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Taffy Howard’s “Insane Chaos” Prompts Woster to Contemplate Moving

How bad would Big Liar and insurrectionist Taffy Howard be if she beat Dusty Johnson in South Dakota’s 2022 U.S. House race? So bad that she’d make a Woster consider leaving South Dakota:

…when I got off the phone with Johnson, I turned to my wife and said, “OK, if Taffy Howard beats Dusty Johnson running on the Big Lie, promise me we’ll move to another state.”

She didn’t promise. She figured I wasn’t serious.  And I probably wasn’t. Besides, she’s not inclined to leave her pack of grandkids in Rapid City anytime soon.

But Mary likes Dusty, even though, as a strong Democrat, she disagrees with him on just about all key policy issues. But she thinks he’s a good man. An honest man. A man who believes in facts, not political fiction.

He also believes in the established rule of law, in respectful political rhetoric and in a system of government that, while imperfect, has proven itself to be a worldwide standard of stability and success over more than 200 years.

Could a guy like that really lose to a candidate simply because he refuses to promote the Big Lie and simply did his job in certifying an election that all reasonable people know Joe Biden won?

I hope things haven’t slipped that far toward insane chaos [Kevin Woster, “Considering the Age of Trump, the Big Lie and Its Threat to More-Qualified Incumbents,” SDPB: On the Other Hand, 2021.10.15].

Taffy Howard: Insane Chaos—Dusty, our man Kevin may have written your primary campaign slogan.

Keep Kevin in South Dakota. Keep Taffy Howard out of Congress.


  1. larry kurtz 2021-10-17 10:21

    Since South Dakota Democrats are too smart to hold primaries every voter in the state should register in that other political party and nominate Mrs. Howard. Now that would be chaos.

  2. Loren 2021-10-17 10:42

    A couple of times I thought there might be hope for Dusty. He said a couple of things that were discordant with today’s GQP, but when the time came to stand behind the words, he crumbled like a house of cards. Kinsinger or Cheney he is NOT. Party line all the way. Spine of a jellyfish. He may be a great guy to have a bier with, but is in over his head in congres. Opie Taylor in a MAGA world!

  3. Mark+Anderson 2021-10-17 11:20

    Well Kevin and Mary. Just over 20 per cent of Republicans believe that Trump lost the election. The only hope for that party is that those people don’t vote. It’s a hope for America too. To quote from a tv show, truth, justice, and the American way. The vast majority of Republicans believe a lying con man. It’s just sad.

  4. mike from iowa 2021-10-17 11:22

    I read today where Florida loony magat Laura Loomer claims her election was stolen, just like her idol, drumpf. She lost by 80k votes and 20% points, just like drumpf, right?

  5. chris 2021-10-17 12:05

    One of the Wosters once said electing Thune instead of Daschle would make no difference to South Dakotans.

  6. grudznick 2021-10-17 12:34

    Young Ms. Taffy, who is very pretty, comes off as not being insaner than most when you meet her downtown around the breakfasting joints. But she is insaner than most, and Mr. Woster be wise to point this out. It is the weaker minded who buy into her insanerisms.

  7. Mark Anderson 2021-10-17 13:56

    Which Wooster was thar Chris? Grudz at least the insaners are being attracted to the “right” party. It’s the sense of belonging.

  8. grudznick 2021-10-17 14:12

    Like you, Mr. Anderson, many who are righter than right have noted the insaners migration towards the fringe, and some go up or down towards the Libertarian or Constitution parties. Yes, even grudznick has dabbled around the edges of Libertarianism, however they did not accept my offer to run as their Lt. Governor candidate this last time so I am still quite bitter with them. Not my good friend Bob, but those in “control” of the party.

  9. Bill 2021-10-17 14:34

    The idea that Johnson is “honest” is… questionable. Each time when his vote had consequences wrt Trump’s misconduct wrt Ukraine and the Sacking of the Capitol, he demurred. His only yes vote on reigning in Trumpism was for a commission that he knew his counterparts in the Senate wouldn’t vote for. But as Howard’s candidacy shows, you can’t be 99% for Trump. You must be totally on the Trump crazy train or you might as well be wearing a “Ché is Dreamy” T-shirt.

  10. chris 2021-10-17 14:49

    @Mark Anderson, It was in a newspaper. Let me check my microfiche archives.

  11. ArloBlundt 2021-10-17 15:14

    Well…Miss Taffy needs to get her Motel money together and run hard in Eastern South Dakota, Sioux Falls and the James River Valley. She has an issue, that Dusty is luke warm on the Big Lie, and can add that he is not committed as he should be to a high wall in Texas, is wishy-washy on abortion, too accommodating to Indian people. and soft on national defense. Throw in a warning about the dangers of critical race theory and some reliable jingoism about race mixing and she can energize the Trump base.Orthodox Republicans are not going to be highly motivated to turn out for an early primary with not much else on the ballot, and if the Corona Virus is still viable she can run ads of Dusty all masked up and looking like a silly Democrat. She’s in the running if she can mount a decent East River campaign.The Trumpians will love to get their flags flying and pick-ups peeling out in front of the polling places again and just need a candidate they can believe in…like Taffy.

