Monday, August 31, 2009
The All Cute Race for House?
The War College is busying itself with rumors that Shantel Krebs may be entering the race for the Republican nomination for South Dakota's lone House seat currently occupied by Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. You can read it here.
Powers asserts that Krebs' entrance "could set the race on its ear."
On the contrary, Krebs entrance would only muddy the Republican waters and likely split the party among four candidates, which will include Thad Wasson and may include Dr. Blake Curd and Secretary of State Chris Nelson.
War College posters seem more interested in which woman was more "hot" than in where they stand on the issues. Whoopee! Let's vote for the cute one!
Krebs is a graduate of the Dakota State University and was the 1997 Miss South Dakota. She's in her second term in the House representing the 10th District. She owns a retail designer shoe business in Sioux Falls.
Herseth Sandlin received her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. She's been in private practice as an attorney and was Executive Director of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Foundation.
Krebs fits neatly into the religious right's conservative cubicle. Blue Dog Democrat Herseth Sandlin does not.
Republicans are foolish if they encourage a primary where a bunch of people who generally agree beat each other up as Herseth Sandlin sits back and watches without ever having to tell voters what she thinks or how she votes.
Chris Nelson is a solid candidate with excellent name recognition and the party should get behind him and, if they hope to have a prayer against a formidable Herseth Sandlin, others in the race should get behind Nelson also because he's the only candidate with a prayer of beating her.
I've no doubt Herseth Sandlin will come out of hiding soon and start being vocal about her positions on health care reform. She'll make herself available to voters across the state. She has to. And she must know she has to.
But if she doesn't, trotting out a cutie to run against her is a mistake and misses the mark. Herseth Sandlin is not a representative in the House because she's cute. She's there because she's smart.
I don't know Krebs from a hole in the ground. She might be very bright. She might be an excellent candidate. But outside her district, few know who she is and she has little chance against a seasoned campaigner.
On a personal note, my grandfather was a shoemaker and my father owned and operated shoe stores in Rapid City, Denver and Salina, Kansas. I worked in all of them. And I am suspect of anyone who thinks its a good idea to start a business where you spend your day with your nose less than 24 inches from rich women's stinking feet.
Posted by Michael Sanborn at 10:58 PM