Speaking of Jason Ravnsborg (what is it with me and no-hope candidates?), I noted with surprise that the least-connected, latest-coming candidate in the GOP Senate race won the endorsement of the out-state Tea Party Tribune. I thought that odd, because any attentive observer of South Dakota politics would know immediately that Rep. Stace Nelson is their greatest hope, with the clearest passion for throwing Tea and RINOs into the nearest harbor. Nelson has been a regular guest at Tea Party and other arch-conservative events around South Dakota. Ravnsborg has no discernible history as a Tea Party activist. Why would Ravnsborg win any Tea Party endorsement over Nelson?

Because Ravnsborg answers his mail. Among the things I learned at the Lawrence County Lincoln Day Dinner last night was that Ravnsborg got the Tea Party Tribune shout-out because he was the one candidate to respond to their questionnaire.

Once again, in politics, half of winning is just showing up.