Neal Tapio for Congress? Ha ha!
The rookie Senator from District 5 told WNAX Tuesday that he is “testing the waters” for a run for U.S. House. He got Pat Powers’s rumor mill all excited about an announcement that didn’t happen at last night’s Codington County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.
Tapio may be South Dakota’s biggest Trump wannabe. He made a few thousand bucks consulting the Trump campaign last year. He was named Trump’s campaign leader in South Dakota, but since Trump didn’t do any campaigning in South Dakota, Tapio went and fiddled around in Colorado, where Trump lost. Tapio tried to bring Trump’s unmanned smallness to the Legislature, overexerting himself on a paranoid yet toothless resolution against Islam and refugees that his own party rejected.
After the Inauguration, Tapio said people protesting the Trump Administration “have a different mentality from the people of South Dakota” and likened anti-Trump forces to anarchists. I’d love to see Tapio bring some of his anarchy to the GOP primary against GOP stalwarts Shantel Krebs and Dusty Johnson and see just how different South Dakota Republicans’ mentality is from him and Donald Trump after 16.5 months of Trump’s predictable attacks on rural America.
Against GOP mainstays Shantel Krebs and Dusty Johnson, Democrats may reasonably hesitate to enter the House race (although we already have one, Chris Martian, fourteen months out from primary). Against a Newspeaking Trumpist like Tapio who wants to kill Medicaid, anti-Trump activists may fall al over each other racing to the courthouse to get petitions and make 2018 a real referendum on Il Duce.