By now, every voter should be very wary of supporting any candidate who emphasizes values over issues, logic, history, and reason. Bob Schwartz has a couple of good posts on this peculiar SD Republican attitude of moral superiority. Bob Schwartz Online
The “Family values”, “South Dakota values”, “Fundamental values”, etc are all camouflage for candidates who support the rich and powerful as they try to look like just good old boys (or good old girls). By definition “fundamental values” are values likely held by nearly everybody including ..gasp…Democrats. Krazy Kristi’s “fundamental values” is more of the GOP manure spreading campaign machine talking points.
Other than as a warning to voters, “fundamental values” is claptrap that is otherwise meaningless. All Democrats and independents should remember that John Thune used "family values" as a way to indicate your non-Republicanism showed you had defective or perverted family values. Why our Democratic candidates have never responded effectively to that insulting smear is beyond me. Now we are getting another variation implying that if you don't agree with Krazi Kristi and her Kadre of supporters, you are somehow fundamentally off the values wagon that Republicans seem to think is their monopoly.
Of course, after Richard Nixon and his dirty tricks and Watergate, George Bush sub 2 and his Iraq war and budget busting tax favoritism of the rich coupled with off-budget squandering of resources, all the GOP morality, business-like management, virtue, etc seems grossly hypocritical and totally empty. Republicans leadership almost never supports policies which help those of us who aren't wealthy enough to grease their palms. The GOP is one big empty bag under a mighty small tent.
But, you won’t read anything like this at Mt. Blogmore. The new “tone” there won’t allow it. But by golly, the high tone there allows three posts all based on a single Rassmussen Poll showing Noem beating Herseth-Sandlin.
**Stay tuned even if you don't realize you view values through a GOP funhouse mirror-- Doug Wiken