From Jon Ellis at the Argus Leader comes a humor piece, where amongst the jabs, he points out that South Dakota Democrats couldn’t make payroll:
Curiously, most of the candidates are Republicans. Only one of the state’s 23 registered Democrats, Rick Weiland, is in the race. When it started, 2013 promised to be the year when Stephanie Herseth Sandlin would revive her political career and U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, son of the senator, would start his. But Herseth Sandlin was attacked by the tea party wing of the Democratic Party and decided not to trade a cushy job for a campaign trail and the hectoring of McGovernites about universal health care.
Brendan Johnson, meanwhile, got elbowed out of the race by senior Democratic senators, who are among the finest statesmen that super PACs can buy. They tried to clear the Democratic field for Herseth Sandlin, and they ended up getting neither and making a hash out of the deal.
All of this led to the further demise of the Democratic Party in South Dakota, which would be put out of its misery if South Dakota allowed euthanasia. The chairman of the party, Ben Nesselhuf, fled to Iowa, where he felt life would be better managing a campaign against longtime conservative incumbent Steve King. At one point, the party couldn’t make payroll, and what’s left of it is sleeping under a bridge next to the Big Sioux River.
I’d heard a few rumors to that effect, specifically that Nesselhuf bailed on the Dems because he knew that funds coming from national Dems were coming to an end.
That, plus unknown or in Weiland’s case, awful candidates, does note bode well for their 2014 prospects.