Michael Sanborn takes to the RCJ to blister the backsides of Republican candidates who sign pledges. He calls the "no tax increase" pledge that Rep. Stace Nelson and Sen. Larry Rhoden have signed "dumb." Note that Senator John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem have also signed this "dumb" pledge.
Sanborn does not mention the "repeal ObamaCare" pledge that Annette Bosworth has signed, but when Sanborn says, "Successful governance is more complicated than pledges," I can only conclude he would classify Bosworth's pledge-based campaigning as "dumb" as well.
Sanborn then indicts what he considers the Stace Nelson style of politics:
But according to Nelson, government is simple. Wave a flag. Declare yourself to be a “values” candidate. Bark about how your faith is stronger than your opponents. And promise to stubbornly refuse to negotiate or compromise with anyone who doesn’t fall lockstep in line with your views.
What that means, of course, is that if either Rhoden or Nelson should somehow manage to eek out a victory and get elected to the Senate, and they keep their “no compromise” pledges, nothing they do or say will change anything in Washington [Michael Sanborn, "GOP Field Fills Up," Rapid City Journal, 2013.08.28].
Flag, values, faith, no compromise... wait a minute—didn't Michael Sanborn just describe the majority of Republicans in Congress and the South Dakota Legislature?