Today seems to be a bit of a double punch from the GOP’s nattering nabobs of negativism out west, namely Gordon Howie and Bob Ellis.
First up this morning, Gordon Howie was out there again with more sour grapes talking about wanting a third party because he doesn’t like GOP Leadership in the state.
I haven’t ever been a strong advocate for a third party. That may be changing. Perhaps not yet, but I am listening to a growing number of people who have nearly given up on the Republican party.
Read that here. Gordon, go ahead and keep talking at yourself in the mirror. You ran, you lost. If you want to run again, run again. But quit grousing about the GOP. You’re the only one giving up. The rest of us are pitching in to elect the candidates we want to see in office.
But topped by even that, we have Bob Ellis poking at US Senator John Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem for not toeing the line of a national organization:
Of course, we expected liberal Democrat (pardon the redundancy) Tim Johnson to score pathetically low. But Senator John Thune, Republican Conference Chairman–the #3 spot in the Senate–came in at a rather bland 64%.
But he should be leading the way and exemplifying the fight for Republican values. Rep. Kristi Noem was even more pale at 56%; she can and should be doing better than this.
Read that here. The problem here is that Ellis refuses to do anymore than to put his snout in papers, snuffle and grunt, and pronounce the scorecard from a national organization as gospel.
In just a brief glance at it, here’s what Bob was demanding Thune and Noem do so they could have a higher score, and to toe the line with the Heritage Fund.
Bob wanted Thune & Noem to:
- Eliminate essential air service which serves many SD Communities.
- Vote against the farm bill in all instances.
- Cut funding for ethanol research.
- Raise the price (or eliminate) crop insurance for South Dakota farmers.
- Force main street businesses to pay taxes that internet vendors escape.
So, just to raise their score on this organization’s scorecard, which of those would you have our Washington delegation do?
Bob wants to put South Dakota into a statewide recession & kill the ag industry, but we’ll have a great score. Me? I think the way they voted was what South Dakotans elected them to do, because they each provide a vital link in the chain of our state’s economy.
And arbitrary scorecards from special interest groups can just be damned.