Governor Kristi Noem is really eager to brag about her being named the best governor for rigging the economy for our corporate overlords. But she’s not as eager to note that this award from conservative bill mill American Legislative Exchange Council was yet another excuse for her to skip work and fly across the country to butter up her 2024 Presidential primary base.
After stringing together a few words and ferret-skins to address the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association convention in Las Vegas last Wednesday morning, Noem hopped on a plane (the state plane? Mike Lindell’s plane? who knows?!), maybe came back to Pierre for a quick sweat in the sauna, changed into more subdued business attire, and popped in to address ALEC’s State & Nation Policy Summit in San Diego on Friday:
In San Diego on Friday, Noem told some folksy stories about her family and lessons learned from her father (“If we weren’t hunting, we were working.”).
She had some choice words for liberals and the media, but bemoaned the reality that people of different political persuasions often stop talking with one another. She urged the audience of legislators to try to change that and expressed optimism about the public being engaged.
“As you trust the people and you educate them and you put forth good policy,” she said, “just remember you will see a ripple effect of more happiness, more successful families.
“I also want to ask you to be happy,” she added. “People will be attracted to you by your optimism. Everything in this world is so dark right now. People are looking for some hope” [Michael Smolens, “Column: Far from the Madding Beltway, San Diego Conference Showcases Two GOP Rising Stars,” San Diego Union-Tribune, 2021.12.05].
Las Vegas last Wednesday, San Diego last Friday, Pennsylvania this week—Kristi Noem is certainly very busy.
Related Viewing: Feel free to put yourself to sleep listening to this video of Noem’s snoozy speech, in which she claims (timestamp 11:00) that “It wasn’t covid that crushed the economy; government crushed the economy”:
Update 19:54 CDT: Here’s the same speech, with a better view of Noem, as posted by ALEC to its YouTube channel: