Hey, Todd, I ain’t heard no fat lady!
Not content to wait until November 9, former Democratic activist and current KELO Radio producer Todd Ep writes a pre-mortem of the South Dakota Democratic Party’s performance in this year’s election. Epp sees a party with no bench and no resources that might as well run soup cans as statewide candidates to win its default one-third of the popular vote. What do we have to do differently, Mr. Epp?
Until the state Democratic Party figures out that it can’t continue to see Republican and Independent voter registrations surge while Democratic registrations stagnate; that until it can’t continue to be ruled by rural interests; that it can’t ignore the new “cube farm” economy; that it can’t ignore Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties; and until it stops the revolving door of party leaders, Democratic tomato cans will be all we’ll see on election days to come [Todd Epp, “SD Democrat = Tomato Can = 33.3% on Ballot,” KELO Radio, 2016.11.03].
What? South Dakota is shifting from rural to urban? We can find votes in the metroplex? And we need to stick with our leaders and build experience and institutional knowledge instead of rotating after every election?
As I’ve told other people, I’ve got too many doors (in my case, almost all urban doors) to knock on to spend much time thinking about internal party issues. We have an election to win, and, somewhat contrary to Epp’s pre-mortem, some of us will. (My fearless prediction: Right now I’m beating Al Novstrup by five votes… so I’d better go knock on more doors, and you’d all better get out and vote!). We can sort out future party strategy on November 9, when we see how well current party strategy fares on November 8. Forward!