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Thune Press Secretary Lingle a Role Model for All South Dakotans

Smiling because she lives in a city where she doesn't need a car....
Smiling because she lives in a city where she doesn’t need a car….

The best part of Don Jorgensen’s puff piece (or do we call this one an air ball?) on former SDSU basketball player Katie Lingle‘s job as Senator John Thune’s press secretary in Washington, D.C., is not Lingle’s mixed metaphor about folks in Thune’s office having a track record playing basketball”—technically, we would say those hoopsters have a court record.

No, focus up! The best part of the Lingle interview is the run-on line Jorgensen maroons at the end:

Lingle lives about a half mile from the capitol, since she doesn’t have a car in D.C., she walks to work every morning [Don Jorgensen, “From Frost Arena to the Political Arena,” KELO-TV, 2019.08.01].

Finally! Someone in South Dakota’s Republican circles acting as a role model for us all: live without a car and walk to work. Way to go, Katie!

And imagine—walking to work in Washington, D.C., with the United States Capitol as your destination, the Washington Monument and other glories of democracy all around—all easier to enjoy when you’re on foot and not trapped behind the wheel of a fuming machine of planetary death.


  1. Donald Pay 2019-08-02 09:10

    She must be rich. You can’t get that kind of housing without paying a lot. Rich husband? Sugar daddy? Special interest group?

  2. chris 2019-08-02 10:56

    I watched this excellent piece of investigativeArby’s. It was refreshing to hear that Thune is now fully onboard the Trump train. Thune can now delete the wishy-washy infidel tweet he made about how Trump needs to withdraw and have Mike Pence be the nominee, after the grab-’em-by-the-pussy-tape came out.

  3. Debbo 2019-08-02 15:23

    So there is one thing Thin does well. He recruits basketball players. Meh.

  4. Moses6 2019-08-02 17:55

    Thune supposedly a man of values has sunk lower than the water table when it comes to this president.Disapointing come on Moscow John change your tune.

  5. mike from iowa 2019-08-02 18:50

    Roger C, Cory, Nick and other South Dakotans….. did all of you really want to be Marlboro Barbie’s press secretary?

  6. Debbo 2019-08-02 20:16

    Moses6, that’s good, except the water table is awfully high now.
    There’s only 1 thing Thin is good at, standing behind Moscow Mitch while being tall.

  7. Debbo 2019-08-02 21:20

    We can add Leningrad Lindsey to the GOP traitor list, but we still need a name for Thin that reflects his Independence Day (Oh, the irony!) trip to Russia.

    “The hashtag ‘LeningradLindsey’ trended on Twitter Thursday after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) forced a controversial asylum bill through committee.

    “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a bill to overhaul U.S. asylum laws, waiving committee rules to force the bill through to the full Senate, where it likely won’t get the 60 votes it needs to pass.

    “But Graham’s move to push the bill through the panel outraged Democrats who say the South Carolina senator broke the rules on how lawmakers take up legislation in order to move a partisan bill along.”
    From the Immoral Minority

  8. Loren 2019-08-03 14:46

    Press Secretary? So this is the person that rejects my notes to #2 “leader” when I dare insert verbiage that president Dump might use. Is she really that sensitive? Of course, all I get in return is the standard “”As you know…” letter followed by a list of Johnboy’s GOP, Mitch approved, talking points. She’s doing a great job… as SD politics go. Very sad!

  9. John Kennedy Claussen, Sr., 2019-08-04 21:45

    Have any of Dons pieces asked Senators Thune, Rounds, and Congressman Johnson about Trump’s trade policies and their impact on South Dakota formers, or the flooding in South Dakota, climate change, and the Trump Administration’s obvious indifference to an effective climate change policy? I don’t think so. But we have learned that Senator Thune’s whip office has an European water closet and that apparently South Dakota likes to send their basketball players (Thune and Lingle) to Washington.

    Many years ago, the late Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota was credited with having said something to the effect that the US Senate has become a place for pro basketball players, astronauts, and trust fund babies; and I am afraid Don’s stories are just helping to prove that reality still exists in one way or an other.

    Perhaps, someday when Senator Thune leaves the senate, he can get a job hosting a game show called:
    “What’s Behind the Watercloset?”

    Now, in fairness, Senator Thune has mentioned in his interviews with Don that the President’s Tweets are at times not helpful, but to South Dakota farmers, when has Trump been helpful other than to extend temporary aid to offset a Trump Administration’s destructive trade and climate policies?

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