Thursday, August 27, 2009
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin made a stop in Rapid City to talk to the Rapid City Chamber's Young Professionals Group.
She began with remarks about the health care issues facing Congress and touched on the House-passed pay as you go legislation.
She said she does not support the Obama plan's public option, but does not rule out the possibility that a public option bi-partisan alternative might be found. She expressed frustration with her own party's left wing and the Republican Party's right wing for allowing the public option debate to polarize the larger problems associated with health care reform.
I was unable to speak with Rep. Herseth Sandlin (I wasn't denied an interview, I had to leave before she was able to grant one).
As a conservative, I remain relatively and cautiously impressed with Rep. Herseth Sandlin. She can hardly be blamed for not accepting an invitation to a barbecue, where she is the intended main course, so all you town hall meeting organizers, might as well get used to it.
What is puzzling to me is that she has not been more vocal on the issues. I'm conservative and what I heard her telling the Young Professionals was pretty conservative fare.
If Mr. Howie's followers could be counted upon to shut up and listen to her, they might be impressed with what she has to say. Unfortunately, that ain't gonna happen because she's a Democrat and it really won't matter what she says, Howie's followers will find a reason to drown her words with high-volume bumper sticker quips.
I hope Herseth Sandlin finds a reasonable way to meet the public out here in West River, where she's been a scarce as a happy 401K investor. We need to know her thoughts. We need to have her know ours.
Posted by Michael Sanborn at 12:43 AM