Bill Fleming suggests reading Sam Hurst's piece on Herseth Sandlin here. As is usually the case, Sam's piece is extremely well-written – while not being terribly convincing. It is well worth the read.
His premise is two-fold:
1. Herseth Sandlin's recent gains in polls are not due to Republicans buying her campaign that she is a rootin' tootin' gun-totin' South Dakota conservative, but rather that Democrats have only recently come to the horrible conclusion that she is the Devil (conservative) with a Blue Dress On" but she is the "least worst" choice for the House. (She's bad, but can't possibly be as bad as a Republican.)
2. Effective bipartisan government ended very shortly after the ratification of the Constitution. "The Founding gentlemen abhorred "faction" (which we now call parisanship). They imagined that there might be space for dialogue, for dissent, for negotiation, for new ways of solving old problems. In the space created by good will and shared values, citizens might be transcendent. Reason and practicality could win out. You could actually win me over. And I, you. The fantasy didn't last long."
As is often the case with Sam's far-left, far out logic, he's wrong on both counts.
The reason for Stephanie's recent rise in the polls has to be the effectiveness of her campaign, which is tied directly to convincing conservatives (Republicans) that she's a rootin' tootin' gun-totin' fiscal conservative, who just happens to be a Democrat.
Democrats, unless they are just completely stupid, already know that Stephanie will vote their way when Pelosi demands it, and with Republicans when Pelosi doesn't need her vote to advance her far left crackpot liberal agenda. Stephanie would not be in the House of Representatives if she had not in the past been able to convince South Dakota Republicans that she's a blue dog who has their back. Do the math.
And, as for a lack of bipartisan success, there are many examples of successful bipartisan legislation:
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 could not have passed without the help of Sen. Everett Dirkson, a moderate Republican from Illinois.
The school lunch program in the United States could not have happened without staunch liberal George McGovern (D) of South Dakota and staunch conservative Robert Dole (R) of Kansas.
Conservative Republican Ronald Reagan enjoyed a bipartisan effort, particularly with Tip O'Neil (D) Massachusetts, in creating the policies that brought an end to the Cold War.
The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts happened during the Nixon administration when a Democratically-controlled Congress was able to work with the conservative Nixon administration to do the right thing for America.
What Sam almost always misses is that he and the far-left loopy liberals are not always 100 percent right on 100 percent of the issues. Those of us who believe that good government almost always is the result of compromise, understand that the extremes of either side rarely pave the best path for America.
The choice facing South Dakota voters is simple. Kristi Noem is a conservative. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is a liberal. Choose.
What's Sam's worst nightmare? Kristi Noem.