The other day, someone brought up the question: “What will the political future hold for Attorney General Marty Jackley if Obamacare is overturned?” It’s worth considering.
Kristi Noem rode her opposition to Obamacare all the way to congress, and that allowed her to defeat Herseth Sandlin, who had won every county in the state 2 years prior. But the frustrating thing about Congress is that she needs her colleagues’ support, a majority of Senators, and then a president to overturn the law.
I have no doubt any one of our statewide leaders (other than Sen. Johnson) would strike down Obamacare given the opportunity, but what would it be like for one of our state’s most respected office holders to have played a pivotal role in undoing one of our nation’s most unpopular and controversial policies?
What will it mean for Marty Jackley’s political future if the supreme court strikes down Obama’s health care law?
I’m struggling to come up with another issue that would rival this accomplishment.
Now we could all (except for a few liberals) be disappointed when the Supreme Court decision comes out. Maybe we won’t get the answer we are looking for, but I don’t think that diminishes the impact of Jackley’s fight against the law.
One thing is clear. There were three very good decisions made to get Marty Jackley in as AG. Senator Thune recommended Marty Jackley to the US Attorney position, Governor Rounds appointed Jackley to AG following Larry Long stepping away, and the voters chose him in the last election. He’s providing a perfect example of a public servant standing up for the constitution and the will of the people. And it’s a reflection of how important it is for voters to be engaged in the selection of our leaders.
Either way, this would not be an everyday ordinary issue we typically hear politicians tout in campaigns. All South Dakotans have an opinion on this issue and judging by the 2010 election results, voters would look fondly at someone who played a role in Obamacare’s undoing.