I enjoy Denise Ross and Tom Lawrence’s inquisitive reporting style at the Mitchell Daily Republic, and I like the paper. Personally I don’t care that the Nielson poll was released one way or the other. Polls are fun to talk about, and we all know without exerting too much brain power that a rematch between Herseth Sandlin and Noem would be very close.
But I don’t understand why the MDR has chosen to make that poll the topic of so many recent stories.
First they reported on the poll Sept 20. Fine – whatever – most papers didn’t even acknowledge the poll.
Then the MDR’s political blog Republic Insider became defensive over the fact they published it.
Now nine days later, the MDR’s editorial board thinks that they need to take a position on the poll. Funny thing is, they didn’t even get the wild numbers right when quoting the poll.
According to Nielson Brothers, results showed that Herseth Sandlin would beat Noem 59 percent to 25 percent. The remaining 16 percent of respondents were undecided.
Those numbers cited actually were Noem’s lead over an unnamed Democrat. The race between Noem and SHS was:
Herseth Sandlin would defeat Noem 58 to 37 percent, with 5 percent undecided
The editorial read like one more way to diminish Noem.
We do not agree with all of Noem?s policies or political tendencies, but we do feel she deserves a chance to make her own imprint on Congress before hailing her as a savior to South Dakota politics or declaring her a loser in 2012. Opinions about Noem seem to be one or the other, with little sentiment in between… She has not yet made a splash in Congress, but neither has she hurt South Dakota in her year in office.
I guess being elected to serve as the freshman liaison to leadership from one of the largest freshman classes in the history of our country does not qualify as a splash to the MDR’s editorial board…