Kranz Preaching Doom and Gloom for the GOP based on the Caucus elections
Read it all here. Boy, it's always comforting to have the next SDDP chair give a big thumbs up to what the GOP does.
Republicans might be in for some trouble because of their selections, said former state Sen. George Shanard, R-Mitchell, who served as both majority and minority leader in the Senate.
"It's not the type of leadership that I would have proposed. I think they are leading themselves into more trouble. I hate to see that," Shanard said.
Shanard is not privy to details on how the decision came about but says Republicans must now get themselves on the same page.
"We have to make sure they can hold everything together and avoid a split in the coalition. Right now, that (split) is exactly what they are doing," Shanard said. "All I do know is, they are walking in a dangerous direction."and...
What happened Monday in Pierre is just the beginning of a wave of concern within the party, said Ken Blanchard, political science professor at Northern State University.
"A lot of conservatives are very upset with the choices. They feel it is a lot to swallow with the choice of Dave Knudson as majority leader," he said.
While the vote is a secret ballot, word is that Knudson and state Sen. Kenneth McNenny, R-Sturgis, tied on the first ballot.
Longtime Pierre observers saw a a victory by the more conservative McNenny as potentially divisive to the Republican caucus.In fact, people are pressed to mention many things the two might disagree on.
Even though Heidepriem and Knudson are on opposite sides of the fence, they agree on many things, thus creating some new advantages for the usually weak Democratic Party.
The way the Republican Senate leadership election turned out suits Jack Billion, Democratic 2006 gubernatorial candidate, just fine.
The key for Republicans at this point is to give them a chance to lead. There's a lot of Republicans throwing cold water on the selections at this point for no good reason. Am I all kicked in the patoot about founders of the MAINstream coalition running the caucus? Well, let's just say that would not have been my first choice, but I'll be the first to say that they at least deserve an opportunity.
I think a lot of people are also leaving President Pro Tempore Bob Gray out of the equation as well. I've always viewed Bob as a solid conservative who should be able to bring reason to the leadership troika. I suspect that Bob will exhibit the qualities that got him elected to his leadership position, and put the brakes on any designs that the Maj and Asst Maj may have on the caucus.
In this situation, 'moderation' will be the key.