Friday, March 19, 2010

"Somebody's Not Paying Attention" - UPDATED seems to have given up on Stephanie; she is not included in their latest list of undecideds at

Somebody's Not Paying Attention

Amazingly, keeps sending me e-mail about my state's sole delegate to the House of Representatives, like this one this morning:

Dear MoveOn member,

The big House vote on health care reform is scheduled for Sunday, and Rep. Herseth Sandlin is one of the key votes needed to pass the bill.

But she still hasn't publicly said how she'll vote.1 And it might come down to a single vote.

Rep. Herseth Sandlin's office is getting bombarded by calls from both sides, so a quick visit to her office is the best way to break through the noise and remind her what's at stake on Sunday.

Rep. Herseth Sandlin has an office right near you in Sioux Falls. Can you print out a flier showing the tremendous impact that reform will have for residents of South Dakota, and drop it off before the end of the day TODAY to ask her to vote yes on reform?

Yes, I'll stop by Rep. Herseth Sandlin's office today

No, I can't make it

The office is located at:

326 East 8th Street
Suite 108
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Passing health care reform would be historic. It would lower costs, expand coverage to 32 million Americans, end insurance company discrimination for pre-existing conditions,2 and be the biggest deficit reduction measure in 25 years.3

The flier shows, in detail, what health care reform would mean for families, young adults, small-business owners, and hospitals in your area. It will remind Rep. Herseth Sandlin that reform is not just an abstract concept or a political battle—it would have a profound impact on real  people in her district. She needs to see this handout before she makes up her mind.

Please make time today to visit Rep. Herseth Sandlin's office. You can download the flier and get all the information you'll need here:

Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Joan, Daniel, Michael, and the rest of the team


1. "Hoyer Likes CBO Numbers, Sees Health Vote on Sunday," NPR, March 18, 2010

2. "CBO: Health-care reform bill cuts deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years, covers 95%,"
The Washington Post, March 18, 2010

3. "CBO: Health bill would cut $138 billion from deficit in 10 years," The Washington Post,
March 18, 2010

After a message from a week or two ago, warning me that Herseth Sandlin was being "targeted" by the GOP in her re-election bid, I sent them e-mail in which I basically said, "So what?" It's my opinion that Herseth Sandlin, whom I previously supported with enthusiasm, has proven to be a DINO who votes the wrong way on every important piece of legislation (credit-card reform? Vote to protect the big banks. Health-care reform? Vote to protect the big insurance companies), fails to support the president, and behaves in every respect like a Republican. My take: I'd rather have a genuine Republican in that seat than a name-only Democrat.

Obviously ignoring my wisdom, now sends me today's message. Which is bizarre on a couple of levels.

For one thing, la Stephanie has made it very plain on more than one occasion that she intends to vote against health-care reform. Again. I heard it from her own lips the other day on South Dakota Public Broadcasting Radio (used to just be South Dakota Public Radio, but for some reason now it's always rendered "SDPB Radio"); it's been repeated in the local rag here and here, the latter in fact being an AP report. Which I presume the folks at would have access to.

So what makes them think that she "still hasn't publicly said how she'll vote?" It's bizarre.

Bizarre too is the footnote supplies after their assertion, number 1 above, which links to an item on NPR's website that doesn't mention Herseth Sandlin at all. It's as if someone felt there needed to be a citation there and just threw in a quasi-related article. Maybe they don't think anyone ever reads the footnotes. (Note ye well, Jim Wunsch, that I listened to you 30+ years ago when you railed at the class for ignoring the footnotes! I still believe, as I told you at the time, that if stuff's really important it should be in the body of the text and not the bottom of the page, but I took your rant to heart and have kept it there ever since.)

Anyhow, I don't know where is coming from -- the Land of Wishful Thinking, I suspect -- but I do know that unless my Congresswoman has some sort of road-to-Damascus experience in the next few hours and winds up voting on the right side of history, I shall have cast my last vote for her. I believe I have provided her more than enough rope; it remains only to be seen what she intends to do with it.