Let's get two things straight off the top. First, I can foresee few instances that will allow me to vote for Mike Rounds. Second, South Dakota Legislators should debate and pass or defeat legislation that can become law not resolutions that have no practical effect.
Until yesterday, I thought Rounds voters could justify their vote for Smiling Mike because he is a slick politician. In fact, one might have argued that he is slick enough to play the Washington game like a Washington insider. Were he to use that skill to benefit South Dakota, a highly questionable but not totally unbelievable hypothesis, a South Dakotan could vote for Rounds and still sleep at night.
Yesterday, the Rounds camp showed that they are confused what office they're running for. Tim Rounds and Brian Gosch's procedural moves with Stace Nelson's "Let's Praise Ron Paul Because I Like Him Alot Resolution" is far closer to political games played by junior high school student councils than the political games played by politicians seeking to elect someone to the United States Senate.
Using a blood relative play "Poke the Stace And Get Him Mad" because it's so much fun is a bush league move. Are you all going to get together to see if you can make him cry when you walk home from school too?
I've got no reason to vote for Nelson, but there's one less reason to think about voting for Rounds. If one is going to build the campaign on one's ability to be a polished, competent insider and by extension paint one's most vocal opponent as an inept, loud bumbler, the one should have surrogates who don't play junior high politics.