The SDGOP spin blog finds itself in an awkward position this morning. Week before last, the right-wing Freedom Caucus hawked its Trumpist election denial in a press release. The SDGOP spin blog dismissed this sally as a “wacky crusade” by 23 Republican legislators to relitigate the 2020 election, despite the complete lack of evidence of any alleged fraud.
But yesterday, the SDGOP spin blog’s prime sponsor, Governor Kristi Noem, endorsed the Freedom Caucus’s wacky crusade, or at least attempted to co-opt it and stay on the good side of the democracy-hating election deniers, by issuing her own press release saying she agrees with the wingnuts that “South Dakota would do well to conduct our elections in a transparent fashion. That includes ensuring that the right to vote is not tainted by illegal ballot harvesting or improperly ‘stuffed’ ballot boxes.”
Unlike the SDGOP spin blog, which must publish all of Kristi Noem’s pablum without any critical analysis, I am free to say, Bad parenting, Kristi. When the kids throw a tantrum over perceived but non-existent wrongs, you don’t say, “Hey, good tantrum, kids! I agree with your grievances. I’ll go get you some candy.” You say, “Knock it off. There’s nothing to fuss about. You’re making a scene that will only upset others. Behave or you’re grounded.”
Stop patting liars on the head, Governor Noem. We need elected leaders to speak the truth: there is no rampant election fraud (what rare instances we have found often come from the screamers). We need elected leaders to defend our election officials from baseless attacks. We need our election officials to defend our election processes by pointing out that our election processes are already secure, that the 2020 election was the most securely conducted American election ever.