Last week’s Congressional recess just flew by! Senator John Thune barely had time to catch the state wrestling tournament and some college hoops in his hometown before jetting back to D.C. Representative Kristi Noem worked on her gubernatorial campaign and dodged rich capitalists’ questions. Senator Mike Rounds was mostly incommunicado (his Twitter account offered some updates about March events but no mention of public appearances last week). Somehow none of them found time to meet with the public that pays their salaries.
Of course, the GOP spin machine is now portraying its sponsors’ hermitage as fine and dandy and portraying citizens’ efforts to arrange such public meetings as “fake” “scheme[s]” and “hate rallies”.
Hate rallies? No, no, no, Pat. You don’t get to co-opt the language that properly describes Klan rallies, Nuremberg, and maybe editorial confabs at Breitbart to describe regular citizens’ vocal opposition to bad Cabinet picks and the unraveling of health coverage.
South Dakota Forward is no hate group; they are just politically engaged South Dakotans hosting a town hall for Senator Rounds tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at the Pierre Senior Center, 401 W Pleasant Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is ill-timed, since Rounds and friends are back in Washington confirming Wilbur Ross for Commerce and reading Washington’s Farewell Address today and who knows what tomorrow. Senator Rounds can’t make it to Pierre, of course, but he could send some field staff to take notes for the boss and promise to call or write back with answers by the end of the week.
The Senator could also phone in, as he plans to do for Pierre’s KCCR Radio “Ask the Senator” program Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. But I suppose answering one round of questions is plenty of work. Responding to citizens twice in one day might just be too taxing for Senator Rounds.