The clearest way in which Annette Bosworth appears to be following the "Kristi Noem script" is in her ongoing inarticulacy. Listen to the clips Roll Call shares with us. Words tumble and clang to the ground like random junk falling out of the back of the station wagon after a hyperactive trip to the flea market:
- ...the way you win is show that we have some definitions in medicine that match politics, and the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and expect something different to unfold...
- ...Matt Hoskins was somebody who interviewed me early in this story...
- ...we've got several strong Republicans running for the race, and they're quite worried about a newbie coming on scene, but in that retort I would say I get why they would be nervous...
- ...upsets come from outsiders with expert skills that are brave enough to run...
- ...my example would be a great representation for South Dakota.
Bosworth makes soundbites like cheese balls. Let's get our fingers all orange:
- The overworked insanity definition is variously misattributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Mark Twain, none of them practitioners of medicine. There is no medical definition of insanity: "The term insane is outdated parlance in the mental health community. No legitimate medical or clinical professional would be caught dead saying it in public."
- Bosworth refers to her own campaign as a story. Really, Annette? A story? A literary fiction?
- "coming on scene... in that retort"—now words are just clanging together.
- Upsets by definition come from people you don't expect to win, people with disadvantages in money, power, what-have-you. But here we hear Bosworth swimming in her story and campaigning by metaphor. She's not mapping real campaign strategy; she's just hanging labels on herself. Lots of failed candidates have expert skills, but those skills aren't necessarily the skills necessary to win elections and legislate justly. And a majority of candidates who are brave enough to run lose.
- How does an "example" become a "representation"? What does that last sentence even mean?
Bonus: in print, "outsider" Bosworth gets Roll Call to call her an "acolyte" of Bill Janklow. Annette, in case you haven't figured this out, you can tell stories about being Bill Janklow's chosen girl. You can tell stories about being an outsider. But you can't tell both stories and be taken seriously. Pick one.
Bosworth continues to entertain, if maddeningly. She demonstrates that she is listening to the voices in her head (who always sound grand) rather than the sound of the words actually coming out of her mouth.