Is hindsight really 20/20?

In a Rapid City Journal editorial, Randall Rasmussen looks at past elections.

Clinton won 55 percent of the votes on June 3, 2008. Clinton’s moderate message was a better received by ordinary South Dakota Democrats, but Obama won over the super delegates — made up of the party elite — and he walked away with 12 delegates to Clinton’s nine.

In fact, Clinton won 21 of 38 state primaries in 2008, but Obama was the favorite at more state caucuses and with super delegates, members of the party elite who are not tied to primary or caucus results. Did the average voter know that Clinton would make a better president?

The average voter knows more that most politicians or bureaucrats give them credit for.

…a Republican tsunami swept over the nation on Tuesday. As of last week, Republicans had picked up six more U.S. Senate seats, 64 U.S. House seats, six governorships and an astounding 680 state legislature seats nationwide.
In South Dakota, three-term Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lost to little-known Republican Kristi Noem, Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard won 62 percent of the votes over Scott Heidepriem for governor, and Republicans won eight more state Senate seats and four more House seats, for a 29-6 advantage in the Senate and a 50-19 edge in the House.

State Rep. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown, who lost her House seat, blamed anti-Washington sentiment.

“You would have thought by listening to the campaign that we were running for a seat in Congress, not for a position in Pierre,” Turbak Berry told the Associated Press.

For some reason, Repersenative Turbak Berry still doesn?t get it,  probably explains why she lost.  It is not anti-Washington, or anti-incumbant, or even anti-Pierre.  We want our representatives who will listen to us.  We want people who will apply common sense when making decisions, people who understand the proper role of government.


On Tuesday, Americans in flyover country used their votes to tell the ruling elite in Washington what they think of their plans to change the nation.

Yes we did, and many of those Washington elites (even those not elected) will soon be unemployed as a result of them not listening.  Then new cadre of lawmakers, federal  and state levels,  would do well to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors, if they want to stay in office.

2 Replies to “Is hindsight really 20/20?”

  1. ip

    From the Missoulian:

    Out in independent-minded Montana, Baucus has heard no shortage of criticism over a provision that would require those who still don't have insurance after various program expansions take place in 2014 to purchase insurance through a government-sponsored exchange.

    "I can understand that. No one likes to be told what to do, especially in a state like ours," Baucus said.

    But any changes made next year will require buy-in from Republicans. So will deals to reduce the deficit, or to reform the tax code to make it simpler.

    Baucus told a group of business leaders Friday morning that party leaders will each have to agree to give a little. Right now, with angry Republican leaders looking to politically embarrass Obama, such compromises seem unlikely.

    "There is no reason not to try," Baucus said. "It's early, the election was just a week ago."


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