Senator Russell Olson (R-8/Wentworth) has regularly shown his failure to understand the usefulness of the Internet. But he's showing signs of coming around. He recently unblocked me from his Twitter account. And now he acknowledges that the South Dakota blogosphere is pretty darned smart:
I think what the lay-person understands is primary system because that’s where the media attention has fixed lately on who the best person in the primary would be. This is a game changer, and I really do think, it may be ahead its time, but I do think that for the average person out there that doesn’t find themselves watching the political blogs, that doesn’t find themselves following political process in South Dakota as a science would appreciate this type of a gesture and the primary, I think, is something that they can easily identify [Senator Russell Olson, Senate State Affairs Committee hearing, quoted by Cassie Bartlett, "Committee Approves Bill Proposing Primary Elections for Certain State Positions," SDPB.org, 2013.02.15].
In these comments explaining his support for Senate Bill 82, Olson says folks watching the blogs are smarter than typical voters. He says we blogorazzi are political scientists. That's a pretty big step for a politician whose online presence revolves around a 1960-style broadcast/billboard marketing model. Thanks, Russ!
Of course, Russ should note that his rah-rah corner of the South Dakota blogosphere thinks he's a meathead for voting for Senate Bill 82.