I don’t agree with some of the harsh language in this piece, but her votes are her votes – and I disagree with each of them. I want Democrats who stand up for gays and lesbians, for the environment and for health care for all. Sadly, that’s not Stephanie Herseth.
Down with Tyranny assumes, absent any evidence at all, that Brendan Johnson, Tim’s son and the only other candidate that’s being mentioned as a Democratic candidate for the seat, would have voted differently from Stephanie.
We’ve seen this play before, most recently in Montana with Jon Tester and Markos Moulitsas. Local Democrats saw immediately that Tester was a pretty garden-variety Blue Dog-ish candidate. Kos built him into Jesus H. McGovern and then had a hissy when Tester didn’t support the DREAM act. Given that Tester was re-elected, by 3% margin, in a race where a Libertarian took 4% of the vote, I’d say that Tester calibrated his positions on the knife edge of what’s acceptable to conservative Montanans who will consider voting for a Democrat. I know that my lifelong Democrat aunt was elated that Tester won against the reprehensible ass, Denny Rehberg, and oddly didn’t give a shit what the Daily Kos thought.
Now, in South Dakota, where a whopping 39.9% of the population voted for Obama in 2012 (versus his 41.8% Montana landslide), I’d say that whoever ends up running against Mike Rounds, a formidable candidate, is going to have to thread the same needle that Tester did twice. I respect Steve Hildebrand because he wins elections, as he did when he was campaign manager of Tim Johnson’s 2002 campaign, and deputy campaign manager of Obama’s 2008 campaign. But we all know Obama opposed gay marriage in 2008. And given Steve’s history, I’m going to have to assume he’s advising Brendan Johnson. So, yeah, Herseth’s votes are her votes, and maybe Brendan Johnson is a better candidate, but I’m not looking for anyone from that race to be on the cutting edge of progressivism.