And now from the Department of Blatantly Biased Ellipsis, Governor Dennis Daugaard sums up the job performance Republicans expect of their elected officials:
"I look at myself and I think how little I do..." [Governor Dennis Daugaard, interview, Karl Gehrke, "Trail of Governors," SDPB, 2013.06.17].
He said it, not me!12 comments
From right to hard right? After appointing Paul Ryan true believer Joseph Schartz as student regent, Governor Dennis Daugaard reached out and pulled Tea Party faker R. Blake Curd back into the Legislature.
Curd served one term in the State House before Kristi Noem bewitched the Tea Party vote away from him in the 2010 GOP U.S. House primary. Now he steps up to the District 12 Senate seat vacated by Sanford-promoted J. Mark Johnston. (Remind me to move to District 12 and run as C. Allen.)
I suppose I shouldn't worry too much that Senator R. Blake Curd will pull the South Dakota Senate any further right. Despite his fake-right posing in the 2010 campaign, Curd accumulated a remarkable record of unconservative legislation in the House that should make right wingnuts cringe. (What is it about Sioux Falls doctors pretending to be Republicans just to get elected?)
And on the very good side, Curd's reëntry into politics opens the door for mirthful typos about Senator Crud.3 comments
Republican Senate candidate M. Michael Rounds and his paid advertisers want you to know that he likes guns. He splashes photos of himself with a shotgun online to assure us he can govern well.
And note, that's his right shoulder.
...even takes his coffee left...37 comments
In the "Your Tax Dollars at Work" department, KELO and the state of South Dakota make blogging easy:
Oh look! Governor Daugaard has hired Mummenschanz!
These four white horsemen of the Apocalypse will tour the Midwest on a bus chartered (bought?) by the South Dakota Department of Tourism urging people to come vacation in South Dakota.
Our mascots might more effectively make that sale if Abe didn't look like he just got shot.23 comments
Time for Anna Madsen and other prominent Brendan-backers to switch gears. Instead of reading Brendan Johnson's tea leaves for signs of progressivism, South Dakota Dems looking for a party standard-bearer have a declared U.S. Senate candidate: Rick Weiland!
Here are quick reasons Dems can fire up about Rick's announcement:
I do not endorse tonight; I reserve the right vote for any other Democrat who may throw in for the Senate primary and can better tickle my Wellstonian fancy. (Hey, Jeff Barth! Up for another walk at Great Bear?) But at this point, I greet Rick Weiland's entry into the race with enthusiasm. He's definitely a step toward building a winning Dem ticket. And if he's not the best Dem, he represents a step toward an energizing primary.41 comments
I don't go to Tea Party rallies to make mischief. I save the mischief for afterwards.
Here are some photos from today's Tea Party "Constitution Rally" at Memorial Park in Rapid City.
Video and commentary coming up tomorrow. Stay tuned!21 comments
Snow days evidently drive me to lower my standards to those of the Republican spinsters with whom I share the South Dakota blogosphere. But at least they don't drive me to drink!
A few months ago, Pat Powers found it newsworthy to mention the fact that Democratic candidate for Congress Matt Varilek appeared on occasion to enjoy alcoholic refreshments. Powers suggested that individuals engaging in such bacchanalia "don’t post photos and brag about it on the Internet."
Tony Post, SDGOP exec, gin drinker. Cheers.5 comments