Mike Rounds gets a statue of himself and a hunting dog in Pierre this year. That will be appropriate, since visitors will be able to drive by the stone canine, say, “That dog don’t hunt,” and effectively summarize Mike Rounds’s legacy as Governor and Senator.
Rounds’s continued refusal to do his job in Washington leaves the Supreme Court short-staffed. The absence of a ninth Justice has resulted in another 4–4 deadlock, this time on an appeal of a stay of Vernonr Madison’s execution in Alabama. In a literal matter of life and death, the Supreme Court is unable to take a final action.
Now maybe I shouldn’t complain: a liberal like me should be happy that this deadlock broke in favor of liberal opposition to the death penalty and stopped Alabama from unnecessarily killing a man. Merricak Garland’s position on the death penalty is unclear; were he on the court, he just might side with pro-death penalty justices and allow Alabama to execute Madison.
But our political agendae should take a backseat to our common desire for a properly functioning government. I would rather have a full Supreme Court and take my chances on a justice who might vote against me than a Supreme Court hamstrung by foolish political games.
Hunters didn’t shoot as many pheasants in South Dakota as Game Fish and Parks expected. I know Mike Rounds would like to spend more time back home helping raise that count, and come 2020, we’ll be happy to unelect him so he can have more time to hunt. But in the mean time, Senator Rounds should be setting his sights on getting things done in Washington. Let’s fill that ninth seat on the big bench.