It's not plagiarism; it's satire.
That’s coming from unnamed SD Democrats. Not me. And I’ll continue to point out the reality that Weiland is a shill. An overcoat draped over an empty seat.
A placeholder in the same tradition that Democrats fill many other races in South Dakota politics. And that’s coming from the other team [Pat Powers, "Democrats admitting that Weiland is potentially a mere placeholder for Brendan Johnson," Dakota War College, 2013.05.18].
Because there’s nothing more fun than parsing the evasive phoneyness of his words. One. At. A. Time:
To further flog his latest propaganda obsession, pooh-poohing Rick Weiland's candidacy as a fake, Powers points to page 2 of an AP article by Bill Barrow and Thomas Beaumont that discusses Democratic Party divisions in South Dakota and Georgia. Powers picks the closing of the article as the big news, since it reinforces his preferred narrative:
Weiland, meanwhile, quickly entered the race, in part to keep Herseth-Sandlin out, a sign of tension between the moderate and liberal wings. Weiland, who lost to Herseth-Sandlin in the 2004 House primary, is a close Daschle ally.
Brendan Johnson, also a Daschle ally, would not challenge Weiland, especially in a state where successful Democrats are rare and clubby. However, Weiland, while a seasoned party operative, would likely bow out, should the younger Johnson assess the race over the summer and decide to enter in the fall.
That scenario becomes more probable should the race for the Republican nomination become contested, South Dakota Democrats said [Bill Barrow and Thomas Beaumont, "Dems Senate Campaigns Marked by Internal Battles," AP, 2013.05.18].
From that one passage, Powers concludes that Democrats are admitting that the rumor he is selling is true.
Oh, wait, read that headline: not true-true. Just potentially true.
A bit too eager to find accompaniment to his own shower-singing, Powers links to the end of the article, hoping you won't read the beginning of the article:
In the contest for retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson's South Dakota seat, Democrats' preferred candidate now appears to be Rick Weiland, once a top aide to former Sen. Tom Daschle and twice an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Weiland launched his bid, with Daschle's backing, amid clamoring about Herseth-Sandlin and Johnson's son, Brendan, a U.S. attorney. State Democrats now say the younger Johnson likely won't run [Barrow and Beaumont, 2013.05.18].
A reminder to Powers, who makes clear with every rumor and press release he posts that he does not understand the rules of quality journalism: in normal journalism, the items placed first in the article are more important than the items placed at the end. The "South Dakota Democrats" whom Barrow and Beaumont get to speculate on hypotheticals at the end of their article say up front that the likely scenario is the exact opposite of what Powers is trying to make you believe: Weiland is the preferred candidate, and Johnson is not running. That's exactly what Rick Weiland has said. That's exactly what I say. That's exactly what logic and evidence say: throwing Rick Weiland in as a placeholder for Brendan Johnson at this point does not put any Democrat in a stronger position to run against Rounds, Noem, or Nelson for Senate in 2014.
And that's exactly the logic and evidence to which Pat Powers desperately avoids offering a response.
Speaking of putting the important information in a story first, this latest Dakota War College effort to manufacture a story and attack any Democrat who steps forward to run for office bears out the thesis that South Dakota Republicans hold about Dakota War College. (I've heard South Dakota Republicans say the following, so I get to cite them as a source and thump my chest as being right about my preferred narrative, right?) Pat Powers is not an authentic blogger. He is a paid shill for the leaders of Republican Party. Look at his list of sponsors: Dennis Daugaard, John Thune, the South Dakota Republican Party, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Click Rain Elect, the only private company sponsoring DWC, works for and is run by Republicans.
That’s coming from unnamed SD Republicans. Not me. And I’ll continue to point out the reality that Powers is a shill. An overcoat draped over an empty head.
A placeholder in the same tradition that Republicans have filled other spaces in the South Dakota blogosphere with paid propaganda quietly coordinated by Republican candidates. And that’s coming from the other team.
Update 10:49 MDT: The DC press and Pat want you to believe that unnamed South Dakota Democrats see Weiland as a placeholder whose entry into the race drove Stephanie Herseth Sandlin out. The DC press and Pat clearly aren't talking to named South Dakota Dems who are tight with both Weiland and SHS:
People on both sides of the Democratic divide were doubtful.
“Rick was in the race. Was that a consideration in some way? Maybe it was,” said Ryan Casey, a leader in the “Draft Brendan” movement. “I think the biggest things were exactly what she said in making her announcement, that she wants to spend time with her family.”
Judy Duhamel, a former chairwoman of the South Dakota Democratic Party and a close Herseth Sandlin ally, also downplayed Weiland’s role.
“If she felt the right thing to do was to run, she would have been 100 percent in there,” Duhamel said. “I don’t think any candidate in a primary would have been threatening to her” [David Montgomery, "Dearth of Star Power Hinders S.D. Democrats," that Sioux Falls paper, 2013.05.19].