I probably won’t win any math awards, but it’s pretty clear that the amount of blogging one does is directly proportional to how busy a person is at their employment. And as of this week, I think I’m officially on overload.
Big project at my day job, combined with my busiest primary ever for political work, plus not one, but two listings popping up for me at once, and trying to get a home sale put together successfully….
That leaves me finally tapping things out on my iPad at midnight – 1 AM now, as I try to settle in to recharge my batteries. Because I’m off to Sioux Falls, Madison, and parts unknown up north all before Friday.
That’s not a lot of time to read, contemplate and “philosophize” about politics in general [Pat Powers, “Stuff is going on… Some negative, some… well, you decide,” Dakota War College, 2016.05.25].
No one tunes in to hear about our personal lives, Pat. Marketing 101: if you’re going to brand yourself as a leader in South Dakota’s political blogosphere, not write vague, passive-aggressive attacks wrapped in excuses for low output. If you can’t keep up, give your sponsors’ money back and shut down your server.
And just reading that headline—”Stuff is going on… Some negative, some… well, you decide”—makes clear that the author has run out of gas.
Powers spends his pity party bashing conservatives who are attacking his favored candidates. He couches his attack in language that would allow him to technically disavow any attack, but it’s there. First, he vaguely dismisses the negative campaigning waged by various South Dakota PACs this month while trying to portray himself as a paragon of political virtue:
Stan Adelstein shook off the cobwebs, and wrote a check or two and had someone do a piece for one of his several PACs. Rich Hilgemann’s PAC in Aberdeen did Stace Nelson’s bidding, and went hard negative using photos of Nelson’s opponent at a charity fundraiser at SDSU. As mentioned in an earlier post, the Lautensclager gun group is attacking from Colorado, and a South Dakota Right to Life affiliated PAC is sending out attack postcards.
Some are poorly done, but the tone may lead us back to the primary of 2014, where much of that started to backfire. The only negative piece I was commissioned to design last primary ended up being pulled before it went to homes because it could have cost the candidate the lead. The candidate won, so, it may have been a good call [Powers, 2016.05.25].
Powers has spent over ten years blogging a constant stream of negative attacks against his political targets. He has little moral authority to attack PACs who do the same in postcard form.
But in his pique at South Dakota Right to Life’s citing Dakota Free Press and not his substanceless blog to favor Stace Nelson over Pat’s preferred mainstream boy-toy Caleb Finck, Powers has the temerity to suggest South Dakota’s leading anti-abortion group is losing its voice:
The other thing that is getting my attention is the amount of complaining I’ve been hearing about what had once been a good read on candidates, but seems to have fallen on hard times in recent years – the South Dakota Right to Life Voters Guide.
…Last election in one instance, they relied on a NARAL website (of all sources) to comment about a GOP candidate. And they got the candidate’s position flat wrong. This year, it was sourcing a candidate assessment from a pro-choice, liberal atheist Democrat State Senate candidate. And again they badly missed the mark.
…SDRTL needs to take a hard look at their legislative outreach, as well as how they survey lawmakers. When they correctly list “did not respond” for some, and whether intentional or not, instead do a hit job on others who did the same thing, there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
Lest they find out what a loss of prestige & moral authority costs them when they really need to count on it [Powers, 2016.05.25].
Note that Powers is too busy to explain what SDRTL got wrong about Caleb Finck. He’s too busy to name the candidate or the source in question. And most importantly, he won’t even take responsibility for the argument he’s making. He ascribes the complaints to nameless sources (and remember, Powers has a chronic problem mistaking singular for plural).
If you won’t own your failure to perform, Pat, at least own the rare original arguments you make. If you want to bash South Dakota Right to Life, don’t hide behind nameless others. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
Trust me, Pat. As South Dakota’s #1 political blogger, I know what I’m talking about.