I think many of us had a good time discussing sdrepublican.org last week. Jonathon Ellis did a good job discussing the rankings in the Argus and also gave the SDWC some props for our sleuthing.
People wanted to know who was behind it, and the blog Dakota War College did some investigating. Turns out the site was being hosted by a server linked to Rep. Stace Nelson, the first-term Republican and retired Marine who hasn?t been afraid to challenge his party?s leadership.
But Ellis’ article highlighted one thing the party and its leaders might want to consider. Is it a good idea to have a Chairman who is also a legislator? Now those of us who know Tim Rave know he is a nice guy, but his dueling roles as Chairman and legisator at some point could cause a conflict as highlighted by his statement in the Argus:
Rave says the rankings are subjective. I think he was holding his tongue. ?I don?t remember midwifery in the party platform,? he said.
Regardless of whether or not midwifery is supported in the party platform, many conservatives do support it. I am passionate about the issue. Honestly, why is it anyones job to tell a woman she can’t be assisted in having a baby in the comfort of her home?
It is a party leader’s job to unite the different factions among the GOP in order to have the strongest party heading into the upcoming election. That task is likely much more difficult for a sitting legislator who will have to take positions on divisive issues.