Dave Newquist over at the Northern Valley Beacon let me have it pretty hard for saying I thought Kristi Noem was a superior thinker to Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Read it here.
While I'll stand by my statement that I think Noem is the superior thinker, I guess I have to clarify that I think she thinks better than Stephanie, not that she's in a league with any of the world's great thinkers. David cleverly uses Noam Chomsky as an example of how stupid I am for suggesting that Kristi Noem could think better than Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
Dave is quick to cite Herseth Sandlin's lovely academic resume, which includes a scholarship to Georgetown and that she trotted off to accomplish – well – accomplishments, whatever those are. I suppose he means that she successfully completed law school and was the executive director of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation and clerked for two judges. She was also the youngest woman elected to the House. All very impressive indeed, but mightn't much of her career might be attributed to her famous and influential parents and grandparents? Hmmmm. Very impressive indeed.
By way of comparison (just for the sake of making the argument that paper trained politicians, are not always the best thinkers) I offer up Larry Pressler, who, you will recall graduated from the University of South Dakota, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Law School. After becoming a lawyer, he served in the Vietnam War in the Army and later became the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the United States Senate. He served in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer and was elected to the House from 1975-79 and was in the Senate from 79 to 97, where he chaired the commerce committee from 96 to 97. He was most recently named to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad by none other than President Barack Obama.
By David's measure, the highly-educated former Senator from South Dakota must be a superior thinker...