In today’s demonstration of the shameless hypocrisy, the GOP spin blog complains about the South Dakota Gun Owners launching a pre-emptive strike against Governor Dennis Daugaard. “The SDGO and the people who run it have never been about passing legislation, as much as attacking people,” gripes Pat Powers, whose stock in blogging-trade has been attacking people.
Powers spotlights SDGO’s out-of-state funders, yet Powers has never scolded his sponsor John Thune for his war chest filled mostly (89%!) with out-of-state money. Powers has no problem taking out-of-state money from the Koch Brothers to fund his blog. (Pssst! SD Gun Owners! Tell your daddy PAC to buy an ad on Pat’s blog, and I’ll bet his complaints about you magically disappear!)
Most importantly, Powers shows that for SDGOP climbers, personality outweighs policy. Gun rights are central to Republican campaigning, but when advocates critique the boss, the propaganda machine shows how bread is buttered.
The fact that proponents are saying mean things about the Governor is the least of the reasons to oppose whatever gun-nut legislation is coming. In an alternate universe where South Dakota Republicans care more about practical policy than personality, Powers would point out that concealed-carry permit holders have killed at least 921 Americans in non-self-defense shootings since 2007. He’d note that toddlers shoot and kill more Americans than Islamic terrorists do. He’d admit that guns offer more risk and little compensatory utility.
But hey, if challenging the Republican Governor is what it takes to get Powers to oppose useless, grandstanding gun legislation, don’t let me get in the way.