Kevin Woster’s article on Kristi Noem’s endorsement from South Dakota’s one-note anti-abortion fanatics points out a couple of amusing contradictions in her campaign.
First, Noem plans to expand state government by hiring an “unborn person advocate”:
Noem listed some objectives on the abortion issue if she is elected governor.
* Assign a staffer within the governor’s office to be an “unborn person advocate” who would “monitor, report and recommend legislative and policy changes….
I asked Noem campaign staffer Brittany Cummings to explain some of those points. She said the “unborn person advocate” would be an assignment within the governor’s office, and the advocate “may have other roles as well” [Kevin Woster, “Sutton’s Style Gentle, Noem’s Anything But,” SDPB: On the Other Hand, 2018.09.10].
Wait a minute: when Noem was campaigning against Marty Jackley, she committed to fight the growth of government. She pounded Jackley into the primary dirt by pledging not to create a bunch of new task forces and roundtables. But when she needs to excite her red-meat base, she’s more than happy to have us pay for a new executive branch dedicated to single-issue hollering.
I guess as long as Kristi Noem’s new hires don’t all meet as a task force, government isn’t really bigger. Let Kristi plant thousands of new FTE trees; just don’t call them a big government forest.
Noem includes another noteworthy objective in her crusade to stop every woman from controlling her own pregnancy:
…”Work to defend South Dakota’s pro-life policies, engaging the top legal minds to litigate on behalf of our values, if necessary” [Noem, quoted in Woster, 2018.09.10]
Top legal minds? That sounds like an endorsement of Randy Seiler for Attorney General, since the Republican nominee certainly doesn’t understand the law. Noem is signaling that even though Ravnsborg is anti-abortion, he won’t be able to handle the serious anti-abortion litigation:
“Kristi believes South Dakota has a great pro-life attorney general candidate in Jason Ravsnborg. But she wants South Dakotans to understand she takes the ongoing litigation very seriously and will ensure we have an entire team of pro-life legal minds ready to take on Roe v. Wade and related decisions” [Noem, in Woster, 2018.09.10].
Even Kristi Noem recognizes that the fact that you oppose abortion won’t by itself win court cases. So if we elect the Republican ticket this year, not only will Noem be hiring a new anti-abortion crusader for her office (and stop and think a moment: does that one issue, already minimized to a few hundred instances in South Dakota each year, really warrant a whole FTE?), but she’ll be hiring extra lawyers to do the job her Republican Attorney General should should be able to handle but can’t.
You can’t make government big enough to handle the crusading incompetence of South Dakota’s 2018 Republican ticket.