Kristi Noem didn't make the cut for the debt super committee. Whew! Now that our Congresswoman knows she won't have to spend the August recess studying all those really hard numbers, maybe she can focus on scheduling some public events to get in touch with her constituents.
Alas, Kristi's calendar is still distressingly empty, with no updates since May. This hiding from the public is starting to border on gross incompetence. If I were Congressman, I'd have assigned a staffer and an intern (or, if I were Kristi, a staffer and myself) back in May to start calling chambers of commerce and county party officials to start scheduling August events. I'd have two or three public events five days a week all through August. I'd publish them on my calendar and in a big press release to every daily and weekly and blogger in the state by July 31 so that everybody and their ugly sister could look ahead and plan to come bend my ear at an event that fit their busy August schedules.
Perhaps our Congresswoman can make time for the common person on August 18 by dropping her Minnehaha Country Club fundraiser with Speaker of the House John Boehner. Seriously, Kristi, are you sure you want to be associated with Speaker Boehner? Since you went to work in Washington, your boss's popularity has dropped 31 points. Speaker Boehner is now as unpopular as Nancy Pelosi. Public Policy Polling finds Democrats nationwide hold an advantage in Congressional races; hanging around an unpopular speaker may only make matters worse for you.
Think about it, Kristi: The only event on your calendar right now is a swanky breakfast and photo op with a wildly unpopular Speaker of the House. Is that really the ball and chain you want to lug around in 2012? Don't you think you should hurry up and add some public meetings to your August 18 Sioux Falls itinerary... like, yesterday?!