I learn from Mr. Woodring that South Dakota's lone Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she pretty much won't vote for any health care legislation that has a chance of coming to a vote this month.
Rather than issue another call for a primary challenger to SHS (though in our first open primary, it would be nice to have some choices to attract our Independent friends to the show in June, wouldn't it?), I'm feeling bright-sidey. Could it be that SHS's no means Congress will say yes?
Consider: maybe the President and the Speaker have counted their votes. Maybe the invitation to the White House was a chance for the President to tell our Congresswoman, "We don't need your vote. Go ahead. Vote no. See how that plays with those crazy conservatives back home." Maybe this whole next month is just political theater, calculated right down to the final vote... a vote in which South Dakota's Congresswoman won't matter.
Nah. Not enough to make me feel better... and Dr. Blanchard says keep dreaming. Come on, Stephanie! Get with the Democratic program again and help us pass health insurance reform!
***Pipeline News from Corps of Engineers - I just heard on NPR SDPB-Radio that the US Corps of Engineers has stated that the current Dakota Access pipeline route under the Missouri is unsatisfactory...
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