Politics at the Fair?

Yesterday, I went to the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls.  It was a perfect night for such an outing.  I did make my way to the Expo building.  Where everyone set to sell or promote products, including political parties.

First, a tip of the hat to Jo Beal and the staff at the fair grounds.  They did a great job getting everything ready for the fair.  I also thought the wall/banners of heroes was a very nice touch.  The folks who run the State Fair should take a lesson or  two from Sioux Empire Fair, about how to get turned around.

In years’ past, competing groups where placed close together, The Right to Life folks right around the corner from Planned Parenthood.  Roofing companies grouped closed together,  Democrats across the aisle from Republicans, while well meaning this lead to some tense moments and awkward situations.  This year, it was quite different.  The various groups were placed far enough and out of sight of each other to prevent such issues.

I did stop by both the Democratic and Republican booths.  I have to say the Democratic booth was much more inviting, the folks manning the booth were welcoming and more than willing to chat with me, until it was learned I was republican, I was quickly ushered away.

The Republican booth had only one person, Representative Hal Wick.  There were some outdated campaign materials,  a few John Thune balloons, and some treats for the kidos.   I was somewhat disappointed.

There could a number of contributing factors to what I saw.  It was somewhat late in the day, and the booths were winding down for the day. It was opening day, and a work day. Of course, it is a non-election year, and there there isn’t anything major happening on the state level.  It makes sense to save resources for election years, or for when there are more people milling about, or when there some major bill pending.

These fairs, local town celebrations, regional fairs and even The State Fair is a great chance to meet people, listen to what concerns them, and promote your point of view. Granted, when people go to the fair they don’t want to talk politics. Even if they want to talk about the 4-H rabbits, this is a great chance for people to learn your name, and put a face with that name.

Tomorrow, I am headed to a non-political ‘event‘ at the Madison DQ.  I hope to see a few representatives helping the cause, and maybe shaking a few hands.

14 Replies to “Politics at the Fair?”

    1. MC Post author

      That is a very good question. I tried very hard not to be confrontational.

      I don’t know if thier positions were so weak they could not stand review.

      I may have asked two or three questions. (Sarcasm ahead) Maybe their position is so enlighten, that we are not question it.

  1. Anonymous

    Republicans need to take notice that the Democrats are very motivated and we cannot sit back and lollygaggle or we may be in for a closer race in 2012 or ’14 then we are expecting.

    1. Job Creator

      Do you think the frustration that the Congress has generated will carry into the South Dakota house race?

      Do you think the South Dakota Democrats will have enough guts to really get after Kristi?

      Do you think the South Dakota Republicans in the legislature will suffer because of all this political discontent?

    1. Anonymous

      I find that reply surprising Mr. Jones. While you are more than likely correct, one should assume that the answer is yes, yes, yes, just in case. But, being all knowing and all seeing in regards to all that is political in SD, maybe you are right.

  2. anon

    I do think the Dems will go after Noem and very hard. I don’t really know how much money they will have though.

    My guess is that they could raise a fair ammount if Varilek really does have Tim Johnson’s committment to help fundraise. Varilek also used to work for Daschle and if Daschle would committ to raising money along with the possiblity that Stephanie Herseth helps raise money. Varilek could combine his resources with outside groups upset about Medicare and make it a very contentious race even if he is only able to capture 40% of the vote.

    Plus the fact that Hildebrand and Johnson’s groups both have 2 of the top 3 political data bases in the country generated by the 2002 and 2004 races against John Thune.

    And maybe Medicare is an issue that will allow a Democratic nominee to get traction (though not win)?

    My prediction is that the Dems go at Noem as hard as they possibly can and if they do succeed in raising the money to run a strong campaign they will jump the shark and make Noem look sympathetic.

    Noem wins easy in 2012 but probably not as big as Thune did when he was in congress.

  3. springer

    Not addressing Medicare, which is the Dem’s strategy, is actually the biggest threat to Medicare. But that’s not the message that gets out. Reps need to be much stronger in how they will strengthen or change Medicare so that it is a viable program, and point out how doing nothing or kicking the can or simply saying no to any change will kill it in the long run. People who simply hear a few soundbites and don’t think believe the rhetoric of Dems that the Reps will hurt Medicare. However, open minded citizenry realizes this rhetoric is not the answer, however, loudly it is repeated.