  12. mike from iowa 2021-10-17 15:15

    In truth, Daschle is no more obstructionist than any other Senate Democrat. Short of a wholesale rout in November, eliminating him won’t make that much difference, because others will pick up the obstructing wherever Daschle leaves off. The real reason Republicans are so hot to defeat the senator from South Dakota has as much to do with symbolism as with substance. Toppling the Democratic leader would hand Bush and the Republicans a political trophy, the domestic equivalent of Saddam Hussein’s pistol.

    from an NYT article by Sheryl Gay Stolberg

    There is a paywall.

  13. grudznick 2021-10-17 15:17

    Mr. Anderson, I suspect what Mr. chris is referring to is the article entitled “A Perfect Storm: A Case Study Analysis of the Defeat of Tom Daschle by John Thune in the 2004 South Dakota Senate Race.”

    Thar, to use your word…thar be your Wooster. Over yonder.

  14. mike from iowa 2021-10-17 15:19

    Above article was about Rick “Guv Goodhair” Perry wanting Marlboro Barbie to defeat Daschle for Senate. I also remember MB whining that South Dakota really needed balanced representation in DC until magats got all three elected spots. Then all bets for balanced representation disappeared quicker than truth from drumpf’s mouth.

  15. grudznick 2021-10-17 15:25

    Mr. mike, I realize you are from Iowa and are naught but one of Mr. H’s out-of-state name-callers, but can you make yourself useful to the rest of us and elaborate on this Governor Perry fellow’s hair? Did he really have a fine coiffure and are there pictures of this upon which one might use to as examples in a barber shop? Blue links would be appreciated.

  16. Anne 2021-10-17 16:12

    Isn’t there someone in Grudgnuts’ ward who can help him direct his effusions into an appropriate receptacle?

  17. ArloBlundt 2021-10-17 16:31

    Well…trying to work out in my head, what percentage of the Republican registered voters Taffy needs on her side to win a June primary that is otherwise pretty quiet…I’m thinking somewhere just over 25%, Now 25% of registered Republicans are hard core, flag flying, belligerent Trump fanatics so I think Taffy’s task here is doable, but she’ll need cash to recruit and mobilize those voters.

  18. Mark Anderson 2021-10-17 17:11

    You know it’s amazing to me that voters in South Dakota only think that Democrats get too big for their britches. McGovern then Daschle. Thune has been patiently waiting and his party has turned Trump so So. Dak. won’t do him in unless Noem realizes that’s her only real option. People don’t seem to mind her flying all over and doing nothing but campaigning for VP or do they? To be a Republican these days you 1. Have to accept and talk about the fraudulent election, the trump won sign. 2. Continue to talk about it. 3. Realize it’s everything, nothing else matters to the big boy. Just look at the old boy from Iowa, he needs Trump? There are so many Taffy jokes to use however and a Dusty Taffy race is one of them. It will be fun just coming up with them.

  19. Mark Anderson 2021-10-17 17:21

    Dusty just blows the wind, Taffy sticks with you.

  20. Jake 2021-10-18 12:03

    Anyone else notice how ole grudz just doe his GQP thingy by obliquely changing topics and querying of his detractors of something else? Totally a product of SD GQP (Talibanesque) thinking….

  21. Kent+Frerichs 2021-10-18 13:55

    The answer is: Kevin Woster should run for the House or Senate as a Democrat! He could win.

  22. Jake 2021-10-18 18:50

    Kent et. al; Why in hell would ANY sane person want to join the GQP in Pierre in mid-winter? That is a den of snakes from the ‘git-go’! With grudznicks lurking around every corner.

  23. grudznick 2021-10-18 19:19

    Who would NOT want to be anywhere there is free breakfast, lunch and dinner, and grudznicks lurking around every corner?

  24. mike from iowa 2021-10-18 19:48

    Australia and New Zealand use lurkers in conjunction with ferrets to rid the counties of rabbits.

  25. ABC 2021-10-18 23:08

    Spineless vs Insurrectionist? Not much of a choice. Whoever wins goes to Congress. So we register as Republicans, vote for Dustin, and then watch him beat the Democrat in Nov 22?

    Better. Find a Progressive to run against the Democrat in Democratic primary.

    Go on these issues. Small income tax of 3% top bracket. No sales tax on food and clothing. Not a sin to eat and be clothed! Support ethics that Daugaaaaaard repealed so quickly. Double the number of legislators to 210, so we can be more represented. Lower signature requirements on statewide office, Hawaiirequires 50 signatures, that’s Democracy! Make motor voter the law. Drop ID requirement to vote.

    Independents and Nonvoters are responsible for Rep. lock on Pierre. We had a Progressive Governor once in the 20th Century. Why not again?

  26. ArloBlundt 2021-10-19 00:25

    Well…would love to see Woster run…any solid citizen who is well balanced and thoughtful will do…we have enough wingnuts and unqualified pretty people..

  27. SDtransplant 2022-05-29 19:35

    I do not want to see 1 more taffy commercial. I don’t pretend anything to get along with others. My take is that Tiffany condones Patriots wanting to hang our VP and believes a documented liar. Pretty on the outside wins in SD. That’s definitely disgusting. I may also move from the insanity cuz I can.

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