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SDGOP Fumbles Wismer-Faker Attack with Stock Photo Hypocrisy

Just as Susan Wismer farted up her own message on EB-5 theft by letting some meathead consultant plagiarize content from other candidates, the SDGOP now fumbles the chance it has to royally roast Wismer by committing its own blatant hypocrisy.

The SDGOP's spin machine now goes ape over the existence of stock photos in the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's advertising.

Does this sound familiar?

Remember Mike Rounds's Parisian stock photo flop last spring? 30 seconds of expensive TV advertising chock wall to wall with stock, non-South Dakota images. I called the Rounds ad stupid, lazy campaigning symbolizing a disconnect with South Dakota as well as a failure to perform the simple task of sending out a photographer to take lots of nice photos of South Dakota. I invite the same critique of Wismer's stock-tography.

But the SDGOP doesn't get to make fun of stock photos when its response to Mike Rounds's stock photos was this:

Can any campaign claim that they’re purely made in South Dakota?

Yes, it would appear that there are some stock images used in the Rounds commercial. And one of them was taken of a *gasp* french person. But then you look at the landscape of the rest of the campaigns.

...So, is this a legitimate campaign issue, or are we devolving into silliness by demanding that they adopt an impossible standard? Your thoughts? [Pat Powers, "Is the 'Made in South Dakota' Purity Test Impossible to Achieve? All Candidates Using Out of State Resources," Dakota War College, 2014.03.31]

My thought, South Dakota Republican Party, is that you are a bunch of opportunistic and amnesiac hypocrites. Carry on.


  1. Bill Fleming 2014.09.26

    ...and of course the video in your links is no longer there, Cory. Looks like somebody changed their mind. LOL

  2. Jim 2014.09.26

    I almost forgot about cardboard mike's French girlfriend.

  3. Donald Pay 2014.09.26

    Is a mug shot a stock photo?

  4. Roger Cornelius 2014.09.26

    And then there is this from Yahoo News,

    The new campaign slogan released today is:
    Republican Are People, Too

    As was pointed out in the article, this was the slogan used in post Watergate and Nixon resignation.
    It makes you wonder why they would feel the need to identify themselves as people.

  5. 96Tears 2014.09.26

    Good point, Roger. Why change now?

  6. lesliengland 2014.09.26

    oh, corporations are people too. whatever Boehner, Mcconnel, Kochs, ALEC and the rest like troy at the moment, feel they need to do or say gets financed and done. Corporate manipulation of mass populations that do not have the power.

  7. Roger Cornelius 2014.09.26

    96 Tears,

    I suppose you could argue the point that they haven't changed since 1974, they had Watergate in 1974 and now 2014 they have Roundsgate.

  8. Francis Schaffer 2014.09.26

    Campaigns must have all South Dakota photos/video but our investors can remain anonymous people from Asia?

  9. mike from iowa 2014.09.26

    Alaska has the same problem with carpetbagger Dan Sullivan who is the nominee for Senate for whitey wingnut party. His Alaska photos came from stock New Zealand photos. His opponents raked his heinie over the coals about it.

  10. Michael B 2014.09.27

    I don't think that the quality of a candidate's character has anything to do with where his campaign pictures were taken.

  11. JeniW 2014.09.27

    It is not a measure of quality of character, but where candidates have their campaign pictures taken might say something about where they prefer to spend their money.

    I have sometimes wondered if the candidate pictures are actually photo-shopped pictures? That is, there are stock photos of all kinds of places. Embed the candidates picture onto those stock photos, there you have it, well traveled without as much expense.

  12. Tim 2014.09.27

    Election is getting close, be a damn shame if they talked issues for a change, I suppose this is what you get when your party has no policy to base an intelligent conversation on.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2014.09.27

    Mike Rounds via Pat Powers keeps insisting that Rick Weiland won't talk issues, this given the fact that Rounds refuses to debate.
    Rounds and company want to talk about the issues, but he doesn't want to talk about the EB-5 issue.

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