Is she talking about the election we had last night?

An acquaintance sent this over to me, and I have to ask if Ann Tornberg is talking about the election we had last night, because her enthusiasm seems a bit misplaced.

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Ann Tornberg” <>
Date: November 9, 2016 at 3:08:06 PM CST
Subject: Thank you

Thank you. 

For all your hard work, for all the time you’ve committed, for the hard-earned money you have donated, and for reading all these emails, to support South Dakota Democrats up and down the ballot – thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Because of your hard work, we were able to defeat Referred Law 19, the incumbent protection plan, and Referred Law 20, which would have lowered the minimum wage for young workers. Once again, Democrats showed that when our ideas are on the ballot, the people of South Dakota agree.  

Because of your hard work, our statewide candidates – U.S. Senate Candidate Jay Williams, U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks, and Public Utilities Commission Candidate Henry Red Cloud were able to run great campaigns. Running against well-funded political insiders like John Thune, Kristi Noem, and Chris Nelson is a tall challenge, but our candidates ran smart, energetic campaigns and raised some very important issues. They, and all Democrats, can be proud of the races they ran. 

Because of your hard work months before the election, Democrats had an impressive slate of legislative candidates including a Grammy nominated artist, an escaped hostage of Saddam Hussein, a former gubernatorial cabinet member, along with teachers, health care providers, firefighters, farmers, lawyers, and business leaders. These candidates were moved to run to provide balance and accountability in state government, and Democrats remain committed to that cause. The Democrats who were elected to the legislature are ready to work across the aisle for the betterment of all South Dakotans.

Last night didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, and we lost some tough races in South Dakota and around the country. But Democrats will continue to fight to move our state and nation forward and to promote our shared values of rewarding hard work, investing in our children, advancing inclusion and empowerment of others, and expanding opportunity for all. 

Today we begin the fight for 2018. We must build to make gains in the State Legislature, to elect Democrats to state constitutional offices, to the Governor’s office, and to take back South Dakota’s U.S. House seat.

Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication.


Ann Tornberg
South Dakota Democratic Party Chair

She left out the part about all these candidates getting their butts kicked.

I agree the Democrat party must build, but for about the last decade that hasn’t happened. And Tornberg took them the farthest they’ve been down in the hole in over 50 years.

Will they “build?” Sure. You bet. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I’m not sure why 2018 would be any different than the many years that have preceded it for quite a while.

7 Replies to “Is she talking about the election we had last night?”

  1. Troy Jones

    The utter failure at every level of the SDDP to provide meaningful competition to the GOP is not good for our State. We have the better ideas but they never get proven* by being put through a fire of competent contrary discussion. We propose and the response is either unintelligible babble or a lament the GOP’s unfettered power without them realizing we can do nothing about their babble or the lack of presence at the table. This situation is all on them.

    At the Election party on Tuesday, I was visiting with a former legislator and I asked if he ever thought of going back. While he said probably not, he said the only reason to do it was to play devil’s advocate because the Democrats are so utterly incompetent and impotent. His comment was a total summation of the state of Democrats in SD- a good conservative Republican thought the best he could contribute to the process was to role play as the “loyal opposition.” It is a tragedy.**

    * Definition of proven: to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc

    Definition of tragedy: a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster

  2. Anonymous

    I have had a plan for the SDDP to win races and rebuild their party for a few years. I don’t know why the SDDP is so incompetent.

      1. Anonymous

        I wonder-was it to push conservative ideas instead of the Democrat platform? That just may work!

        Is anyone else sick of Greg Belfrage having Corey Hamburglar on his radio show? He’s on again this morning and I can’t stand to listen to him squawk. Enough already! Let him fade into obscurity as he deserves.

        1. Anonymous

          If we can collect donations for Hamburglar to move to Portland would he go? He would fit in perfectly there.