It all started back on August 5th when that liberal blogger posted an invitation of a fundraiser at the Minnehaha Country club with Kristi Noem and special guest, Speaker of the House John Boehner.
After that, things went pretty quiet until 5 days later when the Argus Leader’s Johnathon Ellis reported the story to the masses. It obviously produced strong opinions, generating 175 comments online. Ellis brought the story back again in a column on Sunday, where an unnamed former Republican State Senator had plenty to say.
Frankness makes for a much better story and his comments began to peak my curiosity…
…a fundraiser at the Ha has an “elitist” appearance, said my dinner guest. Better to have a public forum at the VFW and a fundraiser later.
Unfortunately the former senator is right on some level, and it does give a poor appearance. There are a lot of places that would have been a better choice than the country club.
We’re all aware that political candidates sometimes blow up in cataclysmic events. Think hookers, bribes and Twitter. But more common are a series of small nicks and cuts, along with an evolving shift in public opinion, that eventually add up to defeat. And the Boehner fundraiser at a country club is one of those
small cuts, in my guest’s opinion…
We can all speculate who that person might be… but it doesn’t really matter to me. We are all entitled to our opinions.
Earlier yesterday afternoon, the SD Dems sent out a tweet offering free pancakes to those who attend their rally to counter Noem and Boehner’s event.
This looks like an event to watch; I wonder how it will play out in the public eye.
How would you have handled a John Boehner event if you were Kristi Noem? To me Noem’s handlers miscalculated. I’m certain that there are parameters and guidelines Boehner’s people will accept.
My opinion is not that the Democrats will gain much long term traction from this event but that Kristi Noem will have lost an opportunity greater than any amount she raises on Thursday. This was her moment to end last years victory for the people with an exclamation mark. It was a time to show the people of South Dakota that The Speaker of the People’s House was here for all of us, that the high school kid who donated his free evenings putting up yard signs or went door to door for her had the same opportunity to share in this moment as those who can donate a substantial dollar amount to her campaign. This was her moment to solidify her place as the future of the SD GOP. Kristi’s campaign line was “The US House of Representatives is the people’s house. It’s where the will and sentiments of the people are heard.” This was the chance for her to reiterate that point in front of all of South Dakota with resounding affirmation.
No matter how we would have handled this event we can appreciate that Kristi Noem has entered the big leagues and is a strong asset for South Dakota.