Sunday, October 29, 2017

Today's intersection: earth haters in South Dakota crow while crickets chirp in New Mexico

This morning's trip through South Dakota's media sites was littered with glowing stories of Republicans doing wonderful things.

Mike Rounds is scrambling to be relevant, John Thune is flip-flopping like a carp on the beach, Kristi Noem is flashing some cleavage appealing to her basest base, Denny Daugaard is still hiding his affair with Melody Schopp and Marty Jackley is revisiting his relationship with Gene Abdallah: a former legislator, cop, serial drunk, sex abuser and Roman Church dupe.

In stark contrast to South Dakota's earth hater party New Mexico's earth haters are persona non grata.
Most Republicans interviewed for this story didn’t want to talk on the record about the state GOP’s lack of bench strength. But privately, some say their problems are at least partly due to the controversies surrounding President Donald Trump, which some fear will drag down Republicans across the country next year. Even U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the only Republican running for governor, conceded in a recent interview that Trump is less popular in New Mexico today than he was last year. [Santa Fe New Mexican]
Former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson has thrown in the political towel citing disgust with America's current president.
“This could be the end of the republic as we know it. I think the Republican Party’s done for,” he said, “at the end of Trump’s tenure.” Why did he think that, given that the party had done fairly well in elections all year? Because of the “crazies,” the people he’d mentioned before. [Albuquerque Journal]
To address Pierre's culture of corruption a task force of four South Dakota Democratic legislators, four Republicans and three people representing Republicans have voted to tighten provisions that currently allow gifts to public officials but the SDGOP earth haters prevailed in blocking lower campaign limits.

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