I try not to let Pat Powers drive my blogging. We all understand that he’s having a hard time watching Donald Trump make his party look like idiots. He hasn’t produced any truly informative blog posts since perhaps before he deleted his blog to begin his ill-fated stint in the sloppiest Secretary of State’s office in South Dakota history. His only function now is to regurgitate press releases for his Republican sponsors and flog his pal and bail-bonds employer Dan Lederman’s party propaganda.
Powers’s personal attacks on me and any responses I might offer are insignificant compared to the real news of the President inviting impeachment, threatening darn near everyone’s health insurance, dragging his party toward defeat in the mid-terms. But every now and then, after letting most of Powers’s petty pokes slide, I’m entitled to take a moment to address the utter falsehood of some of the things Powers says about me.
So for the five of you readers who care about this tiff, let us turn to Powers’s Wednesday post (the only thing he wrote that day) responding to my analysis of the McGovern Day muddle and my recommendation that South Dakota Democrats focus on grassroots activism rather than further internal power struggles. What you’ll find, if you bother (and I really don’t recommend bothering, even though I’m about to), is that, much like what happens when Trump opens his mouth, Powers’s critiques of me are really exercises in Republican projection of their own insecurity and shame.
First, pictures. Powers keeps running a picture of me borrowed from KELO-TV in 2001. Powers seems to find this photo unflattering. He could more accurately portray my fall from youthful beauty by updating his photo box with any number of recent, publicly available photos:
Heck, even the fall 2016 photo he ran of me on my campaign bike to great chortlage and mockery more accurately depicts me in my current state than his old TV file photo:
But old photos are par for the course for Pat and his GOP pals. How old is Senator Mike Rounds’s Twitter profile photo?
Now to the headline: “Democrat Mouthpiece Finally Breaks News Blackout on Failed Democrat Party Revolt.”
- The adjective is Democratic. Responsible writers do not write Democrat Party any more than they would Republic Party.
- I am no one’s mouthpiece, certainly not the Democratic Party’s. If I were the Democratic Party’s mouthpiece, I wouldn’t have been giving any press to the insurgents who were trying to unseat the Democratic Party’s chair Ann Tornberg. Mouthpiecery is Powers’s game.
- “News Blackout”? This from a Republican political blogger who, according to his own search engine, hasn’t mentioned the Republican President since March 20. When information about the snap election push became public, I discussed it a fair amount on these pages, because I wanted to offer analysis that people on all sides of the tussle could use to make their decisions. When that push failed, I took eleven days to talk to Democrats who attended McGovern Day, to read other responses, and to think about the next best course of action for the party. That’s not a news blackout; that’s thoughtful deliberation.
In his text, Powers calls me a “fomenter” of the party revolt. That characterization is false. The snap election push came to me fully formed by other actors. After Sheldon Osborn publicized his knowledge of the push, I published Rachelle Norberg’s justification for replacing the SDDP chair. Rather than encouraging revolt, I encouraged all Democrats to discuss what plan the party executes to win. I urged my fellow Democrats to concentrate more on the real threats to the Republic posed by Trump and his fellow Republicans. I questioned some critiques of of the snap election call, but I also suggested an alternative team-of-rivals plan that would have kept Tornberg as chair and installed challenger Paula Hawks as her exec. I wasn’t fomenting revolt; I was saying, let’s just get work done.
Then comes the ultimate in Powers projection:
Now that Heidelberger is likely facing being frozen out from Ann Tornberg’s inner circle, after having been one of her favored whom she featured at fundraisers, Cory seems unable to decide whether to continue the effort to dump Ann Tornberg, or to try to sweep the revolution under the rug, as he urges the dissenters to drop the recall [Pat Powers, “Democrat Mouthpiece Finally Breaks News Blackout on Failed Democrat Party Revolt,” Dakota War College, 2017.05.10].
Oh yeah, the 2015 Buffalo Round-Up! Funny: Joe Lowe invited me, not Ann Tornberg. But you know, I don’t need anyone to invite me to a fundraiser to give me an excuse to visit the Black Hills and get some great photos of Sylvan Lake.
For someone who pretends to understand me, Pat Powers really doesn’t know me at all. Ann Tornberg has known me for 30 years. If she has an “inner circle”, she has yet to place me in it. But Ann can tell you, as can anyone else who knows me, that I have never really given a hoot about getting into anyone’s “inner circle”. Unlike Pat Powers, whose entire blogging career reads like one long fawning to atone for his past political gaffes and get back into the good graces of the Republican rich and powerful, I am my own man. I appreciate my friends, I respect their trust, but I do not chase favor. I report facts, I analyze and opine, and I let others throw whichever chips, poker or buffalo, they see fit.
Besides, if I were just in it for favor and fortune, would I really be making kissy-face to the great leviathan that is the South Dakota Democratic Party? Heck no! I’d take Pat’s route, or Annette Bosworth’s, or Joel Arends’s, or Donald Trump‘s, and pretend to be a Republican again. There’s more money in that.
See? Most of what Powers tries to lay at my feet really festers in his own soul and in the heart of his failing Republican Party.