The next big public forum for South Dakota's Republican U.S. Senate candidates happens Tuesday (tax day! good timing for a conservative audience!) at the Good Samaritan Jerstad Center in Sioux Falls. The Siouxland Republican Women will throw tough questions at Stace Nelson, Jason Ravnsborg, Larry Rhoden, and GOP frontrunner....

Wait, where is Mike Rounds running? An eager reader gets hold of an e-mail from the Siouxland Republican Women sent yesterday, Saturday, at about a quarter to two in the afternoon, announcing that a member of the Rounds campaign had just called and withdrawn from the forum. The SRW e-mail says Team Rounds had committed in January to attend, but "They will not be attending now due to a conflict."

Hmm... Rounds shows up for the first big joint debate among all candidates Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon, he pulls out of the very next joint forum? Boy, that may be the clearest verdict on who didn't win yesterday's debate.