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Krebs Beats Tapio with Moooving Video; Dusty Johnson Still Likely Leader

Speaking of foul stench, Shantel Krebs posted a new campaign video online that quasi-counters Neal Tapio’s new attack video. Like Tapio, Krebs focuses on the theme of washing out Washington, though she replaces “drain the swamp” with “drain the corral”:

Krebs works too hard to turn her clever phrases, overpausing on “corral” (do ranchers speak of draining the corral? can a corral be drained?) and “futures” (too glancing a reference for impactful wordplay… but maybe if a fella had said, it would’ve been more pun-gent). However, Krebs beats the Carhartts off Tapio on production values, as shown by the simple yet punchy deployment of two moo sounds: the first at 0:07, a sharp bleat like a “What-choo talkin’ about, Willis?” reaction to her “smell” comment; the second at 0:19, a longer, lower moo, subdued as if to represent the distance she’s putting between herself and the herd with her “break,” yet also in its length distinctly approving, as if listening and saying, “Oooooh, I see—gooood ideas”; and the last moo over the final fade out, short like the first, a rule-of-three compositional element tying the whole piece together.

Krebs is still reaching for the Trump vote, but unlike Tapio, she’s not talking smack about fellow Republicans. Perhaps in that regard Krebs misreads the diehard Trump voters. Donald Trump won those folks by calling his opponents childish names every day. They want the petty, the bitchy, the WWE/”reality” zingfest, where words are merely staged punches with no meaning beyond insult. Trump voters don’t care if a Republican candidate says their Republican governor has run “one of the most scandal-ridden administrations in state history.” Primary nice is boring; they want body slams!

Dusty Johnson is primary nice, but he’s not boring. He’s the Chris Nelson of this race, but he won’t slack off like Chris Nelson did in 2010. He’ll hold the GOP mainstreamers who come out for the primary. He’ll let Krebs compete with Tapio, whose Trump act won’t overcome the fact that he’s not well-known enough around the state or popular enough on his home turf to do better than third. Shantel’s well-timed mooing will tamp down the Tapio-Trump total on June 5, but it won’t win her the primary.


  1. Stace Nelson 2018-05-15

    Cute commercial. She’s not getting any air time at the Iowa Democrat controlled war toilet blog. Must be from not paying any of the extortion monies to Lederman’s little henchmen? One good thing? SOS Krebs’ is spared Troy Jones’ RINO establishment comdenmnation cloaked in “expert” analysis. 🤣

  2. Jason 2018-05-15

    Cory wrote:

    Donald Trump won those folks by calling his opponents childish names every day.

    That’s pretty ironic considering the childish names and words written by many of the posters on this blog towards conservatives, Republicans, and Christians.

  3. Stace Nelson 2018-05-15

    I stand corrected.

    Jason is spot on.

  4. Roger Cornelius 2018-05-15

    Jason and Nelson never ever call anyone names or insult anyone.

  5. Porter Lansing 2018-05-15

    @Roger … Jason hasn’t called anyone “stupid” all week. Guess he got a dose of humility.

  6. mike fom iowa 2018-05-15

    Jason, which posters on this blog represent the entire nation as potus?

    Nelson hasn’t physically threatened anyone here, lately. His A-hole personality must be in remission.

    Drumpf, the spoiled little brat, calls people names and lies up a storm every damn day and you wingnuts are going to be held responsible (with Putin) for putting this creature in the White House.

  7. Roger Cornelius 2018-05-15

    It’s only Tuesday, give Jason a few more hours and he’ll call you or I stupid or some equal insult.
    Jason sees irony where there is none.

  8. Debbo 2018-05-15

    I think Kreb’s use of “corral” was appropriate in that context and the preceding pause fit. No, ranchers don’t drain the corral, but there she stood and that fits better with SouDakota so, yeah.

  9. Craig 2018-05-15

    I’m confused – are we saying calling someone a name or insulting them equates to winning people over? I suppose it might impress or convince some types of people such as the ignorant, the petty, the uneducated, the simple minded… you know – the types of people who see two children fighting and instead of trying to break it up they start to cheer for a victor while recording the action on their smartphone so they can upload it to YouTube and share on their Facebook page? Yea – those types of people.

    I know there are lots of those types of people across all walks of life but is it wrong to expect more and demand more from our leaders? I wouldn’t hire someone like that to manage the local Taco Bell much less someone who is expected to represent our city, county, state, or nation.

    We deserve better. We should demand it. Anything less is beneath us.

  10. grudznick 2018-05-15

    I think Ms. Krebs is a bit of a fake cowgirl, but I suppose that sells better than being a monger of fancy shoes here in the great state of South Dakota.

  11. mike fom iowa 2018-05-15

    She was pictured with a snake making me wonder about the company she keeps.

    Grudz has her back and front and side and ………. because of her looks. She is a shoo-in with an endorsement lik that.e

  12. Rorschach 2018-05-15

    The best way to deal with Tapio is to ignore him entirely like he doesn’t exist. His whole strategy is to get people talking about him. Of course, if he’s the nominee then Tim Bjorkman wins, so everybody talk about Tapio!

  13. bearcreekbat 2018-05-15

    Here is something I didn’t expect – Tapio’s ads are showing up on the Salon web page as I peruse their daily offerings! Maybe he is a progressive in wolf’s clothing?

  14. Roger Cornelius 2018-05-15

    Tapio ads have also been appearing on Slate and believe it or not, on The Hill.

  15. Debbo 2018-05-15

    Roger and BCB, why would Tapioca be advertising in those places? Does he think SD voters are regular readers? Does he have another plan? Or is he just plain stupid?

  16. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-16

    Let’s ignore Jason’s attempt to make the blog post about the people in the comment section instead of about the topic at hand.

    I notice one problem with the Krebs video: the default still, the image that shows before one hits Play, is of black cattle standing around. The bottom half of the screen is dark enough to be mostly useless, adding no visual punch. On casual glance, the cattle don’t really stand out. Their orange ear tags do, and strangely, each time I load the page and spot that ad image, I get the impression of little fists with middle finger raised.

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-05-16

    Slate, Salon, The Hill—interesting. I wonder if Tapio targeted those publications specifically, or if the ads are popping up there through Google Ad placement targeting South Dakota readers on a range of political sites. The latter seems more likely: Tapio wouldn’t pick the publications with the thought that a disproportionate number of South Dakotans are reading them, but the Google ad generator would serve up those ads to however few South Dakotans are reading them.

    Then again, maybe he’s not targeting voters. Maybe he’s playing Bosworth and targeting out-of-state donors. But as Bosworth showed, the right way to play that game is to get Base Connect’s list of vulnerable old geezers and send them scary letters shouting about Obama.

  18. Debbo 2018-05-16

    I’ll bet this woman is much more at home on a horse than any of SD’s wannabe cowgirls/boys. Of course, I could be wrong, but Idaho’s next governor looks comfy without looking posed.

  19. Porter Lansing 2018-05-17

    @Cory … I read Slate and The Hill and haven’t seen any Tapio ads. Must be targeting South Dakota region.

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