The Campaign Spot

Does Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin Have Reason to Sweat?

Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, the Democrat who represents all of South Dakota in the House, was one of those lawmakers who I figured knew her constituents well enough to avoid any real political risk. She narrowly won a 2004 special election, and then won 53 percent as Tom Daschle was losing his reelection bid for the Senate later in 2004. Her share of the vote was in the high 60s in 2006 and 2008.

She voted against the health-care bill. She supported removing Charlie Rangel from the Ways and Means chairmanship. She voted against cap-and-trade. But she did vote for the stimulus, and perhaps her constituents are realizing that despite Herseth-Sandlin’s dissents from party orthodoxy, her first vote every year is to empower Nancy Pelosi.

Maybe even a carefully voting Democrat’s luck can run out this year: Rasmussen puts her up by only 2 percentage points against Chris Nelson.

Most Popular


If Amy Wax Is Wrong, Let’s See the Data

Regarding the kerfuffle Jason Richwine addressed here earlier, the economist Glenn Loury has posted an impassioned plea to his Facebook page. Loury, you may recall, hosts the video blog where Wax made her controversial claim that black students at Penn Law School rarely graduate in the top half of the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

San Francisco Bans Fur Sales

San Francisco has banned the sale of fur. From the CBS-SF story: San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of fur clothing and products. Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure that prohibits the sale of fur clothes, accessories, even souvenirs in stores and ... Read More

For the First Time in Weeks, Relief Sweeps over Austin

Making the click-through worthwhile: The Austin bomber is done in by one of his own devices; some new numbers suggest that a small but significant portion of Trump voters are tiring of the chaos and aren’t showing up to support other Republicans in 2018; and the mixed news for conservatives coming out of the ... Read More

The Baleful Effect of #MeToo on Campus

Remember the series of hurricanes that pounded the Caribbean last summer? Something like that has been occurring on college campuses, as they're hit by one destructive mania after another: diversity, Title IX, anti-speech protests. Now it's the #MeToo Movement. In this Martin Center article, British academic ... Read More
Politics & Policy

A Time for Choosing

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference was controversial. Invitations to European nationalist populists such as Nigel Farage and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (the niece of Marine Le Pen) caused many longtime conservatives to question whether they still belong to the conservative movement. Vocal critics ... Read More