Ken Blanchard likes to make my life difficult. Saturday the good professor tweaked me (with ever-amusing graphics), fusing me with Steve Hildebrand and other Weiland Wildcats to depict us Dems as double-dealing opportunists (o.k., I overstate, but the phrase was fun!).
The good professor has a point. Place my commentary about Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's recognized ability to check Speaker Pelosi's power alongside my previous criticism of SHS's Blue Dog votes on big issues and my promotion of the all-too-brief Weiland campaign, and I do sound a bit hypocritical.
No more so, though, than in 2008 when my man Dennis Kucinich dropped out and I had to swing behind the all-too-centrist Barack Hussein Obama. No more so than Clinton people who switched to Hope and Change after their gal's last great and fruitless victory in South Dakota, or the Huckabee/Romney/Giuliani people who got behind McCain-Palin. No more so than Dr. Blanchard himself, who was able to look past lots of differences with McCain to deem him preferable to the alternative. And certainly no more so than the Nelson and Curd people (including Curd's former campaign manager) who are now beating the Noem drum.
Dr. Blanchard's mirthful criticism plagues me nonetheless, and to stave off further tossing and turning, I must elaborate: Yes, after all my criticism of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, I am 95% certain that I will check her name on the November ballot. In encouraging my neighbors to do the same, I will step occasionally out of my Wellstone waders, try on my good-neighbor galoshes, and muck about in others' worldviews. My Friday post on SHS's pull with Pelosi is not an endorsement or criticism on my part of SHS's voting record—I still think the big votes where she bucked the Speaker and the Dem majority were bad, bad, bad. The point of my Friday post was to cite specific evidence that counters the Noem narrative that equates SHS with Pelosi in a fallacious effort to make the election about someone other than the women on the ballot.
I can point out that Noem's rhetoric is wrong without being a Herseth true believer, just as I can point out the contradiction between religion and patriotism without going to church on Sunday.
But I will still have lots of 'splainin' to do... as the good Dr. Blanchard will so persistently, pesteringly, and perfectly appropriately remind me.
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