Last updated on 2012.11.09
KELO actually tries to apply a little heat to Governor Dennis Daugaard for saying the voters who turned down his two (count them! two!) signature pieces of legislation Tuesday were just tired and stupid. Sensing the Facebook rage over the Governor's denialist insult, KELO interviews cranky commenter Andrew Simmons:
Andrew Simmons said while it's true some people he talked to at his polling place were unclear about the ballot issues, most people were informed.
"We take our responsibility very seriously. We wouldn't just go to the polls and randomly fill in circles," Simmons said [Ben Dunsmoor, "Voters Respond to Governor's Comments," KELOLand.com, 2012.11.08].
Governor Daugaard, sensing his verbal misstep, pretends to apologize but continues to assume that those of us who vote against his agenda are ignorant:
I'm sorry if I offended anyone with what I said. I have great respect for the voters, and I appreciate the time they take to study and understand the ballot measures, especially in a year when there are so many of them. The voters have a healthy skepticism, and when they feel their questions haven't been answered, they make the sensible decision to vote 'no'... [Governor Dennis Daugaard, written statement to KELO, quoted by Dunsmoor, 2012.11.08].
Yes, I'm sure the Governor is sorry to have offended people... but notice that "sorry" does not entail a retraction of what he said. He continues to ply the line that there were just so gosh darn many measures on the ballot, hinting again that people just got worn out before they got to his poison legislation. He then ignores what citizen Simmons said and insists that, golly, the majority just must not have had enough information.
Pay close attention, voters: Governor Daugaard is excusing what he perceives as your fatigue and ignorance, but he's still telling himself (and the press!) that he lost Tuesday because of that fatigue and ignorance. He's telling himself that if he just makes a better marketing pitch for his bad plans, he'll get more votes next time. He ignores the legislative history of his education bill. The more time legislators had to read the bill, the less they supported it. Dennis, did you really expect any different result from the voters?
Governor Daugaard's head-in-the-sandiness sounds a lot like his fellow Republican Troy Jones's assertion that Latinos, blacks, young people, single women, and anyone else who voted for Barack Obama are really Republicans but just don't know it yet. Troy and Dennis just need to educate them so they can overcome their ignorance and vote the right way.
Are no Republicans in this state capable of living in reality?
Governor Daugaard, let me try again: South Dakota did not reject your corporate welfare slush fund and education reform plan because they lacked information. When I circulated petitions last spring to refer your education plan, lots of signers knew exactly what I was talking about. They read your bills, they read my blog and others, and they recognized that your proposals were bad proposals.
Let's not play stupid, Dennis. South Dakota's voters killed Referred Law 14 and Referred Law 16 for good reasons. Now give up, move on, and look for different policies that will actually do South Dakota some good.