On the pretense of equal time (or perhaps just afraid that Senator John Thune will haul them before his new Senate Un-Conservative Activities Subcommittee), KELO-TV turns to South Dakota Republican Party exec Ryan Budmayr for comment on Senator Bernie Sanders’s statewide blitz yesterday. Budmayr says the enthusiastic reception for Sanders matters only as long as Budmayr wants it to:
“I think that it goes to show that Hillary Clinton is pretty weak, that he’s spending time in South Dakota and can win South Dakota,” Budmayr said.
While Budmayr says Sanders could win the South Dakota Democratic primary, he believes presidential campaign stops in the state won’t have a lasting effect beyond June.
“I don’t see visits by Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton affecting the way people see what strong conservative leadership looks like,” Budmayr said [Perry Groten, “South Dakota GOP Reacts to Sanders Visit,” KELO-TV, 2016.05.13].
No, Ryan, I suppose visits by Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, or the reincarnated spirits of Paul Wellstone and Franklin D. Roosevelt would change what “strong conservative leadership” looks like in the GOP’s eyes in 2016:
Per party rules, SDGOP exec Budmayr offered Groten no pre-primary endorsement, but Ryan, come one—you’re talking about the strong conservative leader who is your party’s de facto nominee, right?
Yeah, no visit, no speech, no spin, no nothing will change what the GOP’s choice to provide strong conservative leadership looks like this year. Have fun in November, Ryan!