You know, when it’s news that your Governor is staying home, your Governor has a problem:
Now this isn’t fair of me to pick on Kristi Noem for canceling her trip to Texas. I had just gotten done giving her grief for taking another day off from the office to go pose for cameras in Texas. After last week’s five-state barnstorm and five-scandal shitstorm (Kassidy, Corey, Trashelle, travel, and trusts—and did you catch the cancellation of the social studies standards?), we should give our Governor credit for realizing maybe she needs to spend less time up in the air and more time back at the office running the state.
KELO-TV says the Governor is staying home today “to monitor the response for the Auburn Wildfire which had burned nearly 1,000 acres as of Tuesday, and to prepare for a meeting with legislators Thursday on the upcoming legislative session,” which is the typical kind of work a Governor hangs around to do. Nine other Governors, including four from neighboring states, still appeared at Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s little xenophobia hoo-ha today. They probably breathed a sigh of relief that Kristi wasn’t coming to distract from the event (and come on, if you were a Texas reporter and Kristi Noem walked up to your mic this week, wouldn’t you want to ask her about real estate appraisals, South Dakota’s trust industry, Corey Lewandowski’s latest sexual harassment scandal, and the other issues of which she has direct knowledge rather than the border issues on which she is not an expert?).
But hey, let’s put on our positive pants: it’s nice to know that, every now and then, our Governor can buck her political impulses and stick around to do her job.
Now if only “doing her job” wasn’t news in Noemistan.