2010 Looks Shaky for Rep. Herseth Sandlin

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)

The Rapid City Journal reports that for all Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin‘s fence-straddling votes, her seat in congress in 2010 is far less than secure.

There were signs of that dissatisfaction in the results of a recent statewide poll that showed potential GOP challenger Chris Nelson within 7 percentage points of Herseth Sandlin, 46 percent to 39 percent.

Nearly as troubling was her 49-percent job approval rating. It’s higher than many in Congress enjoy these days. But especially combined with Nelson’s showing, it’s low enough to make Sabato downgrade Herseth Sandlin’s near-certain chances next year.

“We changed it on our crystal ball,” he said. “We had her at ‘safe,’ and we’ve moved beyond ‘likely’ to ‘leans.'”
That’s as in “leans Democrat.” So the House seat in
South Dakota has slipped in the estimation of Sabato and others on the national prognostication scene from a near-certain win for the Democrat to a competitive contest where the incumbent has an edge.

No kidding it’s slipped. A little over a year ago, a majority of South Dakotans were willing to indulge a little liberalism to keep the road to the public trough open; it’s sad that some people are willing to put selfishness and their empty, grasping hand ahead of the good of the country, but that’s human nature, unfortunately.

But in the past year, South Dakotans–along with the rest of America–have been treated to unadulterated liberalism in the form of unprecedented socialist power-grabs. We’ve seen trillion-dollar bailouts that have put our grandchildren in debt, takeovers of huge segments of the financial industry, takeovers of the auto industry, the cap and trade global warming tax passed in the U.S. House already, and we’re on the verge of a large step toward full government health care.

For dessert, we’ve seen our Marxist president appoint a legion of anti-American Marxists and death-culture activists to our government, along with watching our president embark on an Apology Tour around the world, apologizing for our country and bowing to every foreign king or dignitary with whom he comes in contact.

Outrage over these developments has led to the rise of the Tea Party movement, as hundreds of thousands of Americans realized we are on the verge of losing our birthright of freedom.  We have seen hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans demonstrating against unconstitutional government in the Tax Day Tea Party, the Independence Day Tea Party, at town hall meetings across the country this past summer, and in countless other gatherings.

Of course, it isn’t just conservatives who are upset with Herseth Sandlin.  Herseth walks the fence between loyalty to the liberal values of her party, but must make enough conservative votes to placate the ignorant hicks back home.  And that placation of the knuckle-dragging conservatives angers liberals:

Jay Davis of Rapid City is among the 38 percent who disapprove of Herseth Sandlin’s performance.

A lawyer whose politics represent the liberal wing of the party, Davis was angered by a sequence of Herseth Sandlin votes over several years. They include votes promoting drilling for oil in the Arctic refuge, supporting Bush-administration interrogation techniques and stronger penalties against illegal aliens.

Davis was also angered when Herseth Sandlin said she would vote the will of the South Dakota electorate if the 2004 presidential election between George Bush and Sen. John Kerry ended in an electoral vote tie and was decided in the House.

“Stephanie has crossed some line where she has opposed the majority of Democrats too many times,” Davis said. “I voted for Stephanie, gave her money, wrote letters to the editor and went door to door for her. And I profoundly regret that.”

Having only a brief year between election campaigns, Rep. Herseth Sandlin has always tried to walk the wire between the ultra-liberal bent of her party and the conservative leanings of her home state of South Dakota.  This past year has been no exception.  Where her vote is critical to pass the liberal agenda (especially with regard to promoting unrestricted access to abortion), she votes with her party and her leader (the last I checked, Herseth Sandlin voted with ultra-liberal Speaker Nancy Pelosi more than 90% of the time).  Where the liberal agenda can pass without her, she throws the conservative rubes back home a bone or two.

Don’t get me wrong. I am indeed grateful for Herseth Sandlin’s votes in the right direction of preserving our freedoms and our Constitution.

But it would be nice to have a representative in the U.S. House that we didn’t have to constantly watch like a hawk all the time.  It would be nice to have a representative of South Dakota values in the House that we didn’t have to pressure all the time to do the right thing.  It would be nice to have a representative in the House that simply knows the right thing and has the courage to do it.

I know that I think it’s time we had that.  I think most South Dakotans have come to that realization, too.

Most South Dakotans are reaching this conclusion, in addition to the conclusion that we must remove this Marxist president’s ability to push his agenda through the legislative branch.

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4 Responses to “2010 Looks Shaky for Rep. Herseth Sandlin”

  1. Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative in the U.S. House that we didn’t have to constantly watch like a hawk all the time? Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative of South Dakota values in the House that we didn’t have to pressure all the time to do the right thing? Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative in the House that simply knows the right thing and has the courage to do it? Wouldn't it be nice if South Dakotans would remove her and her Marxist President?

  2. Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative in the U.S. House that we didn’t have to constantly watch like a hawk all the time? Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative of South Dakota values in the House that we didn’t have to pressure all the time to do the right thing? Wouldn't it be nice to have a representative in the House that simply knows the right thing and has the courage to do it? Wouldn't it be nice if South Dakotans would remove her and her Marxist President?