Dash any hopes you might have had that Republican rookie Representative Scyller Borglum would run for U.S. Senate as some sort of stealth progressive, rallying independents and women to her side to escape Mike Rounds’s servile capitulation to the reckless incompetence of Donald J. Trump. In her announcement speech this morning, Borglum revealed that her marketing line of “common-sense conservatism” really means Trumpism:
The same group of people who stand in line for their pictures with President Trump were some of his loudest critics not that long ago. And what were they afraid of? They were afraid that his common-sense conservative approach to the business of running America was not what they had in mind [Scyller Borglum, campaign announcement speech, Rapid City, SD, 2019.07.01].
I’d think a candidate with a Ph.D. would be smarter than that. But if she can look at Donald Trump’s mismanagement of domestic and foreign policy and call that “common sense,” it’s clear that Borglum is just another Trumpist committed to using words with no meaning.
Borglum signals that she will raise the spectre of Rounds’s gubernatorial scandals. I welcome any Republican to join me in pointing out Mike Rounds’s record of corruption and failure.
But Borglum criticizes the Democratic Party Presidential candidates for speaking Spanish. She says “Trump has done a fantastic job” of deregulating the economy and reining in government overreach. She calls the Affordable Care Act a “disaster” and promises to replace it with some “free market” plan that she will announce later in the campaign (yeah, yeah, more tease)… yet she laments that Medicare doesn’t pay hospitals enough to stay out of the red. She invokes meth from south of the border and MS-13 gangs and open borders (which no Democrat advocates) and building Trump’s wall.
I want Republicans to help me oust Mike Rounds. But that help won’t come from a Trumpist in a red dress who uses meaningless words just like her idol. Mike Rounds harms South Dakota most by facilitating the reckless policies that hurt South Dakota’s farmers and businesses. Scyller Borglum won’t solve that problem; she’ll only make it worse.
Borglum is this primary’s Shantel Krebs, pandering to Trump voters, despite all the ill Trump does to women and to South Dakota. And given the lack of anything else to distinguish herself in this morning’s announcement, she’ll end up like Krebs, in second place.