Reader Blaine Wilson of Sioux Falls sends along his apologies for voting for Thune:
TO ALL DASCHLE SUPPORTERS
I would like to apologize for the following:
1.) I was not aware that Tom Daschle's Senate seat was his birthright. I was under the impression that the Constitution required him to stand for election every 6 years against anyone willing and able to run.
2.) I did not realize that I was supposed to just blindly go in and fill in the circle by Tom's name. I held the obviously unreasonable assumption that it was my responsibility to reasearch and evaluate each candidate's positions and voting records and choose a candidate whose beliefs were most consistent with my own.
3.) I had not heard that "clout" and the ability to bring truckloads of money back to the state were the only true measures of a Senator's ability. I just thought maybe the ability to keep some of my own money in my own pocket would be kind of nice.
4.) I didn't know that I was supposed to leave my faith at home when I went to vote. It's just that nagging detail about my beliefs (see apology #2)being based on them.
5.) I had no idea that my intelligence or levels was derived from my voting patterns. Silly me. You mean it isn't from my education, training, or other experiences?
6.) No one had ever told me that South Dakota's image or sense of
self-worth as a state was directly proportionate to Tom Daschle's stature. Boy, am I glad I know that now. I used to think it came from me and the other hard-working folks of South Dakota. Does this mean I have to move?
I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. I swear I'll try to do better next time.