make the leap to South Dakota's lone House seat?