My friends of the Republican persuasion like to razz Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for declining to answer a simple question with an obvious answer (assuming Pelosi wins re-election, assuming Blue Dogs don't stage some insurrection to install a nice moderate South Dakota gal as the new face of the Demoratic Party).
Funny that my Republican friends' gal Kristi Noem plays cute on the very same question:
The interviewer asks Noem for whom she'd vote for Speaker of the House. Noem asks someone next to her, "Can I answer that on tape?" She then avoids the question and any mention of the GOP man who would be speaker, Rep. John Boehner from Ohio, who by some measures is less popular than Nancy Pelosi.
Make of all this what you will. Is Noem incapable of forming her own answers? Is she just as dodgy as Republicans like to accuse Herseth Sandlin of being? Is she following Sarah Palin's example of giving nothing but smart-alecky answers? Might she actually not know which big Republicans are likely candidates for the job? Or is Noem just winking at Eric Cantor?
Pick your spin, but remember: Noem didn't answer the question. Par for the course in Noem-land.
Note that the interviewer is from TellDC.com, a purportedly non-partisan group. The video is posted by the Speaker Education Project, which appears to have the goal of getting Congress to elect a non-partisan non-member as Speaker. (Congress can do that: check the Constitution, Article I, Section 2—no requirements!) The Speaker Education Project is a project of Americans for Limited Government, who sound like Kristi's people.
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