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Failing as Governor Makes Noem a Better National Candidate for Trumpists?

You have got to be kidding me. Kristi Noem falls down on the job and once again fails to convince Republican supermajorities in her friendly part-time Legislature to pass major portions of her agenda, and a Republican pollster can cook up an argument that Noem’s failure to do her job in easy circumstances can boost her (Vice?-) Presidential bid in 2024:

Republican pollster Brent Buchanan says that in Donald Trump’s GOP, such intraparty squabbles aren’t a liability and may even be an asset for a politician trying to curry favor with the former president and the voters who support him.

“It helps her if they don’t pass (her agenda) more so than if they did,” Buchanan said. “Trump has primed Republican leaders to think about the unfaithful within their own ranks” [Stephen Groves and Thomas Beaumont, “How Noem’s Struggles at Home May Enhance White House Chances,” AP, 2022.03.13].

The less Noem produces results in Pierre, the more likely Trumpists will elect her to try to produce results in Washington. Wow—you Trumpists have bit hook, line, and sinker into kakistocracy, haven’t you? In what other setting do we hold job interviews and hire the least qualified candidate?

Even one of her rare policy successes, passage of this year’s distractingtransgender-scapegoating Senate Bill 46 to make up for Noem’s bumbling veto of a transgender sports ban last year, is more base-butt-kissing than real policy change:

In an effort to placate angry conservatives, Noem pushed a transgender athlete ban through the Legislature this year, promoting her proposal with a barrage of TV ads on Fox News that claimed she “never backed down” on the issue.

With that element of the national party, at least, it appears to have worked.

“I do think this has really repaired her image,” said Terry Schilling, president of the conservative American Principles Project. “It’s definitely made me much more supportive of her to see her sign this.”

But some people in both parties see that bill, and others, as aimed largely at Noem’s national ambitions.

“You have a governor who is trying to get her name out and sadly that’s what a lot of these bills are — it’s to be used for election material, not to affect any real policy change,” said Democratic state Sen. Troy Heinert. “It looks to me like we’re trying to out-crazy Texas and Florida” [Groves and Beaumont, 2022.03.13].

Noem’s supporters have demonstrated all along the personality-cult preference that put Donald Trump in the White House: Noem’s people don’t care about real job performance. They want image, not substance.


  1. cibvet 2022-03-14

    Show ponies never make it as work horses. She makes a great welfare queen
    for the lack of work ethic and subsidy laden South Dakotans.

  2. Loren 2022-03-14

    So, the less you get done, the more you can place blame, the more popular you become? Only in MAGA-world where they use “alternative facts.” Get a grip, SD!!!!

  3. Donald Pay 2022-03-14

    She falls down all the time, but in Repblican World failure is just a way to climb the ladder. “Fail up.” The rich can do it, you and I have to get survival jobs.

    Trump has been failing his whole life, He had his inheritance to fall down on, along with various scams and tax cheating schemes. One failure after another scam after some more tax cheating. Failure. Failure. Failure. Oh, he was good at selling BS, but not so good at follow through. When you have Daddy’s inheritance you can fail at a lot of things. Finally, he had someone script a TV show for him. Success, at least for a time. All that lax work put into failure and he was ready for the presidency.

    Is Noem competent enough to be President? Well, if your idea of competence is failure and laziness, sure.

  4. Mark Anderson 2022-03-14

    We will see if she gets along with Melania. After all she and her President will have to break the Pence rule about meeting with women, and you never know?

  5. larry kurtz 2022-03-14

    Imagine Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s reaction had Herr Trump had the courage to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan during his term. She’d be moving Afghan refugees into the Governor’s mansion.

    There is little doubt that Mrs. Noem will spend most of her time in Iowa next year hoeing in cash by the boxful

  6. RST Tribal Member 2022-03-14

    If Noem wins in November 2022, she will hang around for another 4 years, providing that much-needed governance and guidance SD has enjoyed for the past couple decades. The illiterates matching to the polls every couple years and not sure what they are doing but look for R and press button. The deal with campaigning for vice-president as American’s Governor is a distraction without really any serious consideration. Someone as backwards and blessed with limited mind matter is to be grabbed frequently and not taken seriously.

    The temperament of a helicopter mom should not be closed to the big bomb button. It’s one thing to bend the rules to help your failing brood get employment, it’s another thing to run a country. At least Noem has proven she is not able or fit to do anything beyond sound bits and gliding around looking engaged, but inside wondering what is happening or being said. I would guess many presentations have to be prepared at the lower grade levels or the audience of one gets lost.

    At some point Noem will join the ranks of Sara, Michelle and other female republicans politicians who were humored but not taken seriously.

    By 2024 the world of 45 could be different. Noem is put all her ego eggs in 45’s basket is typical for one of little mind and purpose.

  7. Arlo Blundt 2022-03-14

    RST is correct. Trump’s ship has sailed.

  8. cathy 2022-03-14

    Has Noem ever participated in a real debate with opposing candidates?

  9. John 2022-03-16

    It’s amazing how the snowjob noem folks and repbulicants whine endlessly about “losing” their faux ‘white’ culture — when they work overtime killing their voters.
    Excess death rate per capita 4x higher in red states than blue states after introduction of COVID vaccines
    “States are laboratories for experimentation, but fragmented health policy has consequences. While other countries mounted a national response to COVID-19, the US was hobbled by 50 response plans and, to date, has lost more than 1 million lives. Although state governments have the right to set their own path and policies, the public should decide whether life expectancy should be part of the experiment.”

    A senate full of octogenarians can’t be bothered to change their clocks twice a year so it NATIONALIZES daylight savings time, formerly a state decision. But save a million lives? Increase life expectancy — NOT the senate’s business.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-03-16

    Noem’s incompetence and focus on image-making over policy-making has led to preventable deaths. Failure isn’t cute; it’s deadly. Jamie Smith should put that on posters.

  11. mike from iowa 2022-03-16

    Moar Noem failure,,,, SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Department of Health reported nine COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.

    The COVID-19 death toll is now at 2,870, up from Tuesday (2,861). The new deaths were six men and three women in the following age ranges: 0-9 (1), 50-59 (1), 60-69 (2), 70-79 (1), and 80+ (4).

    Active cases are now at 2,679, down from Tuesday (2,756).

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