Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Noem Will Have An Opponent; Thank God

Jonathan Ellis is reporting that Corinna Robinson, who has spent 25 years serving in the United States Army, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Kristi Noem for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S House of Representatives.

According to Ellis,
Robinson, a Democrat, said she was prompted in part because of a dysfunctional Congress that has resulted in furloughs, a partially closed government and threats to veterans.
"It’s very discouraging," she said. "It just seems like the parties can’t work together."
Ellis's Argus colleague David Montgomery provides a necessary caveat:
As far as potential Democratic recruits go for the U.S. House, Robinson seems like a pretty good catch. That’s not to say she’ll win (plenty of candidates who are impressive on paper end up flopping) but she has a pretty impressive resume.
That caveat notwithstanding, I have a rather low bar for casting an anybody-pleasedearGod-letmevoteforanybody-i'mbegginghereGod-anybodybutKristiNoem ballot. In fact, I think there are only three criteria. First, this person should not be Kristi Noem. Second, this person should be able to express a clear thought cogently.Third, this person should not have been convicted of hitting a woman with a belt or any other similar offense.

Robinson will be able to utter one sentence that doesn't contain a vapid talking point, so she meets all three criteria. Further, her service in the army will, one hopes, prevent Noem from running a version of this ad touting her winning awards from the Watertown Jaycees and soybean growers as noteworthy achievements. Surely, even Kristi Noem doesn't have the chutzpah to run this sort of ad against against someone who spent 25 years in the military.



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