I'm from South Dakota. I'm also a registered independent who self-identifies as an objectivist-conservative. My proclivities at the ballot box lean heavily toward the Republican party, as does my entire home state.
South Dakota's political history is blood-red by today's standards. South Dakota has held the longest uninterrupted party control of any state's gubernatorial office, since Bill Janklow assumed office in 1979. Including M. Michael Rounds, the current sitting governor, there have been 31 governor's in the state's history. Only six of those administrations were not Republican, and of those, five were Democratic.
The presence of Democrats in South Dakota's federal congressional delegation is somewhat anomalous, but Senator Tim Johnson has pull in the farm bill appropriations process, and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is part of a political dynasty that dates back to her grandfather's two years in the governor's chair, from 1959 to 1961.
So why does Al Franken, the junior senator from our eastern neighbor Minnesota, seem to think that supporting Nancy Pelosi is something to brag about? Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of Dakota politics will probably agree that this gaffe was utterly needless and painfully stupid. Franken may have just sealed Herseth-Sandlin's electoral doom.
At any rate, I hope so.
H/T to HotAir.com and National Journal's Hotline On Call blog.