|South Dakota Politics
A University of South Dakota law student's blog dedicated primarily to shining light (either a harsh, unyielding spotlight or a soft, warm glow) on figures and institutions in South Dakota.
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Clint Black has a new song out called "Iraq and I Roll."posted by Jason | 1:23 PM
Friday, March 14, 2003
It's too beautiful of a day to be nerding out in front of this computer. Your humble correspondent will be back to blogging tomorrow.posted by Jason | 3:17 PM
This letter to the editor is a very simplistic and very poor analysis of history:
The wars the writer lists were all wars of conquest and oppression, not wars of preemption. The writer twists the meaning of the word "preemption" into something unrecognizable, and subtly equates President Bush with Hitler, which instantly ruins the writer's credibility. The US has no desire to conquer Iraq and make it the 51st state. Once again, the sincerity of those who believe Iraq is a threat to this country is called into question. People like the writer of this letter never take on the argument that Saddam is a threat. They immediately attack the motives of those who believe Saddam is a threat rather than addressing the argument. And it's always amusing to watch how people like this writer scurry to don the mantle of the "true" patriots. But somehow they always seem to walk around with the American flag upside-down at the rallies. posted by Jason | 3:12 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Make plans to attend a Rally for America in Sioux Falls on March 22 at noon.posted by Jason | 9:52 PM
After some further research, it's been discovered that the poll numbers for a potential race between Thune and Daschle in the post below are not accurate. Roll Call published a story in January reporting the margin to be much more narrow. Excerpt:
Wouldn't that be something if Thune were to knock off Daschle in 2004? If the war goes well and the economy picks up in its aftermath, with Daschle obstructing the Bush administration every step of the way, the likelihood of Thune winning is high. There are a lot of "ifs" but it's not beyond the pale. These days, I'll bet Daschle is wishing he hadn't worked so hard to help Tim Johnson defeat John Thune. posted by Jason | 4:49 PM
Stuart Rothenberg at Roll Call writes that "[f]ormer Congressman John Thune (R) is keeping his options open, increasing talk that he'll challenge Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D) next year. If Thune runs, the race is a tossup." I wonder what poll numbers Rothenberg has seen?
posted by Jason | 11:38 AM
Congratulations to Greg Belfrage for his guest appearance on the Mike Gallagher Show! I caught the tail end of the segment, but plan to listen to the promised rebroadcast on Sunday.posted by Jason | 12:20 AM
Tom Daschle gets his ducks in a row when it comes to meaningless votes on abortion. But when it comes to a bill banning partial birth abortion, you can see he's worried about his re-election chances in 2004.
I think this is a clear sign Daschle has every intention of running again, contrary to some of the the buzz I've been hearing. posted by Jason | 12:11 AM
Wednesday, March 12, 2003 3:13 PM
The congressional newspaper The Hill has a story indicating that, due to the new campaign finance law, Tom Daschle may have a rough re-election campaign in 2004. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 3:10 PM
Here are some interesting factoids on the Democratic version of Trent Lott, namely Rep. Jim Moran. I have to say that I'm pleased by Tom Daschle's comments on Moran's obvious anti-semitism. Perhaps Tom isn't the disciple of Jim Abourezk I feared he might be, at least in terms of anti-semitism.posted by Jason | 11:25 AM
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Is the Israeli Defense Force coming to South Dakota? I think Sen. Abourezk would be opposed to this.posted by Jason | 3:20 PM
There's not much going on in South Dakota today so here's a link to the Argus Leader editorial page, which is always good for some laughs.posted by Jason | 2:00 PM
Monday, March 10, 2003
In Spearfish today, Tom Daschle had to face a protest urging him to allow Miguel Estrada's nomination to come to a vote. Ten people gathered in one place to protest is a lot for western South Dakota! The sixty people Tom spoke to are the only votes he gets west of the river.posted by Jason | 10:26 PM
The reporter from the New York Times who was in Mitchell last week has filed her story. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 10:05 AM
Sunday, March 09, 2003
A warm thank you to Howard Bashman for citing SDP regarding the South Dakota legislature's resolution urging Tom Daschle to let the Estrada nomination come to a vote.posted by Jason | 8:32 PM
The legislature has passed a resolution urging Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle to allow Miguel Estrada's nomination to come to a vote. Clearly, if Tom Daschle allows the filibuster of the Estrada nomination to continue, he will be flouting the will of the vast majority of his constituents. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform weighs in on the bold actions of the South Dakota legislature:
posted by Jason | 5:34 PM
Here's a remarkable letter to the editor on the Estrada nomination in today's Argus Leader. I'm going to respond to a few points brought up in the letter. First of all, Estrada has answered 125 questions, and has offered to answer further written questions from those senators who still have them. Second, if the writer of this letter is familiar with the Solicitor General's Office, then he knows that all seven living Solicitors General have sided with the White House on the issue of divulging internal memos, memos Daschle says he must see before he lifts the filibuster. Finally, Tom Daschle is NOT doing what the founding fathers expected in the nomination process for a federal judge. Tom Daschle is working against the will of the majority of senators who wish to have Estrada confirmed. The Constitution is a majoritarian document, and a majority of senators have declared their desire to consent to President Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada. If the writer of this letter "knows" Miguel Estrada, how can he not know the character of Miguel Estrada, and the kind of temperament he will have as a judge?