For all of you worried that a snap election for new South Dakota Democratic Party leadership could wreck McGovern Day and sow long-lasting division in the party, I offer a simple solution: when the SDDP Central Committee convenes at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow in Sioux Falls, an enterprising member (Brett? Frank? Nick? Jennifer? Darrel? Silvia?) should immediately rise and make the following motion:
I move to hire Paula Hawks as executive director of the South Dakota Democratic Party, effective immediately.
- Democrats need all willing hands on deck.
- Ann Tornberg says she wants to keep working for the party.
- Paula Hawks says she wants to resume working for the party.
- The party may or may not need a new chair, but we have a chair.
- The party definitely needs a new executive director, right now.
- Picking a new chair right now requires significant changes to the party constitution that warrant lengthy review and discussion.
- Picking a new executive director requires no constitutional changes.
- Hawks has already submitted her résumé for the job by running a statewide Congressional campaign that was at least as respectable as any campaigning done by the state party in 2016.
- Everyone on the Central Committee and in the South Dakota Democratic Party places the common good of the party and South Dakota above any personal consideration of minor issues like who gets to have which title.
- Hiring Hawks as exec ends her bid for chair, ends the need for constitutional revision, and gets the Central Committee meeting done in plenty of time for lunch and the other McGovern Day festivities.
Let’s snatch unity from the jaws of division. Keep Tornberg, hire Hawks, and get to lunch… because we can’t save South Dakota from Trump on an empty stomach.