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  •  I'll stay with Herseth/Sandlin (1+ / 0-)
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    meralda

    The truth is a Democrat can't win in South Dakota without a strong showing on Indian reservations. And another truth is that our people are hurt when republicans are elected so it's imperative we fight to keep the seat in Democratic hands. In the last election we even supported her over a Republican Indian candidate who we thought was merely being used to split our votes. Another truth many progressive don't know is that Dashele lost because he betrayed native people and helped the state steal more of our lands.

    In this primary Stephanie is being challenged by a strong field of wingnuts who smell blood in the water. This revenge challenge in the primary can wound her perhaps but there is no way in hell this jonny-come-lately can either beat her or win in the general. Had that been a possibility Hillidebrand would have taken on the race the fact that he declined is pretty good proof that this isn't a serious candidate.

    This election is far too important for native people for us to back an unserious candidate. We'll stay with Herseth/Sandlin and I hope kossacks thinking about wasting their money in South Dakota will reconsider.

    •  I hope discussion is good (0+ / 0-)

      I value your comments. In the national political sphere, South Dakota is such an inconsequential asterisk, that you can debate strategy and theory without much risk.

      There are a lot bigger fish to fry

      But like you, I am a South Dakotan, and when it is personal, the game is a lot more serious.

      This election is far too important for native people.

      It really does matter to us every day, not just when there is a vote in Congress.  And that is why I am asking - now that is looks like there is a primary, what is our best course? I don't have the answer. I am looking for it.

      Never separate the life you live from the words you speak - Paul Wellstone

      by meralda on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 12:18:12 PM PDT

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      •  thanks to Hillary Clinton... (1+ / 0-)
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        staying doggedly in the race South Dakota got some play in the last presidential election and the native vote went for Obama big time. We are generally progressive and support progressive issues except on abortion. But both Senator Johnson and Herseth/Sandlin take a more conservative tack than we would like at times. In the case of HCR this state like many red states is solidly against it and imo independents and most democrats also oppose it. Had she voted for HCR she would have given the GOP too much ammo to use against her, so she really had no choice.

        here's my opinion, for a progressive candidate to make a credible run he/she must have a lot of name recognition and some special factors in their favor such as Herseth/Sandlins family or a solid record in state government. Without that there is no chance to win so unfortunatly we have to hold our noses and vote for a conservadem to keep the seat out of rethug hands.

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