Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin brought Al Franken to Pine Ridge this weekend. Why you ask? Good question, says I. Franken is a very divisive figure. He can't quite stop being a clown now that he is in the upper chamber of the United States Congress.
I think the strategy here is indicative of the Democrat's problems across the map. HS can't win over many Republicans, and she's about as popular among independents as a pay toilet in Scotland. Her only hope is to gin up the Democrat base. Pine Ridge is that. Maybe Al Franken wowed them.
Of course the risk was that Franken would be Franken and say something stupid and alarming. Apparently, he didn't do that.
Instead he said something sensible, undeniably true, and alarming. From the Rapid City Journal:
Franken said he was in South Dakota to help Herseth Sandlin at the polls in what promises to be a tough mid-term election for Democrats. Despite their different voting record on such issues as health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation, Franken said, he is a supporter of hers.
"I think she's a great leader, and I really believe in her," he said. "She has voted differently than I voted on a couple of things, but we need to be able to have somebody here in South Dakota who's going to vote for Speaker Pelosi, not for Speaker Boehner."
Let me pull out the firecracker:
We need to be able to have somebody here in South Dakota who's going to vote for Speaker Pelosi.
Okay. A vote for Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is a vote for Nancy Pelosi.
Maybe that works for voters on Pine Ridge, and maybe for the most committed Democrats elsewhere in the state. As for the rest of the state, Nancy Pelosi might be one of the few elected officials who is less palatable than Barack Obama. The Democratic Congress right now has an approval rating that is only slightly above that of dry rot. What do most South Dakotans think of Speaker Pelosi's work over the last two years?
God Bless Al Franken. I thought he might shoot a missile straight down through the deck and hull. I never imagined he would do it by telling the plain truth.
Hat tip to reader William for this story.