I love those rare moments when Republicans start connecting the dots of their own rhetoric. Consider this letter from Eureka retiree Cliff Berreth in this morning’s Aberdeen paper:
You read about the terrible state of affairs in Detroit and Chicago and nobody to blame but the Democrats because they have been in charge of everything forever [Cliff Berreth, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2015.07.01].
Ah, yes, one of conservatives’ favorite forms of mistaking correlation for causation. Throw Baltimore in there, too. Detroit may have been the victim of Nixon’s dollar policy and industrial inertia as much as any Democratic oopsies… but that’s not what Berreth comes to debate. Instead, he turns that Republican logic to South Dakota:
Then I think of our teacher shortage in South Dakota and one-third of education graduates leaving the state, so the governor is doing a study as to why? South Dakota has the lowest paid teachers in the nation year after year forever. Duh! Think that might be the reason?
Nobody to blame but the Republicans because they have been the ones in charge year after year. I’m a Republican, but I’m also beginning to think we need some more Democrats in Pierre [Berreth, 2015.07.01].
The presence of Democrats or Republicans at a disaster does not necessarily mean that Democrats or Republicans caused that disaster. But Cliff, if you are willing to try sending more Democrats to Pierre to clean up the apparent Republican mess, I welcome your application of that logic to the SDGOP.