Never mind how Rep. Herseth-Sandlin's votes have actually affected South Dakota. Never mind how candidate Noem's policy positions have all the substance of a misspelled Tea Party banner. Just make up some childish black-hat portrait that ignores the fact that, yes, golly gee, when you get elected to Congress, you wil spend a lot of time in Washington doing the job we the people pay you to do. And never mind there's not one bit of evidence that the Herseth Sandlin residence is in Texas. SHS and hubby Max got married in Brookings. They live in Brookings.
Noem has offered the amusing spectacle of trying to disguise her Tea Party associations from the general electorate. She won't confirm that she would join Michele Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus if elected, but it's obvious she will. (She's already a member of Bachmann's farm welfare club.) Noem happily courted the Tea Party vote for the primary. And what was the first thing she did after winning the primary on June 8? She flew to Rapid City to thank her Citizens for Liberty Tea Party supporters at a Rapid City rally:
Figure 1: Announcement of Kristi Noem Tea Party thank-you rally the day after her primary victory. (The Citizens for Liberty website was destroyed in a recent fit of pique by the guys who lost the organization's amusing civil war; the above is a screen-cap from the Google cache.)
In tactics and loyalty, the Noem campaign is Tea Party through and through. And that bodes ill for a state that would elect her to turn a vacuous, spite-based worldview into votes in Washington.
Bonus Tea Snark: I can't wait to hear whether Noem will take the Tea Party immigration stance that would deport Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Michelle Malkin.