If there is any outrage, Hurst suggests it lies in Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's missing the point over the incident:
This week the Congresswoman asked us to return her to Congress. She has just been appointed to the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. But it occurs to me that she has been so amped up with mock outrage that she never bothered to read the banner: "America Honors Leaders, Not Politicians. Stop Global Warming." I would feel a lot more comfortable giving her my vote if she showed as much passion and outrage about the problem of global climate change as she does about the Greenpeace trespassers [emphasis original; Sam Hurst, "Greenpeace Banner Challenges Congresswoman Herseth-Sandlin… 'Be a Leader, Not a Politician'. She Refuses," Dakota Day, 2009.07.09].
Hurst and I likely constitute a minority, likely to be heaped by our neighbors with scorn and calls to go back to Russia. One does not score political points in South Dakota by giving Greenpeace activists the time of day, let alone praising their message. But Hurst reminds us that the Greenpeace activists are making more than one point that many of South Dakota's politicians would rather we not pay attention to.