Folks over at South Dakota War College are having some fun at Stace Nelson's expense. Feel free to head on over and join in.
In case you're wondering, Nelson makes a big deal of standing for 2nd amendment rights, for originalist interpretations of the Constitution, for red-meat, Tea Party, pedal-to-the-metal right wingery. And if you aren't, well, that's when he likes to toss out these rhetorical bombs that accuse others of being spineless, a squish, a RINO, a coward. In fact, he sent 'round quite a few postcards a while back making exactly those kinds of accusations against other Republicans.
I can hardly fault him for thinking himself right. I also like to think myself the arbiter of truth and right thinking. If we're honest with ourselves, most of us that get into blogging or politics (or both) like to think that. Indulging that belief too vigorously, insulting those one may later need as allies as Nelson often does, is a form of hubris that carries with it the seeds of one's own shame - and I must say I've experienced that shame on occasion, too. So I feel a little sympathy for Nelson right now.
Because a bill came up for a vote in the SD house - a bill Nelson and his supporters have been rather vocal about but a bill without much popular support. Indeed, it is one that quite a few people opposed. What's Nelson to do? Vote for it, encourage his base but alienate a lot of people whose votes he needs to become our next U.S. senator. Vote against it, avoid alienating those voters (though not necessarily winning them to his standard), but end up alienating the supporters whose money and time as volunteers he needs in order to reach those non-alienated voters who may just as readily vote for somebody else.
So courageous, brave, hard-charging Stace Nelson, the former Marine who will take on any and all comers, battling to the death for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...went to the bathroom - a head call, for us sailors and Marines. And he stayed in the head until the voting was done. Tweeting, he says. Most of us call that "flatulence" or, in the more vulgar terminology of a Marine, "farting."
I do hope he learns from it. I hope he learns to temper his accusations in the future. I hope he learns to accept conservatives and Republicans may yet be conservatives and Republicans even if they do not vote for his bills or endorse his ideas. I hope he learns to be more thoughtful and considerate of those who thoughtfully come to different conclusions. In other words, I hope he flushed the crap while "tweeting" in the bathroom of the South Dakota legislature the other day.
If not, then I recommend we change his name to "Brave Sir Robin."
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