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A couple of observations about the political presence at the Brookings Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2014

Today I’m hanging out with the family in Volga, so we though it would be fun to go watch the Independence Day Parade in Brookings. It was a nice and short parade. Long enough for the kids to get plenty of candy, but short enough that it didn’t eat into the day. Here are a few observations about the political entries in this parade.

First, here is a picture of the group marching on behalf of the Democrats:

Democrats marching in the  Brookings Independence Day Parade

Democrats marching in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

One thing I found quite odd is the lack of signage for gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer. There were at least three for Lt Gov candidate Susan Blake, plus a few who had Susan Blake shirts on. But I didn’t see any sign of Wismer. Perhaps this was just an oversight… It just seemed very odd that the Lt Gov candidate would get support; and the Gov candidate wouldn’t even get a sign on a truck…

And speaking of trucks. Here is the presence for the Democrat hoping to take out Kristi Noem this fall:

Democrat vehicle in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

Democrat vehicle in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

The Corinna Robinson banner was actually a pretty good idea. The big problem here again: Susan Blake had signs on the truck, but somehow the Democrats failed to put even one Wismer sign up. Part of me wonders if the total disorganization within the SDDP is causing situations like this to happen.

The Republicans took a different approach in this parade. They had the normal pickup of signs pulling a trailer of signs shown below:

Republican sign truck in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

Republican sign truck in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

Here you can clearly see multiple Daugaard signs present. Also present are signs for SOS candidate Shantel Krebs. If the Democrats hope to have a chance against Shantel they need to start getting Schultz’s name out there.

The Republicans took a different approach. Instead of marching with signs, like the Democrats, they choose to walk the sides and hand out candy and stickers. It almost makes me wonder if the Democrats didn’t have enough money to do so. Too bad. If this is true throughout the rest of the summer it will be a very quiet election season and leave no hope for Democrats in statewide races this fall.

At first I was going to mention the lack of participants for the Republican’s in this parade. But after looking through my pictures I realized the Republicans did in fact have a larger presence in this parade:

Right to Life trailer in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

Right to Life trailer in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

This shows where the Republicans in this state have more flexibility than the Democrats. The Democrats simply don’t seem to have the resources (money or personnel) to have issue based entries in these parades. True this is only one parade. But I’ve noticed the same at other parades over the last couple of years. It appears the Democrats have no infrastructure in place to consistently get issue-based attention.

That is enough talking about the Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately there was no sign of Independent candidates to even write about.

There is one special entry worth mentioning though. The folks of Dakota Rural Action (DRA) were present in the parade:

Dakota Rural Action in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

Dakota Rural Action in the Brookings Independence Day Parade

DRA has been a pretty interesting grassroots advocacy group in South Dakota. If not for DRA I fear the SD Dept of Ag would have won and killed the raw milk industry in South Dakota altogether.

Well, that is where I’ll end this post. No great insights or news. Just a couple of observations while watching a parade. Have a great Independence Day weekend everyone!

  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    July 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Read the handwriting on the wall, Ken. It’s almost carved in stone.

    • July 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I wasn’t even going to do a post today.. but I couldn’t help it. If the Dems can’t even support WIsmer, why even keep her in the race….Dems would be much better off backing Myers. They might disagree with him on some issues. But he at least would have some small chance…

  2. July 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The Wismer campaign is committing death by a thousand paper cuts with their logo/signage. The Susan for South Dakota signs the people are carrying is the Wismer logo. The Blake addition makes it seem as if this is a Susan/Susie sign for Blake.

    Madonna/Lebron might get by on first names. Both are uncommon names for uncommon talents. Most,folks however, need to use a last name especially with a common first name. One can’t say Michael and expect someone to know whether one is referring to the singer or athlete or archangel.unless one provides context.

    One certainly needs Wismer on the sign to provide contrast with Susie Blake

    I don’t know which is worse, not support or support that no one can identify.

    Good work today.

    • July 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Another thing I noticed today on the drive back from Volga to Aberdeen was two Gordon Howie Signs in the countryside, a few Rounds signs, and two Daugaard signs. Nothing from a Democrat.

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