The praise being lathered on Sam Hurst for his blog essay “3834: Remember That Number” is definitely deserved. You can find it at http://dakotaday.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126:3834-remember-that-number-grassroots-charge-against-herseth-sandlin-failsfabulously-&catid=13:news&Itemid=19 on his web site The Dakota Day. Yeah, I’ll ruin the ending for you and post the excerpt below, but only to entice you to read the whole piece. I don’t agree with all of his conclusions, and he perhaps inadvertently exposes an illegal signature-gathering technique used on behalf of the Kevin Weiland petition drive, but I admire his thoughtfulness, his spirit and his masterful writing. Here’s a taste:
Political conditions on the ground in each state are different, but in South Dakota, this is not the time for nuance, for playing the game, for insider tactics. This is not a time to celebrate the vague mirage of a middle ground without substance.
Let Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin worry about herself. Let Democrats worry about the fate of the party. It is at rock bottom. It stands for nothing. It has virtually no ability to raise money or mobilize its base to action on behalf of its candidates. It has no influence over politicians elected in its name. It cannot compete. Not forever, not for always, but right now, South Dakota Democrats need leaders who will yell, “Charge!” And it needs soldiers willing to aim their sabers into the fire. Perhaps 3,834 naïve, liberal, desperate, lost souls, would be a good place to begin. Poor Lakotas, closeted gay couples, rock climbers and back country hikers, family doctors, less-than-literal Christians, seven Jews, two Muslims, the last family farmers, underpaid teachers, artists, windmill technicians and solar electricians, a ragged army indeed.