Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Will Kissing Up To Trump Work For Shantel Krebs?

           South  Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, looking to win the Republican nod for a place on the ballot, hasn't made much news yet, but as of last August her campaign had
Her Own Woman
Or Just Another Trump-bot?
compiled $230 thousand,  probably a good start toward matching the current seatholder Kristi Noem's first campaign war chest of $1.1 million in 2010.
  Her campaign is still fairly light on specifics but some general impressions make it pretty clear just who Shantel is and the voters she wants to win over.  She made a broad proclamation to the Rapid City Journal last September, telling the paper that when Trump was elected she was "all in," and that her motivating force is that she "wants to help him deliver results."  Her slogan is "Get it done."  I admire that she rejects procrastination, but I also wonder what the "it" is that she's determined to "get done."  If "it" references her complete devotion and dedication to Trump and his policies, I wouldn't give Krebs much consideration as a congressional  representative.  "All in" is inclusive, which sounds to me like she's determined to be a rubber stamp for the administration.  If elected would she have the mettle to assert some independence when White House policies may not be the best for South Dakota?  For example, is she "all in" with Trump's hostility toward NAFTA?  He's on the record as calling it the "worst trade deal" ever approved by the United States, yet the benefits to farm states since the treaty's inception a quarter-century ago are self-evidently positive, as our senior Senator John Thune noted in a radio interview recently.  
     No doubt Krebs has her eyes on the huge margin of victory that Donald Trump got in the 2016 vote in South Dakota and plans to ride some vestigial coattails associated with it.  But given Trump and his administration's general antipathy toward free trade, corn-based ethanol and wind power, my guess is that Krebs will be quick to reconsider the notion that she'd be a surrogate for the White House.  I mean, given what we know about Trump at this stage of his administration, who on earth would go on record as being one of his toadies?  Aberdeen, SD, just lost a 400-job windpower-connected factory because of  Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies. Is Krebs all in with that?  Her website provides a nice bio and the usual platitudes along the lines of making Washington "responsive" to the needs of our state, but doesn't touch on many specifics.  One exception: her hostility toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka Food Stamps.  Oddly for someone claiming to be a voice for agriculture, she opposes the American Farm Bureau's unqualified support for the program, which someone with her farming background should know has been a boon for the ag industry.  
     Sellable as it will be to many Republicans in South Dakota, Krebs' "I'm all in with Trump" campaign is a risky venture.   Next time up I'll think about whether Dusty Johnson will provide a viable Republican alternative.


  1. Personally, I'm all in for Tim Bjorkman.

  2. At first I thought Krebs would be a good candidate but as soon as I heard of this love affair with Trump I decided against her. All in with rudeness, crudeness, perpetual lying, incompetence, nonexistent leadership skills, and childish behavior is not what we need.

  3. Tim Bjorkman has, so far, shown himself to be the only candidate for this office capable of making a position statement that contains some meaning.

  4. Shantel Krebs is anti Muslim and anti immigrant as her attendance at Rallies staged by 2018 Kansas Gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach and his support for her candidacy will attest. Korbach's work in those two areas for the Trump candidacy and administration attest to his ignorance of the Constitution of the United States. He has been called a fraud by the Washington Post. To see more on Korbach look at these two sites.


    As far as Krebs having anything to do with supporting anti Muslim or anti immigrant, legal or undocumented, is disgusting. As far as being against undocumented immigrants, as Secretary of State and previous to that as a state legislator, she like the last two governors, whose EB-5 programs encouraged the employment of undocumented workers, and the rest of the legislators during the terms of those two governors, did absolutely nothing to stem the import of those undocumented workers. The reason, you might ask? Having those undocumented workers employed in the new industries created by EB-5 would help to keep down the wages in those industries.

  5. We have a rubber stamp for Trump in the House now, I certainly wouldn't put another one there, somebody needs to stand up to that moron.

  6. Tim bjorkman is the only viable candidate to stem the big money in dc. Let's just say he is as close to bernie as we can get. Go get him TIm!

  7. Ms. Krebs looks like a great candidate. Trump can use the help. He's doing a great job, notwithstanding the specious issues you raise (who cares about wind power when America is under assault by illegal immigrants, the Deep State, North Korea, Robert Mueller... take your pick?). Trump is reducing administrative regulation and red tape, setting our economy free, protecting our First and Second Amendment rights, protecting our borders, killing absurd Iranian and climate change treaties, making spectacular choices to fill empty seats in our federal judiciary - these are the issues that are important to our country in the immediate future, if you want a country. To answer your question, I happily go on record as one of Donald Trump's "toadies." Ms. Krebs should be privileged to do so, too.