Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the Teabaggers and 9-12ers and whoever else belongs to this weird mass of well-fed yet politically cranky people aren't completely politically impotent. Maybe the Tea "Party" really has changed the political landscape for the better... by keeping abortion off the South Dakota ballot.
Dan Hodges of ThePostSD reminds us that, for the first time since 2004, South Dakota does not have a ballot measure proposing restrictions on abortion. Pot, tobacco, cement, and union ballots, yes, but the April 6 deadline for initiated measures came and went. The 2010 Legislature didn't mention the word abortion in a single bill or resolution, so there's no legislation to refer.
Now that the Unruhs no longer get to live on the federal trough of abstinence funds, Leslee has gone strangely quiet, perhaps to avoid further contradicting husband Allen's newfound interest in masquerading as an anti-government freedom fighter.
Maybe the Teabaggers have slurped up all the energy to be had from the culture warriors. Where certain righteous demagogues spent 2006 and 2008 reducing politics to cries of "We love babies!" they now scratch their crusader's itch by crying "Obama's a socialist!" and threatening civil war.
So maybe the Teabaggers have done some good. Could they be the reason we have no abortion measure on South Dakota's 2010 ballot?
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