Outgoing Rep Stephanie Herseth Sandlin found time to sit down with journalist Judy Woodruff to discuss the 2010 election — the interview was aired tonight on PBS.
Watch it all here:
Some thoughts on the interview:
1. SHS says her defeat came down to two main things — that it was a wave year and because of undisclosed money coming into SD. The wave year — okay I’ll buy that….but undisclosed money…..really? I guess I’d like to see some back up to that…because if I remember the campaign reports SHS had the highest amount of out of state money (yes that would be disclosed money — but if we are gonna point to out of state money it seems to me that title would go to her — which as the incumbent is to be expected)
2. SHS says with improved Get Out the Vote and more money to emphasize her independent record the results may have been different. Her person was running the State Dems, why wasn’t the GOTV effort better — it’s bread and butter for candidates. Also SHS voting with Pelosi over 90% of the time makes the “independent” label a little hard to swallow.
3. SHS cites voting against climate change to support her position as a centrist. I found it very interesting that she didn’t say she voted against health care when she talked about that issue — in fact she said the bill should have been a bigger priority.
4. Perhaps the most troubling statement she makes “Redistricting is one of the significant threats to the House of Representatives and to that our democratic institutions, representative democracy.” Unfortunately there is no follow up by Judy Woodruff — but holy cow — personally I’d have jumped all over that to ask her to explain herself…..I truly find that troubling….now her defenders will say it’s in reference to the moderates in the House — but redistricting is a tradition (heck it’s even part of the constitution) — and usually it’s only bad when your side is on the losing side…meaning the majority gets more power….mmmmm I’m thinking that is democracy at it’s core. But then I didn’t go to Georgetown.
5. SHS says she doesn’t think anyone takes their base for granted……I think Hilde/Weiland would disagree with that. And frankly, I think when SHS says the moderates get “ridiculed from the right and demonized from the left, lambasted from the left”, I’m guessing she may have been thinking of her office neighbor Steve Hildebrand.
6. Her parting advice/threat to the Republicans — Don’t over read the mandate. Solid advice and for those who think she’ll run again…..that very well could be her opening salvo for 2012.
I’m sure you’ll let me know what you think…..