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Kristi Noem “Major Contender” for Debt Supercommittee

Get ready for S&P to downgrade our credit rating even further. As if to prove the credit raters' contention that our political system lacks the common sense to come up with solutions, The Hill's Bob Cusack says that South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem could be a "major contender" for appointment to the supercommittee charged with fixing the national debt.

I suppose we could be excited that little ol' Miss South Dakota would be invited to the big kids' table. She could represent South Dakota's interests. She could bring some good South Dakota ranch-kitchen-table common sense to those big Washington negotiations.

Of course, that would assume Noem has South Dakota's interests and not merely her personal power ambitions at heart. That would assume that she can actually remember or enunciate any specific proposals at the supercommittee meetings.

That would also assume that Congressional leaders are picking supercommittee members to reflect a diverse cross-section of America. Au contraire, says Cusack:

The four congressional leaders of the House and Senate have until Aug. 16 to make their appointments. While it is unclear which members will be tapped, Capitol Hill leaders are widely expected to pick party loyalists.

Both the left and right are wary of any possible defectors who would give the opposing party an edge in the talks, which will be aimed at reducing the debt by $1.5 trillion [Bob Cusack, "Contenders, Dark Horses to Land on Debt 'Supercommittee'," The Hill, 2011.08.09].

The party bosses won't pick strong voices for compromise, good policy, or constituents back home. They'll pick yes-people who toe the party line.

Dang: Noem's a shoe-in!


  1. Roger Elgersma 2011.08.09

    Noem went to Washington to balance the budget and the first chance she had she voted for Boehners plan which only one eighth balanced it. When she was in the legislature she had made a bad vote and her only answer was that the leadership said so when she was in leadership. She likes to have a king around to tell her what to do.

  2. Jana 2011.08.09

    That assignment would have to worth extra credit for our favorite intern. Just don't tell the S&P.

  3. Stan Gibilisco 2011.08.09

    "The [Republican] party bosses won't pick strong voices for compromise, good policy, or constituents back home. They'll pick yes-people who toe the party line."

    You're probably right, but let's see.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2011.08.09

    Stan, I'm always hoping for surprises!

  5. Douglas Wiken 2011.08.09

    With all the crap, there just has to be a pony in there someplace.

    If the GOP actually sticks any freshman congresscritter of any kind on that committee, their intention to destroy the economy and blame it all on Obama could not be any clearer.

    The GOP presidential candidates are alreay blaming Obama for the handiwork of the TEA party crazies.. GOP presidential candidates must be afflicted with a peculiar brain disorder.

  6. mike 2011.08.10

    She is hot and the GOP leaders are taking full advantage of her looks.

    Imagine an attractive lady on Capitol Hill getting everything she wants from older men...

  7. mike 2011.08.10

    If she hangs around long enough (makes the senate) I wouldn't be surprised to see her as a VP candidate or a serious presidential candidate by 2020.

  8. mike 2011.08.10

    • A House Republican freshman who voted for the debt-ceiling bill – Huge freshman class could get seat at the table. Names mentioned include Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.).

    Let's say they do pick Noem for this committee (which I think they will) wouldn't the other freshman eventually get tired of her acting like she is the only freshman who can serve in the public spotlight? I mean once in a while Kristi needs to share and stop grabbing the spotlight. The other women and men in the freshman class know she gets special treatment because she is attractive and that only goes over well so long...

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