KELO Radio notes that Senator John Thune is asking for money with a pitch that runs counter to how South Dakota Republicans are governing:
But I need help from conservatives like you. You understand how disastrous it would be to let the Pelosi liberals impose their vision on America. Instead of “the people” ruling, we’d be ruled by a tiny group of left-wing bureaucrats, reporters, wealthy donors, and special interest groups [Sen. John Thune, fundraising letter, quoted in Todd Epp, “First S.D. Democrats, Now Sen. Thune Wants Some Money for 2020,” KELO Radio, 2019.06.20].
Funny to hear a South Dakota Republican talk about “the people ruling” when his party, in South Dakota and across the nation, has worked diligently to erode the people’s ability to rule via initiative and referendum and ensure that only a tiny group of Legislative club members and lobbyists make all the decisions.
But like his counterparts in the Legislature, Thune doesn’t want his base to think about actual policy. He depends on his people shutting off their brains and responding reflexively to his objectifying labels and slogans.