Mr. Kurtz notices that the South Dakota Democratic Party website, sddp.org, isn’t working this morning, although the handsome dude in the domain-parking photo reminds me of Brendan Johnson. The party website appears to be parked, pending renewal.
Not parked is the South Dakota Democratic Party Facebook page, where I find photos from an apparently well-attended speech by Bernie Sanders in Sioux City on Thursday. Among the hundreds in attendance was SDDP chair Ann Tornberg:
Ah, I know what happened: the Hillary Clinton wing of the South Dakota Democratic Party saw that photo of our chairwoman promoting Sanders and whacked the website!
But maybe Chairwoman Tornberg is waving the right sign: taking his eight-stop Independence Week tour to Council Bluffs Friday, Senator Sanders drew 2,500 people, the largest crowd yet to assemble for any 2016 Presidential candidate in the first state to caucus.
Maybe Tornberg and other South Dakota progressives like what Sanders is saying about building up the Democratic Party in rural red states others might write off:
…Sanders said he’s committed to building the Democratic Party, even in very conservative states.
“If you claim to be the party of the working people — if that’s what the Democrats are supposed to be, in the legacy of F.D.R., even Harry Truman — how do you abandon the poorest states in America and not talk to those people?” Sanders said to a crowd in Sheldon. “How are you not running strong candidates, putting money into those areas?”
He said Republicans are good at capitalizing on wedge issues such as abortion, gay rights and immigration. But he said Democrats need to go on the offensive by relentlessly focusing on economic issues.
“What you’ve got to do is say to people, ‘Look, we may disagree on that issue, but don’t you think your kid has a right to a college education? Don’t you think you deserve a decent-paying job? Do you really believe we should be giving tax breaks to millionaires?’ ” Sanders said. “Those are the issues we’ve got to take to working people all over this country” [Kevin Hardy and Jennifer Jacobs, “Sanders Urges Iowa Crowd of 2,500 to ‘Think Big’,” Des Moines Register, 2015.07.03].
Play offense, talk pocketbook issues, don’t let economic anxiety translate into scapegoating wingnuttery—boom! Bernie’s got the playbook for the renewal of the South Dakota Democratic Party!
Now if someone would call the party exec and tell her/him to renew the party’s web domain….
Update 2015.07.06 07:11 CDT: An eager reader responds with this June 13 photo from another Sioux City event:
When you’re party chair and one of your party’s presidential candidates is just an hour away, you go!