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.

Friday, April 04, 2003  

After Senator John Kerry shot off his mouth the other day about how the U.S. needs "regime change," a phrase that connotes the removal of a dictator by violent means, Tom Daschle is laying low:

Asked about Mr. Kerry's remarks, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, said yesterday that he hadn't heard them, and declined to comment.

This from a guy who tells his staff to read the Drudge Report, which had Kerry's comment plastered all over it the other day.

posted by Jason | 11:50 AM

Look at the first thing that pops up from this Google search.

posted by Jason | 7:58 AM

Thursday, April 03, 2003  

Here's an interesting factoid reported in the Rapid City Journal in the days following Tom Daschle's intemperate remarks:

"I don't like to see it (war), but it had to be done," retired rancher Cal Swift said. Swift had been in Texas and arrived back in Philip Wednesday night, just in time for the war. During his trip, his South Dakota license plates drew negative comments about Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

Keith Emerson, a retired abstracter, said, "He's (Daschle) killing his votes." Emerson supports the war.

posted by Jason | 9:25 PM

George McGovern doesn't want to get too self-righteous about his mindless pacifism. McGovern hits all the talking points in this article: Bush was selected not elected; Bush is the greatest threat to American troops; military-industrial complex; imperial crusades abroad; Saddam falsely built up as a threat; blah, blah, blah.... The funniest part is Mr. McGovern whining about how the Washington Post wouldn't publish his musings. I guess somehow that's censorship.
I respect Mr. McGovern, because he has seen firsthand that war is hell. While I respect him, I reserve the right to hold his feet to the fire. I think he's wrong about everything in this article, and I won't hesitate to say so.

UPDATE: Mr. McGovern blathers about the dissonance of Bush being a religious man in the face of so many religious leaders opposed to the war. Christopher Hitchens eviscerated this argument a month ago.

posted by Jason | 7:20 PM

Maka Duta, a.k.a. Becky Red Earth-Villeda, has been indicted for forgery by a Minnehaha County grand jury.

UPDATE: Here's the story in the Argus Leader.

posted by Jason | 9:20 AM

Where's the recusal? More and more, it appears that Tom Daschle is taking a leadership role in bailing out the airline industry. Tom Daschle's wife is a lobbyist for the airline industry. No one can deny that this has the appearance of impropriety. Tom Daschle should recuse himself from this issue.

posted by Jason | 9:13 AM

Wednesday, April 02, 2003  

This is too funny.

posted by Jason | 9:39 PM

Brent Bozell always has the liberal media's shenanigans covered. In this column he discusses the three television networks' coverage of Tom Daschle's intemperate comments.

posted by Jason | 9:05 PM

I see that the Harbour Group's client list includes PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group that fought against adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. The Harbour Group is run by one of Tom Daschle's former staffers and current good buddy, Joel Johnson. I wonder if Dave Kranz ever will have a snide comment about this, like he did with John Thune. Here's what Kranz wrote awhile back:

In addition to working out of his Sioux Falls office former, Rep. John Thune will do lobbying work as senior government affairs counselor with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn.

A recent Associated Press story said that firm represents the pharmaceutical industry trade group that fought against adding prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

posted by Jason | 9:56 AM

Looks like Turkey might have an inside track to access Tom Daschle's clout:

The Harbour Group, led by Joel Johnson, a close ally of Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) and former White House aide in the Clinton administration, joins a string of other K Street powerhouses that represent Turkey in Washington.

I guess we're going to give Turkey $1 billion despite the fact that they wouldn't help us out with Iraq. We shouldn't give them a dime.

posted by Jason | 7:47 AM

Tuesday, April 01, 2003  

Andrew Sullivan notices that Tom Daschle, that savvy political tactician, is in a hole and yet keeps on digging. Hey, no problem with that here. I'd toss him a shovel.

posted by Jason | 9:39 PM

Denise Ross of the Rapid City Journal says Tom Daschle has fanned the flames with his lame excuse about how his "timing wasn't the best" when he made his intemperate remarks. Fanned the flames. Just when he thought objection over his comments had subsided. Oops.

posted by Jason | 5:05 PM

Sorry about the dearth of posts today. Blogger has been screwing up on its obligations to paying customers most of the day today, preventing me from posting. It really made me quite unhappy. But I think I'm over it.

posted by Jason | 3:14 PM

Jake Tapper of Salon has a hard-hitting piece today on Tom Daschle's e-mail message to his supporters (posted here). A humorous excerpt from Tapper's piece:

Calling the timing of the e-mail "a little bit distasteful," John Feehery, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. -- who slammed Daschle's comments last month -- said the e-mail is "a pretty clever way to try to hang a lantern on your problem. You tell your supporters that you made a stupid comment and they need to fight
back because you made a stupid comment -- it's pretty clever." Feehery noted that Hastert typically "doesn't make comments about other members" of the House or Senate, "but Daschle's comments were so far beyond the pale." Bob Stevenson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said that "it's disappointing that they've chosen to put the letter out and continue an episode that most of us have put behind us." Stevenson calls the e-mail "a mistake" but adds, "I think it's ill-advised, but that's up to Daschle's political folks. But at a time when we're in conflict and we have men and women in harm's way, well, that's for others to judge whether that's
appropriate or not."

posted by Jason | 3:08 PM

Monday, March 31, 2003  

Quote of the Day:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." --George Bernard Shaw

posted by Jason | 11:52 AM

I almost forgot to mention this snippet of information from last week's Roll Call article about Tom Daschle's intemperate comments:

As evidence of the possible tenuousness of Daschle’s position, one national Republican source pointed to a recent poll conducted after Daschle’s comments by John McLaughlin and Associates. It showed Thune with a narrow lead — within the poll’s margin of error — over Daschle. Daschle had a 38 percent unfavorable rating in the survey.

posted by Jason | 11:18 AM

"And now we have Peter Arnett, mouthing Ba'ath Party propaganda, lying about declining support for the war in the U.S., sucking up to the Stalinists who control the Iraqi police state, and generally making a huge ass of himself." Andrew Sullivan is on a roll. I've just now noticed that, despite my reading the Daily Dish nearly everyday, I have failed to link to it on my favorite blog list. Well, now it's there.

UPDATE: Bill Hobbs suggests that Peter Arnett apply to al-Jazeera for a position.

posted by Jason | 10:34 AM

Sunday, March 30, 2003  

Probably the worst thing about Tom Daschle's intemperate remarks is the aspect least talked about. Tom said that the death of a single soldier would be the fault of President Bush, without at all castigating Saddam Hussein, who is alone responsible for this war. A Chicago Sun-Times columnist discusses this point.

UPDATE: This guy nails it.

posted by Jason | 5:20 PM

I'm appalled at how the media are already characterizing the war as a quagmire. My favorite man of the left responds. Andrew Sullivan also makes some predictions about the outcome of the war and the consequences for the Democrats and the New York Times.

posted by Jason | 4:47 PM
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