Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has talked herself into a problem.
She has caught herself between pleas for relief for West River ranchers who lost thousands of cattle and tea party conservatives who want to limit government no matter the cost — even at the expense of relief for ranchers, such as the ones Noem represents.
It has truly brought the hypocrisy of the tea party and its sycophants to light [editorial, Aberdeen American News, 2013.10.20].
The AAN editors urge South Dakota's voters to hold Noem accountable for her selfish priorities:
Mark this one down: When she had a chance to vote to restart government, avoid a devastating financial crisis and support her constituents, she said no.
Noem chose to side with the political vultures and voted to bring her country to the brink of economic disaster.
Will South Dakota, 12 months from now, remember Noem's choice? [AAN, 2013.10.20]
They will remember if Corinna Robinson and I and thousands of other angry South Dakotans have anything to say about it. Corinna, pull that editorial and read it verbatim to an audience every day for the next 378 days.