I saw Greta Van Susteren’s interview with Kristi Noem last night, and it left me wondering, why does the national media use Kristi Noem as the face of the Tea Party? In state she avoids blanket labels in order to broaden her constituency, yet on national tv she is “Tea Party.” I don’t mind anyone stating facts, but it is amusing to me that the national media thinks she is a hard core tea partier. (What is a hard core Tea Partier?)
Now she does appeal to the Tea Party base, but she’s not even in the Tea Party caucus in congress. So why not just use Michele Bachmann or Allen West to get the Tea Party perspective?
I bring this up because I don’t know many people across South Dakota (other than Jeff Barth and Matt Varilek – who do it negatively) who refer to Noem as Tea Party. Even Noem goes out of her way to avoid being narrowly aligned with only one part of her constituency.