This was an interesting e-mail coming out yesterday from the South Dakota Democrats.
In the announcement for their “McGovern Day” dinner, they have the invitation coming from ex-Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, which would seem to give the impression that she’s building a strong connection with the State party organization as it promotes one of it’s big yearly fundraisers (in a struggle to keep from going underwater).
The event will feature Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, who before running himself, used to be on the staff of Rep. James Traficant. Traficant, if you recall, was expelled from the House and sent to prison for seven years after being convicted of a list of crimes including taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering and forcing his aides to perform chores. (No word if Ryan is going to talk about doing chores on Traficant’s Ohio farm or D.C. houseboat at the dinner.)
I’m more interested in the co-branding of the event with Herseth-Sandlin, though.
It seems to parallel some of the efforts that various Republicans in the 2018 race for Governor, such as Marty Jackley and Mark Mickelson are making, in which they’re headlining GOP Dinners across the state.
They’re headlining these events, because for all practical purposes, Republicans are calling the 2106 major statewide races DONE Paula Hawks is simply one of the worst candidates that Democrats have ever put up for Congress. And Jay “If no one else will do it” Williams is even worse.
By bringing in Stephanie to encourage people to attend, it’s like they’re trying to scrape the bad meal they’ve been served up for 2016 off of their tongue, and to start talking about 2018, when one of their former stars might be thinking about running for office. Because make no mistake – no one (except for their spouses) are coming to the event for Hawks and Williams.
Democrats are going to attend with the hopes of glimpsing the promise of the red meat they might be served 2 years hence. They’re certainly not coming for a meal where they are served microwaved leftovers complete with a side of beets, because that’s all that was left in the cupboard.