Still floating… must be a witch….
Much to the certain pleasure of Corey Lewandowski and the folks in charge of Kristi Noem’s national campaign, the New York Times asserts that South Dakota’s Governor is a quickly rising presidential prospect.
But if Noem is rising, it’s not because of actual achievement, the way previous governors earned their ticket to the White House:
Ms. Noem’s approach is markedly different from the arc of other modern governors-turned-presidents, such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Those politicians assiduously courted their states’ kingmakers, held up their legislative achievements as campaign calling cards and waited until they had been re-elected to the governor’s office before auditioning on the national stage [Jonathan Martin, “Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024,” New York Times, 2021.05.02].
Noem is not campaigning on real achievement or management ability. She is a pageant puppet, the latest grotesque metastasis of the reality-TV conflict pageant wrought on us by the last unqualified sleazebag Corey Lewandowski coached to the White House:
As she steps up her already-busy travel schedule — she was the keynote speaker at the Kansas G.O.P.’s convention this month and will address Arkansas Republicans in June — Ms. Noem, 49, may represent the purest test of the potency of Trump-style pugilism.
“It’s a contest about who can trigger the media and Democrats the most, and Noem is trying to get in that conversation,” said David Kochel, a Republican strategist and a veteran of presidential politics. “It’s, ‘Can I come up with something that’s going to inflame Rachel Maddow and raise awareness among conservatives because Fox will cover how much the left hates me?’”
In the post-Trump party, a willingness to confront the news media and do battle with the left, preferably in viral-video snippets, is more compelling to activists than amassing a record of achievement or painstakingly building coalitions [Martin, 2021.05.02].
SDGOP tool Russell Olson tells the Times, Noem “can talk without regurgitating talking points, so she rises to easy consideration in my book.” Russ’s assessment is both false about Noem—do you listen to her talk, Russ? do you read her tweets? she is all regurgitation—and embarrassingly honest about Republican standards. Republicans aren’t looking for someone who can carry out the duties of the most powerful job in the world more effectively than Joe Biden; they just want a talker, someone who says the things they want to hear, triggers the media, and makes for good TV.
The Times article makes clear that, for the third time in a row, Republicans are looking to run pure image over substance for President of the United States.