Libertarian blogger Ken Santema says the District 3 Senate race would have been closer if I just weren’t a social justice warrior:
Some will say the negative attack ads sent out by the SD GOP against Heidelberger tipped the balance towards Novstrup. Personally I don’t think the postcards did much, if anything. I believe what kept this from being a tight race is the same thing that caused Hillary Clinton to lose some support: social justice warriors. Heidelberger is a social justice warrior and is not afraid to use political correctness as a tool while blogging or speaking to groups. I believe this cost him a lot of votes. I’ve actually spoken with a handful of long-time Democrats in Aberdeen who were turned away from Heidelberger for often throwing out words such as bigoted, racists, misogynist, sexists, etc… Using those terms to label opponents does a great job of getting his base supporters excited, but it pushes people away who might have otherwise listened to his message. I think if the 2016 election proves anything it is that people on the whole are sick of political correctness being used to shut down discussions [Ken Santema, “Looking at the SD State Senate General Election Results,” SoDakLiberty, 2016.11.11].
Funny that this handful of purported long-time Democrats didn’t come talk to the Democrat on their ticket, express their Democratic concerns, and work toward our common goal of electing more Democrats. We do all live in the same district, you know, and it’s not hard to get a hold of me.
For the record, no Democrat came to me during this campaign and expressed concern that I was working too hard for social justice. Had they done so… well, then we might have had a frank discussion about how we need a different candidate. I have little confidence in my ability to witness bigotry, misogyny, and other forms of hurtful ignorance and aggression and not offer criticism. Saying Dearborn, Michigan, is ruled by Sharia law is ignorant bigotry. Kissing and grabbing women against their will is woman-hating aggression. Criticizing such bad behavior doesn’t take a PC (politically correct or Presentation College) warrior; it flows naturally from good upbringing (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and probably can’t be cured.
But hey! At least Santema, who has participated in negative attack ads before, agrees that this time around, the SDGOP mostly wasted their money on their negative attacks.