I take it all back: Congresswoman Kristi Noem is a genius. Just look at her new political action committee. She didn't just call it "Kristi-PAC," the way some other pols just slap their name on their slush funds. She and her top-notch advisors put their heads together and came up with a real whopper of a name: Keeping Republican Ideas Strong Timely & Inventive PAC. K-R-I-S-T-I PAC. Brilliant. Josh and Jordan probably spent more time dreaming up that acronym than they have coming up with an honest defense of why Noem thinks her supersized farm subsidies are more important than public broadcasting, women's health care, and the Institute for Peace (a program, by the way, that General Anthony Zinni says is pretty darned useful).
Dakota War College reads the formation of KRISTI-PAC as the sign of an "astute politician" getting ready to run for Senate in 2014. But as NYT's Derek Willis explains, leadership PACs' money "cannot be transferred to a candidate's congressional campaign." This PAC isn't about serving South Dakota; it's abotu playing games with all of her new fawning Washington friends.