I'll say this for South Dakota Republicans: they can be pretty clever. First they get Senator Shantel Krebs to do their dirty work and pressure Secretary of State Jason Gant not to run for re-election. Krebs is so sure this work earns her the nomination for Secretary of State that she leaves her Senate seat open for young CPAC-hypnotizing Jenna Haggar.

Then, as a thank you, they tell Krebs, "Sit down. We're nominating Pat Miller."

Many Republicans statewide had encouraged Miller to run, and offered their support. Former State GOP Vice Chair, and sister to Governor George S. Mickelson, Patricia Adam noted “Over the years I’ve known Pat in many different capacities; with Easter Seals South Dakota and the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. Under her leadership and executive management, these non-profits became strong and financially sound organizations. As life-long Republicans, my husband and I have supported the Republican Party and Republican candidates for many years. Pat Miller has the proven experience needed as the state’s chief elections officer.”

“Pat Miller for Secretary of State? Excellent Idea! Excellent Choice!” noted former Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine and her husband Dave. “We have known Pat for a lifetime and believe she is the right person for the position of Secretary of State! Her many years of political and business experience will be a great asset for the Secretary of State’s office” [Pat Miller, press release, 2014.04.03].

If I were Krebs, I'd feel a bit put out. Leading voices of the party appear to be boxing her out in favor of a stronger, more experienced candidate.

Now, I wonder if Pat and Jason are having any differences of opinion as they review the Bosworth petitions....