Any reading of this blog will show that I am not Susan Wismer's biggest fan. I remain unconvinced that she's the right woman to take on Dennis Daugaard, an incumbent who is surrounded by South Dakota's largest coterie of Mayberry Machiavellis.
That said, she will be the first woman to appear on the ballot for governor in the South Dakota history. South Dakota will be celebrating its quasquicentennial two days before the November 4, 2014, so we should spend some time thinking about why it took that long for a woman to be nominated for the state's top office. Heck, people in a civilized region might even take a week off from political discussion to let her enjoy the moment. Lewis Carroll even gave us a list of things to write about:
The time has come,' the Walrus said,Instead, more time will be spent discussing a woman who held lotteries for which no prizes were awarded, refused to pay employees, and who was today arrested for perjury. To mark the occasion, she apparently hired a photographer to follow her through the booking process, wore pearls to accentuate an outfit with a decolletage that, while revealing, was not immodest, and flashed a confident smile as she exited to courthouse.
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.'
Dr. Annette Bosworth was correct. the media may not know how to cover women of accomplishment, and if I were Susan Wismer, I'd be pretty upset at any coverage of a narcissist at my expense.