South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Dakota Midday closed out its series of candidate profiles this noon with a half hour of the typical word salad we've all come to expect from illegitimate U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth. Since SDPB is a family network, Bosworth had to change gears after her recent adults-only press conference.
Despite the stream-of-consciousness buzzword repetition and rapidly proliferating run-on sentences (heck, run-on paragraphs!), the Madville Times took a few evening moments to transcribe some of Bosworth's ... well ... collections of words. Bosworth hopes they're words that will convince you that she's as wonderful as she thinks she is. I hope they'll confirm Bosworth's rightful place as the fifth-best candidate in Tuesday's five-way Republican primary.
In each bit of transcription below, any links are my own, as are any attempts to determine where one sentence ends and another begins. Because I would hate to deprive you, dear readers, of the context provided by several minutes at a stretch of Bosworth's goings-on (and on and on and on ... seriously, Karl, get in there during one of her many awkwardly placed pauses and put listeners out of their confusion!), I give you only the time window of uninterrupted Bosworth commentary for each quotation from the half-hour interview.
Toward the end of a three-and-a-half minute verbal ramble about why she's running for Senate:
I am of the generation that it is about the population of people you take care of and that is our responsibility to improve their health and as soon as you pass that to the government, look at the naughty things they’ve already done. And I know that first-hand because I run my own company. I am not a corporation; I’m my own small internal medicine company, and I see first-hand what happens when the government organizations began to run the processes more and more and more [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 0:50 and 4:14].
Appearing to interpret questions as fears and citing her drive to stand still on Obamacare:
And that is one of the greatest fears that I hear about on this campaign trail: Is it even possible to make a difference? And I believe yes, but it takes people who are driven to stand still in the midst of chaos and the discourse that has become our political climate and still be able to see, “why did I do this?” [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 4:21 and 5:48].
In a passage on states' rights where, to be perfectly honest, I can really only guess at the punctuation:
What is in our Constitution and has worked for years, for generations, is to allow your states to have their own responsibility, take ownership of what’s happening in your own community, engage in the process, and be part of those decisions. And the more we have surrendered that privilege, that honor of the republic of our United States, the less engagement and autonomy … We’ve continued to see that fade each generation [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 6:00 and 6:57].
Maligning the fact that current foreign policy doesn't make sense:
There isn’t a history book that tells us how technology and warfare today is so much different than it’s been. But that is where our experts who’ve been on the front lines, many of which are my friends, who tell me unbelievable stories about the lack of support in the places needed and the abundant funding in places that just does not make sense [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 7:30 and 9:33].
On medical accountability, in a four-and-a-half minute wander that (I think) started on the problems in the VA medical system:
It’s the same reason that the Obamacare process has a flaw. That the end service should be, did my clinic, where I serve people, do the job that needed to get done and have satisfied customers that I personally am held responsible for? Not, did I do a good enough job to generate a report that gets me paid by the federal government, who’s 2,000 miles away, and if the report looks good enough, I get the money so I can keep on doing the job I’ve been doing without the immediate feedback from the front lines? [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 10:14 and 14:40]
In what Karl Gehrke intended as a chance for Bosworth to make the pitch about what she's got that the four other Republican candidates don't:
Again and again, I find the places where citizens feel they have no voice when Big Government says, “Oop. Stop doing that. It doesn’t matter if the intent was correct; what you’re doing broke a letter somewhere, and I gotcha!” [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 15:08 and 16:28]
And telling us how she's like Malcolm X:
Bosworth: But, if you recall, Malcolm X said, “What do you call a black man who has a Ph.D.?” Do you remember this statement?
Gehrke: Refresh us.
Bosworth: OK, so, well, we’ll be careful on the air. What do you call a black man with a Ph.D.? He was making a point that what our culture was calling them began with the word … with an "n," and I won’t use the word. But he said that’s what someone will always call them unless we address the issues of racism. And as you look at the response, specifically by the Argus Leader, who said, “Oh, she doesn’t like the name-calling. You should get out of politics.” This is not name-calling, because what do you call a physician in South Dakota who is one of the experts in electronic healthcare delivery, who has service work beyond, beyond most people’s imagination for politicians, who has an understanding of Obamacare beyond most politicians in Washington? What do you call that woman who stands up and runs for U.S. Senate in South Dakota? Crazy’s the first word, and the second word begins with "c." 80,000 times [Annette Bosworth, interviewed on Dakota Midday, 2014.05.29, timestamp between 16:48 and 19:20].
There you have it, friends. Illegitimate U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, in her own words.