- Pastor Steve Hickey now gets to joke about how Dr. Kevin Weiland has assumed the title for shortest South Dakota Congressional campaign ever (not to mention most signatures collected from eager party activists whose hopes are then single-handedly crushed).
- Pat Powers gets to put flip-flops on his blog to make fun of Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for switching her position on health care reform just to keep Weiland off the ballot.
- GOP House candidates R. Blake Curd and Kristi Noem pile on with the same criticism. There is a difference between voting against a bill and later promising not to vote to repeal it... but that difference is so thin and the promise so empty (SHS will not face a repeal vote this session, and even if she survives November, the 112th Congress is unlikely to seriously consider repeal... and President Obama would veto it anyway) that I'd just make an ass of myself trying to defend it.
- And just to top it off, South Dakota Dems make history by letting a sitting Senator go unchallenged for re-election. Ugh.
Update 10:31 CDT: No punchlines here: Dr. Weiland tells Kevin Woster that pressure from Washington and his own sense of family values caused him to make the wrenching call Tuesday afternoon. And before he quit, Weiland said directly to SHS, "No, you’re wrong. You’re on the wrong side of history. This is human rights for health care."