Senate king Lee Schoenbeck levels his party’s Fox/Breitbart-addicted radicals with a critique on his party’s radical “Freedom Caucus” that could apply just easily to his party’s leader, Kristi Noem:
He wants the party to solve problems for South Dakotans, he said, while he alleged some in his party are only interested in whatever pundits are shouting about in partisan media.
“Sean Hannity has never made sure that a train ran on time or a pothole got filled, but they look to these folks like they’re policy people,” Schoenbeck said, referencing a popular Fox News host.
…Some of the divide in the Republican Party is based on rhetoric and temperament. Schoenbeck said Republicans driven by partisan media rants and social media outrage have a tough time fitting in.
“I think it’s fair to say they irritate normal Republicans because they’re just so vitriolic,” he said.
…Four of 18 bills sponsored by the Freedom Caucus’ leaders this session have passed. Schoenbeck said the Freedom Caucus and their allies’ bills rarely succeed because they are often “not well thought-out” pieces of legislation, and when the bill is a good idea, they haven’t carefully considered the consequences of the language in it [Joshua Haiar, “Republican Leaders Flip the Script This Session, Go on Offensive Against Insurgents,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.03.04].
Focusing on national pundits? Wallowing in social media outrage? Failing to pass bills? Wow—Kristi Noem may not be on the Freedom Caucus membership list, but she sure makes a good role model for them.